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Water Testing Volunteers Needed and Boat Sought

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We're looking for volunteers to help with our summer water testing effort. You'd need to be available one or two Saturday or Sunday mornings a month from June through October, and for about an hour and half each time you participate. This water testing is critical to our long term goal of understanding and improving the water quality at the pond. We need your help to make this happen. If you are interested in finding out more, contact us at

We're also looking for a small rowboat or similar flat bottomed boat to use for this project - a canoe might even work. If you have a boat you aren't using and would be willing to loan it to us for the summer, please let us know at

April 30th Road Trip

The New York State Federation of Lake Association's Annual Conference is a great way to learn about pond ecology, algae blooms, water quality issues, aquatic plants and much more. This year's conference is Friday, April 29th through Sunday May 1st in Hamilton NY. A number of BPC board members will be heading out to take part in this conference on Saturday April 30th. You can review the agenda here: NYSFOLA 2011 Agenda. Cost for one day is $55. We're hoping to get a few conservancy members to join us on this BPC road trip. Interested? Contact us at

2011 Annual Meeting Report

What do a tug of war, a free-range organic car wash and an evening of jazz have in common? ...They were all fundraising ideas brainstormed at the Buckingham Pond Annual Meeting last Sunday.

We thank the 30 or so brave souls who came out in the drizzly cold rain. It was a great meeting, full of ideas and energy. In addition to a creative ten minute fundraising brainstorming session, we got a snapshot of the membership's priorities for 2011. High marks went to continuing routine clean ups, developing a storm drain stenciling initiative, working on community education about how storm water and fertilizer impact the pond, and finding a consultant to help us fully evaluate how to improve the pond's water quality.

You can catch up on all the great work we did in 2010 and see all the project and fundraising ideas by reading the meeting handouts and notes which are all available here:

If you missed the meeting, it's not too late to contribute your ideas, or volunteer to help. Just email us at

Looking for an easy way to help? Renew your membership at Join. A membership is only $5 per adult in your household, but if you can, please give more. We do amazing work with an all volunteer organization, and as we enter our third year, many of our priority projects will take money to accomplish. Contributions to the Conservancy are now tax deductible!

Also, please welcome our new board member. Eric Randall will be taking over for Paula Martinez who has been relocated to Kentucky for a year.

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

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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

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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!

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 February 5, 2018 at 7:30 PM
(We generally meet the first Monday of each month)
Bach Branch of Albany Public Library
455 New Scotland Ave

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