Neil Gifford, Conservation Director, Albany Pine Bush Preserve, 195 New Karner Road, Suite 1, Albany, New York, USA.
Neil's Full Bio:
Neil A. Gifford is the Conservation Director for the Albany Pine Bush Preserve Commission, a New York State Public Authority established in 1988 to protect and manage a viable pitch pine - scrub oak barrens in Albany New York. Neil is a graduate of Paul Smith's College where he earned an AAS in Ecology and Environmental Technology, and Plattsburgh State University, where he received a B.A. in Environmental Science and Ecology, and later a M.A. studying the breeding season bird ecology of the fire-dependent jack pine sandstone pavement barrens of northern Clinton County. As the Conservation Director he is the Commission's lead scientist, directing management and research activities, within the 3,300 - acre globally-rare nature preserve. He has authored several scientific publications on various aspects of pine barrens ornithology and conservation, and is a licensed USGS bird bander. During his 23-years with the Commission he has served as a volunteer, and been employed as a conservation technician, prescribe fire crewmember, and Preserve Ecologist. During his tenure as Conservation Director the Albany Pine Bush Karner blue butterfly population has fully recovered and the preserve has been designated a National Natural Landmark, a NYS Bird Conservation Area and a National Audubon Society Important Bird Area.
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