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Ice Cream Social

Join us Sunday September 13,2015 from 1p-3p for our annual ice cream social! There is going to be a guided nature walk and food available. Come enjoy a fun part of your Sunday with family and friends.Please follow us on Facebook for updates and in the event of inclement weather a rescheduled date.

Injured Goose week of 7/12/15, Please discard your fishing line!

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

Annual Meeting

Great turnout for the annual meeting. Click for slides from the meeting and the presentation on Invasive Species.

We need your help. Please become a Board Member

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.

We need you!

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.

Save the Date!

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.

ICE SKATING ON BUCKINGHAM POND 1/25/15

Get out the ice skates, bring your family and friends to enjoy ice skating, Hot Chili, Dunkin Donuts, Hot Coffee, and Hot Chocolate on Buckingham Pond. Weather and ice permitting, alternate date 2/8/15

HAPPY HOLIDAYS TO FRIENDS OF BUCKINGHAM POND CONSERVANCY

We want to thank all of our friends and neighbors who support the Buckingham Pond Conservancy and cherish images like this one. Whether Spring, Summer, Fall, or Winter, Buckingham Pond offers everyone the gift of its beauty. I wanted to say thank you to all of you have provided financial support, hard work and time during cleanups, participation and attendance in social events, and for all other means of encouragement you have given our great group of volunteers. Thanks and Happy Holidays to you and your families! Harry J. Ermides, President Mark Bechard *** Grace Bennett *** John Caplis Marjorie Geiger *** Harry Meislahn *** Felton McLaughlin *** Mara Penrose *** Anne Savage

Why you may see scientists at the pond this Fall

Behind the scenes, Buckingham Pond Conservancy has been making major progress towards our key goal of developing a strategic plan for water quality at the pond. This strategic plan should put us in position to access state and federal grant funds to implement the projects identified during the planning process.

Through a partnership nurtured by Mayor Kathy Sheehan since our last Annual Meeting, we have, together with the City Planning Department represented by Mary Millus and the Department of Water & Water Supply, represented by Commissioner Joe Coffey, received an $8,275 grant from the Hudson River Greenway towards hiring an engineering firm to study the science related to Buckingham Pond. In addition we have been awarded a $10,000 grant from the Bender Family Foundation towards this effort. And finally, while these grants are important, it's memberships and donations from the many friends of Buckingham Pond that will close the gap between the grant amounts and the amount we need to complete the work.

The above has been the catalyst to awarding a contract to Barton & Loguidice, DPC Engineers for analysis and recommendations to help address our pond's challenges. Starting this coming Monday, 10/13/14 through the Spring of 2015, you will be seeing members of the Engineering firm, the City of Albany, and the Buckingham Pond Conservancy collecting information and scientific data to help us complete the strategic plan, and ultimately, to fix what may be broken, based on recommendations made at the conclusion of this project next Spring.

What can you do? This is a substantial undertaking, and BPC is a small group. We need anyone who is not a member to become one. Use your credit card or PayPal account to join via our website at http://www.buckinghampondconservancy.org/join, or mail your check for the $25 individual annual membership to Buckingham Pond Conservancy, PO Box 8352, Albany, NY 12208. Also, if you have been a member in the past, and have not recently paid your dues, consider paying or making a donation at this time.

Fall Clean Up Sunday 11/2 from 1 - 3

Now that summer has ended, it's time for the Buckingham Pond Fall Clean Up. Please mark your calendar for Sunday, November 2nd from 1 - 3. This annual event is a great way to contribute to our neighborhood gem.

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