Karner blue butterfly focus of nature events

Thursday, May 23, 2013
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— The Karner blue butterflies have once again re-emerged in the Capital Region.

The Wilton Wildlife Preserve & Park, located on Scout Road in Gansevoort, recently reported the first local sighting of the insects this spring.

This time of year is one of the best times to spot these endangered butterflies in the Capital Region; the other is in July.

There are multiple trails in the Wilton Wildlife Preserve & Park where they can be seen, both in Camp Saratoga North off of Scout Road and in Old Gick Farm off of Route 50.

There will be guided hour-long tours of the trails at the Old Gick Farm that will give local residents the opportunity to spot the Karner blues. These tours will take place at 4 p.m. today and May 30. Groups will meet in the parking area for the Old Gick Farm, which is past Wilton Mall.

Another key habitat is the Pine Bush in Albany County. The Albany Pine Bush Preserve on New Karner Road in Albany is known for its attempts toward the preservation of the Karner blue butterfly, which is one of 16 insects that the Pine Bush Preserve is helping to recover and protect.

The Albany Pine Bush Preserve also will be providing an opportunity to see the Karner blue butterflies up close. From 1 to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, preserve staffers will be leading a hike for a chance to view the butterflies. The cost is $5 per family.

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