J1459

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

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

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J1459


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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