Working for the future of a small pond and a few acres of land.
The Conservancy works closely with Albany City departments to plan improvements and provide assistance when appropriate. Areas of focus include water quality, invasive species, trees and other plantings, trails, traffic, playground, etc.
Mission: To coordinate existing resources and identify new resources devoted to protecting, preserving, and enhancing Buckingham Pond and its surrounding green space.
Traffic at the Pond is a little slower during these winter months, but the Conservancy board is still hard at work planning upcoming events. Add these dates to your new 2020 calendar!
Remember the public is welcome to board meetings and the conservancy is always looking for volunteers!
Monday, January 27, 2020 - 7pm - Monthly Board Meeting - APL Bach Branch
Monday, February 24, 2020 - 7pm - Monthly Board Meeting - APL Bach Branch
Sunday, March 29, 2020 - Buckingham Pond Conservancy Annual Meeting - Pine Hills Library - time TBD
Sunday, April 5, 2020 - Spring Cleanup @ the Pond - time TBD
**We're also working on the Skating Party looking likely for late January or early February**
It’s not too late to get a last minute donation in to support the efforts of the BPC! See you in 2020!
Have you ever seen this medallion on a storm drain and wondered what it meant?
Storm drains with these medallions mean that that anything put into this catch basin will ultimately drain to the pond. You may be surprised to hear that that are more than 150 catch basins draining to the pond that stretch from as far as Brevator St (past Washington Ave) to the South side of the pond near Buckingham Drive.
Our Buckingham Pond Conservancy board members have been out and about labeling more storm drains to help identify as many of these as possible!
Please take this moment to keep water quality in mind! All the toxic chemicals and pollutants you may use on your lawn will run off and end up in natural places like our fair pond.
If you’re in the park and see something that concerns you—maybe an injured duck, a whole wad of fishing line, a precarious branch; or maybe you notice the port-a-potty is particularly rank—do us a favor and let the city know!
The ice cream social is underway! Come on down and get some ice cream! #pondlove
If you see signs popping up around the pond this week, it's because the City is applying herbicide to treat the extensive invasive Japanese Knotweed around our pond.
For more info, check out this link: http://nyis.info/invasive_species/japanese-knotweed/
Any plant species experts out there? Our intrepid Saturday morning water quality monitoring team took some pics of pond plants from the canoe? Can you help us identify any of them?
It was great to have Stephanie June and intern, Alexa, from the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation assisting with the water quality testing this past weekend!
Good information here! Some folks have spotted Giant Hogweed in the vicinity of Buckingham Pond—keep your eyes peeled and paws off!
If you spot Giant Hogweed, please let the Department of General Services know ASAP! You can reach them at: 518-434-CITY
Giant Hogweed is a VERY LARGE, invasive plant that can cause painful burns, permanent scarring and even blindness in some cases! Click the link below to learn more about identifying this harmful plant and what to do if you spot it! http://www.dec.ny.gov/animals/39809.html
We spotted our friend, the Great Blue Heron, hanging out earlier this week...
Fun fact, according to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, despite their impressive size, Great Blue Herons only weigh 5-6lbs!
Did you know that members of the Buckingham Pond Conservancy board perform water quality testing every two weeks all summer long? If you see them out on a Saturday morning say hello👋! 👉 The Citizens Statewide Lake Assessment Program (CSLAP) is a volunteer lake monitoring and education program that is managed by DEC and New York State Federation of Lake Associations (NYSFOLA). 🛶🛶🛶🛶🛶🛶🛶🛶🛶🛶🛶🛶🛶🛶 Want to know more? Want to help out? We have board meetings every month! Next one is June 24. #pondlove #albany #didyouknow
In case you haven't had a chance to see it in person, here's an update on the area that's blocked off as anti-erosion path materials continue being tested. Some new grass started taken root and we can see the path turning green! But there does seem to be evidence of our recent rain. The pilot is ongoing so the area will remain blocked for now. Thanks!
Some hard work is starting to pay off! The riparian plantings that were installed during Pond Cleanup Day are starting to take root and sprout. And they are now cordoned off by a barrier thanks to our friends at DGS! Cannot wait to see them continue to grow through the summer.
Do you Instagram? If so make sure you follow us @buckinghampond to see pics of our pond like this one recently by a keen-eyed neighbor Adam Halverson! Love getting a glimpse of this beauty. 💕
Glad the rain eventually ended and we were able to get out for a walk and see some springtime friends. 🐢🦆🌷☔️
City of Albany Department of General Services
Our spring paper shredding event is scheduled for this Thursday from 4 to 7pm. Bring your documents that need shredding and they will be shredded on site.
[04/22/19] If you noticed the pond is low, you are right. The pump in the pond did not shut off automatically so the Water Department had to go shut it off manually. The pond will fill up again when it rains. According to SeeClickFix: AWD will inspect the wetwell and all pump control floats to ensure they are working properly.
PLEASE note.... if you think you see some sticks stuck in the ground by the edge of the pond - DO NOT PULL THEM UP. They are riparian plantings we just installed to hopefully grow into new big native plants to keep out some of the invasive ones. Also there is still a big stump left where we tore out a huge invasive honeysuckle and we will be returning to remove the rest.
Had a great time and got a lot of work done at today’s Pond Cleanup Day! Take a look!
This Sunday! Meet some neighbors and do some good!
Pond Clean up Day this Sunday at 1pm. Whether you are interested in pulling some plants, digging in the dirt to plant some new ones, rake, sweep, clean up the shoreline or just cheer on your neighbors, please come by because we need you!
One of the things we are planning is the removal of some invasive plant species and to replace them with some of these. As you can see in the pictures we are planning: Northern Bayberry, Buttonbush, Gray Dogwood and Nannyberry. We are hoping to have two groups of people working on these plantings so come along!
A few photos from our Annual Meeting yesterday!
Thanks for everyone who attended and to Congressman Paul Tonko for stopping by!
Special thanks to our outgoing BPC President, Felton McLaughlin, and outgoing Treasurer, Anne Savage, for their hard work!
Shout out to the Albany Public Library for making the Pine Hills Branch available for us to meet.
This pond is getting SPRUCED UP for a great summer! New benches, erosion control testing on the path, bricks going in! 🌞🦆. Can you come help us during pond cleanup day next Sunday, April 14? We need all the help to pick up the place, remove invasive plants, plant new plants, and more! #neighbors #albanylove #pondlife
Can you call a boulder new if it’s been created through bazillions of years of the earth’s pressure? Well it’s new to us! Find out why we got a new big rock (and more) at our annual meeting April 7 at 1pm! https://m.facebook.com/events/2261399640747075?acontext=%7B%22ref%22%3A%2298%22%2C%22action_history%22%3A%22null%22%7D&aref=98
The bricks are here!! The bricks that our awesome neighbors purchased in support of our new playground are here and will be installed soon. Maybe even this week. Yippee!
C’mon down and skate! We’re here till 3pm!
Thanks to this hardy crew the ice is clear and ready for you to skate. Party starts at 1:00. Bring a chair to use and share.
Getting ready! This is community at its finest. #albanylove
Are we having the skating party Sunday 2/3? That depends on you! We need people to contact us by 5 PM Saturday 2/2 to commit to help shovel. You don't have to shovel by 5, just contact us at [email protected] to commit.
The City of Albany Department of Recreation has confirmed the ice is safe and helped us out by plowing a great big rink - Thank You recreation department!
Felton, Mike and Anne were on the ice this morning and confirmed that it is skatable.
Unfortunately the tracks from the plow are a hazard and need to be shoveled off if we are going to have the party. The recreation department is going to provide some help, but we need to provide some people power as well. For the most part, it's not hard work, but with such a large area, it will be time consuming. You'll definitely need a metal edged or metal shovel.
You are welcome to shovel any time that works for you, but if the party is a go we will have a group working together starting at 11:00 AM tomorrow so we are sure we can be ready by 1:00 PM.
We must know that we have at least ten or so volunteers by 5 PM today. If not, we'll have to cancel for this weekend and hope that the weather is kind to us for next week.
Felton is going to be tracking volunteers, so if you have his cell number, call or text him there, otherwise, send us an email at [email protected] with your phone number and he can call you back.
Come skate with us!
Yay!!!! Safe to skate!!! Get out and enjoy before the snow!!!
Wondering what’s happening near the playground? It’s a big day—the guardrail is being installed!
This is a huge win for the safety of kiddos using the playground!
A quick update on the status of the bricks...
The bricks are ready to be ordered. We are working with DGS regarding delivery, inspection, and installation. We hope that the bricks will be installed this year.
Per our MOU with the city that we drafted prior to ordering the playground equipment, the city is responsible for installation of the bricks.
We apologize for the wait! We really want to see them installed, too!
Thanks R for adding some awesome acoustic music to the pond today and for letting me put your photo on fb. Sorry you can’t join us for ice cream tomorrow (Sunday 9/16 from 1 to 3)! #AlbanyLove
From our neighborhood association—the next BLNA meeting is 9/20 at the Pine Hills library.
The commissioner of DGS will be there to answer questions and listen to concerns.
The next meeting of the Buckingham Lake Neighborhood Association will take place at the Pine Hills Branch of the Albany Public Library at 6:30 PM on Thursday September 20th, 2018.
New City of Albany Department of General Services Commissioner Sergio Panunzio will be our special guest. As you may know, the Department of General Services provides many quality of life services to residents if you have any questions about this list below come to the meeting and ask away.
Dead Animal Removal
Parks, Facilities & Beautification
Solid Waste Management Plan
Snow and Ice Removal
Trash & Recycling
Department of General Services - Forms
Pothole Filling Status
We look forward to seeing you at the meeting and please let us know if you have any suggestions, questions, concerns or an issue to report via response to this email. As always please share this information with your friends and neighbors who might not yet know about BLNA.
Keep your eyes peeled for another invasive pest!
DEC and NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets (DAM) confirmed that spotted lanternfly (SLF), an invasive pest from Asia, has been found in Albany and Yates counties. A single adult insect was discovered in a vehicle in the Capital District. In addition, a single adult insect was reported on a private Keuka Lake property in Penn Yan, Yates County. Following both reported cases, DEC and DAM immediately began extensive surveys throughout the area. This pest has the potential to severely impact our state's agricultural and tourism industries.
We urge New Yorkers to report potential sightings to [email protected]
Join us on Sunday, September 16th from 1pm to 3pm for our annual ice cream social!
We’ll have a guided nature walk with naturalist, John Davis. See you Sunday!
Davey is coming to protect the ash trees at Buckingham Pond from the emerald ash borer.
The BPC water testing crew was out again this morning (check out our official t-shirts)!
This is a weekly water quality test that we do. The water samples are sent to DEC for analysis.
Check your Hemlock Trees—this invasive pest is in the Buckingham neighborhood!
Without strong action to combat the Hemlock Woolly Adelgid, the little invasive bug will suck the life out of hemlocks statewide. Here in the Catskills, we're in danger of the adelgid changing everything, from the types of trees that can grow and animals that can thrive here, to the temperature of our trout streams, which would threaten our world-class fisheries. We need to stop the adelgid now. Watch, share, and repost. The more people who know about the problem and become active in the solution, the more likely we are to save our forest. Hats off to the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation and the New York State Hemlock Initiative for leading the fight.
You may have seen some folks out on the pond in a canoe this morning...
The BPC is participating in the Citizens Statewide Lake Assessment Program (CSLAP) that is administered by the NYS DEC.
The program involves weekly water quality sampling (done by BPC volunteers). Give us a 👋 if you see the red canoe!
Keep an eye out for this invasive pest!
DEC, in partnership with the NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets and the NY State Parks & Historic Sites encourage New Yorkers to look for and report the spotted lanternfly (SLF), an invasive pest from Asia. Spotted lanternfly feed on more than 70 plant species including tree-of-heaven, maple, apple, grapevine and hops. Feeding by sometimes-thousands of spotted lanternfly stresses plants, making them vulnerable to disease and attacks from other insects. Spotted lanternfly also excrete large amounts of sticky “honeydew,” which attracts sooty molds that interfere with plant photosynthesis, negatively affecting the growth and fruit yield of plants.
If you believe you’ve seen this insect, send photos to [email protected].
For more information, visit www.dec.ny.gov/animals/113303.html. #spottedlanternfly
We want to take one more opportunity to thank our very generous donors / partners who made our new playground a reality!
The Lobo Family Trust
Stonehenge Gardens Apartments
The Bender Family Foundation
The Wildflower Fund
The City of Albany
And to everyone who has purchased a brick, made a donation, or attended a fundraiser for the playground, we thank you!
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