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Wilton Wildlife Preserve & Park Presentation @ 7:00 - 8:30pm
Location: William K. Sanford Library, 629 Albany Shaker Rd, Albany, NY 12211

7:00pm to 8:30pm

Free and Open to the Public!

The largest population of the endangered Karner blue butterfly in the eastern United States is found in Wilton Wildlife Preserve & Park.  The Preserve & Park is a non-profit organization that partners with New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, The Nature Conservancy, Saratoga County, and the Town of Wilton.  The protection of lands within the Saratoga Sandplains ecosystem and the creation of additional acreage of the meadow habitat that is required by the butterfly has been a priority effort of NYS DEC and TNC.  This presentation will cover the formation of the Preserve & Park, the fire-dependent ecosystem of the Sandplains, the natural history of the Karner blue butterfly, and an overview of the other threatened and species of special conservation need that are found there.  The presentation will also cover the benefits of the early successional habitat that is being created to a host of important bird species.  Several of the citizen science projects relating to these bird species will be highlighted.

The presenter will be Margo Olson, Executive Director of Wilton Wildlife Preserve & Park where she has been for over five years.  Prior to the Preserve & Park, her career has revolved around non-profit management and education. She has worked as an Interpretive Ranger for the National Park Service, and worked in nature centers, museums, and most recently at Skidmore College.

This is a semi-annual joint program with the Hudson-Mohawk Bird Club.

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