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Help Needed with Loosestrife Wed Sept 14th 6:00 pm

On Wednesday, September 14th at 6:00 PM we will continue our efforts to suppress Purple Loosestrife from the pond. Purple Loosestrife is a problem for the pond because it chokes out native plants like cattails. Cattails are needed by native species like ducks and muskrats, and they also help filter the water that runs in to the pond. For the last two summers we've dug out what we could, and it's clearly making a difference, this year there are noticeably more cattails and less loosestrife - but there's more to do this year.

If you can spare an hour or so, please join us at the Euclid Avenue end of the pond on Wednesday Sept 14th at 6:00 PM. Bring work gloves, long handled spades, and waders if you've got 'em. We have some tools to loan as well, so don't let a lack of tools stop you from coming! The worst of the remaining loosestrife is in a hard to get location right at the end of the pond. But if you don't have waders, please come anyway - there are individual plants in easier locations, and we need folks on dry land to help out.

If you plan to come, please let us know at albanybpc@gmail.com.

Ice Cream Social Sunday 9/11 1 to 3 PM

Ice Cream Social at Buckingham Pond
Sunday September 11, 2011
1:00 to 3:00 PM

Donations gratefully accepted to support Buckingham Pond Conservancy
In addition to ice cream hotdogs and other refreshments will also be available.

Featuring the with Ruth Pelham
Performance at 2:00 PM
Building Peaceful Communities Through Music
Come join our neighbor Ruth Pelham whose voice and vision has earned her the affection and trust of audiences young and old alike. Her music touches our common heart and renews our hope for humanity's ability to grow toward a lasting world peace.
All voices are enthusiastically encouraged to be part of the community chorus!

Help Needed with Loosestrife August 20th 9:00 am

On Saturday August 20th we will continue our efforts to suppress Purple Loosestrife from the pond. Purple Loosestrife is a problem for the pond because it chokes out native plants like cattails. Cattails are needed by native species like ducks and muskrats, and they also help filter the water that runs in to the pond. For the last two summers we've dug out what we could, and it's clearly making a difference, this year there are noticeably more cattails and less loosestrife - but there's more to do this year.

If you can spare an hour or so, please join us at the Euclid Avenue end of the pond on Saturday 8/20 at 9:00 am. Bring work gloves, long handled spades, and waders if you've got 'em. The worst of the remaining loosestrife is in a hard to get location right at the end of the pond. But if you don't have waders, please come anyway - there are individual plants in easier locations, and we need folks on dry land to help out.

Also on August 20th, we'll be continuing our CSLAP water sampling, so you'll get to see that in action. If you want to help with the water testing, that starts at 8:30 at the foot of Lenox Avenue on the South (New Scotland) side of the pond.

Where did all the water go?

Well the pond's not quite as dry as the moon, but it is pretty dry! File this one under the category of "Mistakes Happen". The water department was testing the pump at the west end of the pond. They turned it to "on" as part of the test and and forgot to turn it back to "automatic". The net result is what you see when you walk around the pond right now - missing water!

While it would be theoretically possible to re-fill the pond with municipal water, the board's inclination is not to ask the City to do that for fear of Chlorine in the water having negative ramifications on the fish and other wildlife.

CDTA Restruturing Meetings

While this isn't a directly pond related issue, we thought some neighbors who are also Conservancy members would like to know that CDTA has announced route restructuring, and as per the announced plan "Buckingham Pond neighborhood . . . will no longer have direct access to regular route service. Customers will have a reasonable walking distance to more frequent services on nearby corridors."

There is a public input meeting: Thursday, July 14, 4:00-8:00pm Albany Public Library – Pine Hills Branch at 517 Western Avenue

Visit www.cdta.org for more information.

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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