The goose in this picture has a lot of friends, but is sending everyone on the proverbial "Wild Goose Chase"!
It seems an unknowing fisherman dropped a fishing line that somehow has become entangled around both of its feet. The goose is now hurting after almost 5 days in and out of the water, limping and probably in great pain. When I got involved a chronology of phone calls, emails, etc. has reminded me that either accidental or due to carelessness, this goose may not have any options as long as it continues to be healthy enough to limp away.
We have contacted City Animal control, they came, the goose escaped capture. We contacted Five Rivers, DGS, and NYS Dept. of Environmental Conservation. No help yet. Today, I was given a number of a group of volunteers called the North Country Wild Care Rescue. They recommended, feeding the affected goose out of the water, so that if and when a volunteer is found in this area, they will have a better chance of catching it.
So, one potentially careless act may be causing the demise of an unsuspecting goose at our Pond. If you see someone on a Wild Goose Chase from today on, give them a hand, they are going to need it!
Harry J. Ermides, President
The Board has recently voted to increase our Board to 11 members from 9 in accordance with our By-Laws. This is necesary as we proceed to implementing the soon to be released recommendations for our plans to maintain Buckingham Pond.
There is an immediate need for board members who can assist in fundraising, website maintenance, publicity and outreach, project management, etc. If you love Buckingham Pond, want to see it flourish into the future, can dedicate approximately 75 hours per year and would like to help your neighbors with the many tasks that we will need to supervise or lead, please complete the Nomination Form and return it to the address noted by April 3rd.
Buckingham Pond Conservancy is an all-volunteer, not-for-profit organization. Our mission is “to coordinate existing resources and identify new resources devoted to protecting, preserving, and enhancing Buckingham Pond and its surrounding green space.”
What does the Conservancy do?
• We build relationships with City departments and other stakeholders,
• We host community events including an Ice Cream Social and winter Skating Party,
• We coordinate cleanup and work days,
• We study the pond’s ecological health, including sampling the water each summer through the NYSDEC Citizen’s Statewide Lake Assessment Program,
• We seek grant funds to enhance and protect the pond.
Please join today by clicking http://www.buckinghampondconservancy.org/join and making a $25 tax deductble donation to become a member or renew your membership for 2015.
It has been an amazing and long winter everywhere and certainly here at Buckingham Pond! Now that the ice and snow are finally melting, we turn our attention to Spring. Officially, Spring starts Friday, March 20th. We have several activities tht will begin, this year in April, due to the early holidays of Passover and Easter.
Please save April 19th on your calendars. This is the date of our Annual Membership Meeting.
The week after our Annual Meeting we will be fighting invasive species at our Annual Spring Cleanup on April 26th!
More details will follow.