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Lawn Care Without Pesticides

Lawn Care Without Pesticides

Brochure from Cornell Cooperative Extension

Pollution Source and Restoration Assessment 2010

Buckingham Pond Pollution Source and Restoration Assessment: A Student Internship Project for the Buckingham Pond Conservancy Final Report

Authored by Ms. Sarah Schaefer, student of Dr. Katherine Meierdiercks at the Siena College Department of Environmental Studies, this report was completed in Dec 2010 and concludes that there are no commercial or industrial pollution sources impacting the pond, but that changes in landscaping and maintenance at the park and throughout the watershed could improve water quality.

Annual Meeting to be held Sun 3/6 1:00 PM

Please save the date for the Buckingham Pond Conservancy Annual Meeting
Sunday March 6, 2011 from 1:00 to 2:30 PM

We are seeking a candidate to take a one year board seat. If you are interested please contact us at

Successful Sweetheart Skate

Today's Sweetheart Skating Party was Sweet!! Thanks to everyone who came to the pond and enjoyed an afternoon with friends and neighbors. Special thanks to the Albany Devil Dawg & friends, Stewart's Shops, the Chocolate Gecko and the City of Albany. We had so much fun we are already planning next year's skating party!

Save the Date for the Sweetheart Skate - 2/13/2011

Sweetheart Skate for all ages
Sunday, Feb. 13, 2011
1 - 3 pm
Buckingham Pond
(ice conditions permitting - to check the ice conditions, visit the website on Saturday 2/12, or subscribe to the email list )

Everyone who loves the pond is a sweetheart to us!
Come have fun and meet other pond sweethearts.

If you are interested in helping plan this or other events, please let us know at

This event is co-sponsored by the City of Albany.

Thanks for a Great 2010 Fall Clean Up

The Fall 2010 Clean up was a great success!

Thanks to everyone for a terrific job at the clean up last Sunday. We had more than 25 enthusiastic volunteers who planted hundreds of bulbs. Look for the results of their efforts next spring. Each clean up we are finding less and less garbage around the pond and park -- our efforts are really paying off!

Special thanks to the City of Albany Department of General Services, especially Judy Stacey for providing us with the bulbs, dirt and tools.

Next up for BPC is a January annual meeting to set priorities for 2011. We'll be back to you soon with a date and time. Please start thinking about what you'd like to see the group focus on next year. We need your ideas and enthusiasm!

Also, there's talk of a skating/winter party some time this winter, but we need a small group to organize it. We had hoped to do something similar over the summer but it didn't come together. If you are interested in working on these type of community building events, contact me at We'd love to have a neighborhood party with food, fun and activities centered around the pond.

CleanUp Day Sunday 11/7 from 1 - 3 PM

Please join us for the Pond Cleanup Day this Sunday 11/7 from 1 to 3 pm.
Bulb planting, trash pickup and general fall chores.
Bring work gloves and your favorite tool, or use the ones provided.
Meet at the parking area by the playground.

Path Improvements

If you haven't walked around the pond recently be sure to check out the improvements to the path on the south (New Scotland) side. Over the summer the City of Albany reconfigured the pond path to be much less steep, reducing erosion problems and making the path easier for all to walk. Funds for this project were provided through a grant from the Albany County Soil & Water Conservation District, which the Buckingham Pond Conservancy helped arrange. Note also the new garbage can at the Lenox entrance to the path which is in active use, especially by dog owners, hurray!

Thank You for the Great Mulchathon 2010

Thanks to everyone for a terrific job at the clean up this past Sunday. Jack tells us the playground looks better than anytime in the 17 years he's been on the job.

Special thanks to Jason Schultz of Brookside Nursery who led our nature walk. If you didn't get a chance to join us this year, keep an eye out for future opportunities -- the walk was great fun and everyone learned a lot. Jason is also a talented sculptor. View his work at

And also extra special thanks to the City of Albany Department of General Services, especially Asst. Commissioner Dan Dilillo and Supervisor Ed Kindlon for their help providing tools, and of course the mountain of mulch.

Were you energized by the great camaraderie and work on Sunday? If you'd like to help again, we're hoping to pull together a group to attack the purple loose strife that is slowly choking out the cattails at the pond. We made an initial stab at this at the clean up last fall, but there's lots more to do. Read more about loose strife here: If we get enough interested people, we'll plan that for a day in June when the loose strife will be easy to spot, but not yet setting seed. Interested? Contact us at

Also, there's talk of a block part some time this summer, but we need a small group to organize it. If you are interested contact us at

Changes coming to the Path

As a result of the Albany County Soil & Water District grant that BPC facilitated, DGS will be reconfiguring the steep section of the path near the foot of Lenox on the the New Scotland (south) side of the pond. We don't know yet when work will begin, but if you see any activity there, that's what's going on. The new configuration will take a much shallower approach up the hill which will reduce the amount of erosion and make the path easier to walk for all.

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