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Invasive Species

Invasive Species Walk

Friday, May 13, we will be meeting Laurel Gailor from PRISM (Partnerships for Regional Invasive Species Management) at the pond parking lot at 4:00. She is going to walk the pond to help identify invasive species and hopefully let us know what we should be doing about it.

Get Involved!

Hello everyone!  

Buckingham Pond Conservancy is holding our annual Spring Clean-Up event this Sunday 4/17 from 1-3.  Please meet us at the playground in the park.  We’ll need volunteers to help with the following tasks:

Fall Clean Up Sunday 10/21 from 1 to 3, (Rain date 10/28)

Buckingham Pond Clean Up Day
Sunday October 21, 2012      1:00 – 3:00 PM
Meet at the parking lot
Rain Date Sunday 10/28.

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.

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.

So Far So Good

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The Conservancy is making a concerted effort to rid our pond of the invasive species Purple Loosestrife. Purple Loosestrife is a problem for the pond because it chokes out native animals 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.

Blue Vervain
Purple Loosestrife

Successful Spring Clean Up

Thanks so much to everyone for the great Spring clean up on Sunday 4/10. It was terrific to see so many folks out - more than 30 people were there to help.

A special tip of the pruning shears to Fred Ruff who tackled the invasive Oriental Bittersweet that was strangling one of the shrubs near the Lenox Avenue entrance on the North side.

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 http://www.designsbyjas.com/.

Pictures from November Clean Up

Here are a few "Pond Preservation Day" pictures from Sunday 11/1. About 20 neighborhood volunteers and a troop of Girl Scouts planted several daffodil and wildflower beds near the playground and removed most of the purple loosestrife (an aggressive invasive species) from the east end of the pond. While I'm sure we'll see some purple loosestrife next year, hopefully we made a good dent in it. In any case, we had beautiful weather and the work was fun and rewarding!

Many many thanks to the City of Albany and City Gardener Judy Stacey for providing materials and guidance!

Planting Crew
Hardworking Girl Scouts
Felton
Mark
Anne
Mark & Rachel
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