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Ice Cream Social Sunday 9/10

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Come out and enjoy some ice cream courtesy of Stewarts and kick off the beginning of Fall with friends and neighbors at the Pond
Sunday Septebmer 10th, 2017
1PM - 3 PM
Nature Tours with Sean Madden
Music by Brett Sears

Duck Rescue!

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Here's a feel good story for the week ... Yesterday police officers got a call about a duck tangled in a fishing line at Buckingham Pond today. The back of the duck's wing was tangled in a line that was stuck high in a tree. Officers Dan Kuhn and Greg McGee and two employees of True Green worked together and with sticks and poles, managed to get the duck free! She seems to be OK, we saw her flap her wings a few times before leaving the pond. Thank you Albany Police Department!

Volunteer Construction Leader Needed!

We are making excellent progress on the playground project.  The equipment has been ordered, the City is on board to do the heavy work, and now we need to figure out the details of the volunteer part of the construction.  We could use some help to do that.   Do you know someone who is comfortable with tools and construction, who is good at planning ahead, and who'd be willing to help us bring this project to fruition?  Are you that person?  Read on for more details, and if you are interested, get in touch at info@buckinghampondconservancy.org
 
The Conservancy has raised the necessary funds for a new playground at Buckingham Pond.  (Thank you to everyone who donated, especially to our major donors: The Lobo Living Trust in memory of Angelo & Victoria Lobo, the Massry Family, the City of Albany, the Bender Family Foundation and Dolores Hamilton).  
 
In order to stretch our dollars to get the best playground possible, we are planning on a "community build".  That means volunteers will do the lighter work of assembling the playstructures.  City of Albany's Deparment of General Services will do the heavy work including digging footings, pouring concrete, and spreading the engineered wood fiber surface.  Kompan (the playground equipment company) will provide an installer to coordinate and supervise the installation work.
 
What we need is someone to be the primary contact on our side, who has the time and skills to get to a fine level of detail to coordinate with DGS and plan for the right amount of time and the right number of volunteers.   Ideally that person would be availabe during the build to help ensure that everything goes smoothly.
 
The planning time is basically now, or soon. We anticipate that the equipment will be delivered around 10/19 or 10/20, and we'll want to do the actual build as soon as possible after that.    (For those who aren't right for the construction leader, but do want to help build our awesome new playgound,  keep an eye on this space, we'll let you know here about dates and times for the build once we get those details worked out.)
 
Please contact info@buckinghampondconservancy.org if you think you can help with this effort, or know someone who can.
 

Don't Be Surprised by Low Water Levels

Don't be surprised if you notice low water levels in the pond. This is actually good news! The water department is doing some shore-line stabilization and needed to lower the water level by about 6". This is a temporary change ...water levels will soon return to normal.

This work is funded by donations to BPC including a substantial anonymous donation. Thanks to all of our donors, and special thanks to you Anonymous! Another great example of BPC and the City working together for improvements at the Pond.

This is just one of several strategies for addressing water quality concerns that were identified in the Lake Management Plan developed for BPC by B&L engineering in 2015. The Conservancy is working every day to identify resources to implement these improvements so that Buckingham Pond continues to provide a little bit of nature in the City for all the residents of Albany!  Read the Lake Management Plan here

Wondering What's Happening at the Pond?

Have you been wondering what's been going on at the pond?   We're happy to report that the City of Albany is addressing the long-standing erosion problem at the Euclid entrance on the south (New Scotland) side.  This area has been washing out during each large storm, creating a small canyon that makes it difficult to traverse, and results in lots of stone dust in the Pond. The Conservancy identified this as a concern as far back as 2009, and we are so happy that the Water Department is addressing this.  Thank you Commissioner Joe Coffey!

Next Meeting

Please join us at the next board meeting.  Board meetings are the best way to find out what we are doing and get more involved.
Next meeting:
Monday August 7 at 7:30 PM
Bach Branch of Albany Public Library
455 New Scotland Ave

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