Resolution J1459-2013

Commending the Albany Pine Bush Preserve Commission and the students of Farnsworth Middle School, on publishing Mister Karner Blue

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  • Apr 30, 2013: ADOPTED
  • Apr 30, 2013: REPORTED TO CALENDAR FOR CONSIDERATION
  • Apr 24, 2013: REFERRED TO FINANCE

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LEGISLATIVE  RESOLUTION commending the Albany Pine Bush Preserve Commis-
sion and the students of Farnsworth Middle School  in  Guilderland,  New
York, upon the occasion of publishing MISTER KARNER BLUE

WHEREAS,  It  is the sense of this Legislative Body to recognize and pay
tribute to those organizations and individuals dedicating their purpose-
ful work to increasing public awareness of, and  appreciation  for,  the
natural resources of New York, recognizing the role all citizens have in
protecting the environment and the quality of life in this Empire State;
and
  WHEREAS,  Furthermore,  it is the practice of this Legislative Body to
recognize and pay tribute to those young people within the great  Empire
State  who  have  made strong contributions to their communities and who
serve as role models for their peers; and
  WHEREAS, Attendant to such concern, and in full accord with its  long-
standing  traditions,  this  Legislative Body is justly proud to commend
the Albany Pine Bush Preserve Commission and the students of  Farnsworth
Middle  School in Guilderland, New York, upon the occasion of publishing
MISTER KARNER BLUE, a new children's book, written for kids by kids, and
featuring the federally-endangered Karner blue butterfly; and
  WHEREAS, The Albany Pine Bush Preserve Commission  celebrated  with  a
book  signing  party on Saturday, March 9, 2013, at the Albany Pine Bush
Discovery Center, Albany, New York; and
  WHEREAS, The Karner blue butterfly (Lycaeides Melissa samuelis)  shall
be  the  official State endangered species, and the lady bug (Coccinella
novemnotata) shall be the official insect of the State of New York; and
  WHEREAS, The newly released MISTER KARNER BLUE  is  the  result  of  a
unique  collaboration  between  the Albany Pine Bush Preserve Commission
and the Farnsworth Middle School in Guilderland, New York  and  in  that
regard, presents a story within a story; and
  WHEREAS,  This  scientifically-accurate,  yet  fanciful tale for young
children was created by students from the school's  Pine  Bush  Project;
and
  WHEREAS, This is a groundbreaking program in which 6th and 7th graders
conduct  long-term  studies  in ecological restoration and work to raise
Karner blue butterflies for release in newly-restored Preserve  habitat;
and
  WHEREAS,  For the last 15 years, the 6th and 7th graders of Farnsworth
Middle School have been assisting the Commission's conservation  efforts
through a cutting-edge, nationally-innovative program; and
  WHEREAS, The book stems from one special year when a student scrapbook
project  grew into a collaboration with teachers, volunteers and Commis-
sion staff to create this truly magical little picture-story book; and
  WHEREAS, Each year, in partnership with the Commission and  under  the
guidance  of  the school project's founder, Dr. Alan Fiero, the students
participate in authentic scientific research including a captive rearing
program for the Karner blue butterfly; and
  WHEREAS, In 2012, of the 600 captive-reared butterfly chrysalises  the
Albany  Pine  Bush Preserve Commission had to work with, 400 were reared
in partnership with the New Hampshire Department of Fish and Game, while
200 were reared at the Farnsworth Middle School; and
  WHEREAS, The Albany Pine Bush Preserve is  a  globally-rare  ecosystem
hosting  over  1,000  known  species  of butterflies and moths; New York
State has the largest variety of butterflies and  moths  in  the  United
States,  with  the  Preserve providing habitat for more species than any
other place in the State; and

  WHEREAS, Although the book was a group effort, the primary author is a
student named Natasha Permaul; Natasha, now a sophomore in high  school,
was  a  seventh  grader at Farnsworth Middle School when she submitted a
scrapbook presentation on the life cycle of the  Karner  blue  butterfly
for Dr. Fiero's final assignment; and
  WHEREAS,  The  book tells the story of Mr. Karner Blue and his depend-
ence on the complex and rare habitat of inland pine barrens; it features
artwork by the children and their teacher as well  as  photos  by  adult
volunteers from the Preserve; and
  WHEREAS,  The  Karner  blue  butterflies are rare, diminutive, hard to
spot, live only three to five days, and  are  difficult  to  distinguish
from other similar non-endangered butterflies; as caterpillars, they can
only  eat  wild  blue lupine which in turn requires the sandy open areas
produced by the Preserve's fire-dependent habitat; and
  WHEREAS, Furthermore, missing for 29 years, the  nine-spotted  ladybug
is  back;  since 1982, there has not been a single nine-spotted ladybug,
the official New York State insect, spotted anywhere in the State; and
  WHEREAS, In 2000, the Lost Ladybug Project was established to try  and
hunt  down  the native United States insect; by 2006, only five had been
found across the entirety of North America, and not a single one in  New
York  State; fortunately, a bunch were found earlier this year on a farm
in Amagansett, New York, and now  they  are  being  bred  in  a  lab  in
Cornell, New York; and
  WHEREAS,  It  is  incumbent upon all citizens to recognize and applaud
the efforts of organizations and persons such as the  Albany  Pine  Bush
Preserve  Commission  and  the  students of Farnsworth Middle School who
work tirelessly on behalf of protecting our natural surroundings for the
benefit of present and future generations of New  Yorkers;  now,  there-
fore, be it
  RESOLVED,  That  this  Legislative  Body pause in its deliberations to
commend the Albany Pine Bush Preserve Commission  and  the  students  of
Farnsworth  Middle School in Guilderland, New York, upon the occasion of
publishing MISTER KARNER BLUE; and be it further
  RESOLVED, That copies of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to the Albany Pine Bush Preserve Commission and the students  of
Farnsworth Middle School.

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