Proceedings of GOERT’s 13th Research Colloquium “New Ways of Understanding Garry Oak Ecosystems” now published.

The PDF of GOERT’s Proceedings of the 13th Research Colloquium: New Ways of Understanding Garry Oak Ecosystems have now been published.

PDF Summary available at  GOERT_Proceedings_2017_Optimized.

Margaret Lidkea, Chair of the Friends of Uplands Park, presented at this GOERT Colloquium, and presented the FOUP experience as participants in the Canada 150 BioBlitz that took place at Uplands Park in April 2017.

Proceedings also posted on the GOERT Website at http://www.goert.ca/activities/2018/01/proceedings-of-goert-13th-research-colloquium-2017/

 

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FOUP’s “No Ivy League” is participating in the regional #Meadow Marathon. Volunteers welcome. Prizes too!

The Friends of Uplands Park is participating in the Nature Conservancy of Canada’s #MEADOW MARATHON. The NCC Garry Oak Meadow Marathon is taking place during February at several sites in Greater Victoria and Duncan and volunteers are invited to help with the removal of invasive plants and the planting of native species. Participate in 3 events and your name will be entered to win PRIZES!!! See the #MEADOW MARATHON website for locations and times: http://www.natureconservancy.ca/meadowmarathon

FOUP’s “No Ivy League” is part of the #MEADOW MARATHON, and happens every Sunday from 1 to 3 pm. Meet at the kiosks on Cattle Point near the ocean.

See also the article in Times Colonist about Garry Oak Meadow Marathon (Sunday February 11, 2018 Page D9 ). Web link at http://www.timescolonist.com/life/islander/our-community-get-garry-oak-meadows-ready-for-spring-1.23170402

Ivy on Garry Oaks in Uplands Park [Photo Credit: Kathleen Matthews]

Friends of Uplands Park “No Ivy League” Resumes February 4-2018

The Friends of Uplands Park’s very committed No Ivy League group resumes it’s weekly weekend invasive removal work on Sunday, February 4, 2018 from 1 – 3pm.  The goal is to focus primarily on the removal ivy and other invasive plants from Uplands Park and Cattle Point and these weekly sessions are making a difference.  Please join us in this work. Tools and gloves are provided as well as the opportunity for learning best practices. Meet at the Cattle Point kiosks at the parking lot area down near the water.

Canada 150 BioBlitz at Uplands Park [April 22, 2017] – PPT Presentation by Margaret Lidkea, FOUP Chair, at GOERT 2017 [November 17-2017]

At the 13th Annual GOERT Research Colloquium, Margaret Lidkea, Chair, Friends of Uplands Park, presented on the Canada 150 BioBlitz that was held at Uplands Park, on April 22, 2017, as part of the Canada 150 BioBlitz events. FOUP hosted this at Uplands Park’s Garry Oak ecosystem on behalf of GOERT.

The PDF of Margaret’s PPT presentation can be viewed at FOUP ML Biolblitz GOERT 2017 PRESENTATION 7.

Background web pages can be viewed at

Some photos from the Uplands Park BioBlitz. Photos from Margaret’s PPT presentation:

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Friends of Uplands Park Native Plant Planting Update – Dec 3-2017

On Dec 3-2017, Friends of Uplands Park volunteers scattered Garry Oak Meadow seed species and planted 216 forbs & gaminoids in one of the Uplands Park Restoration areas that had been cleared of broom in 2005. A lovely day for planting.
18 Yarrow (Achillea millefolium)
36 Hare Sedge (Carex ovalis)
18 Thick-headed Sedge (Carex pachystachya)
18 Western Rush (Juncus occidentalis)
18 Barestem Desert-parsley (Lomatium nudicaule)
18 Yampah (Perideridia gairdneri)
18 Pacific Wood-rush (Luzula comosa)
36 Self-heal (Prunella vulgaris ssp. lanceolata)
18 Western Buttercup (Ranunculus occidentalis)
18 Douglas’s Aster (Symphyotrichum subspicatum)
Seeds were also scattered that had been collected in the park in the summer of 2017.
Common camas
Death camas
Western Buttercup
Spring Gold
Yellow Rattle
Straight-beak Buttercup
Barestem Desert-parsley
Fool’s Onion
Thanks to Wiley Thomas for providing the lists of seeds and plants planted.

Photos by Kathleen Matthews

Invitation to Help Plant Native Species – Uplands Park – Sunday Dec 3-2017 from 1:00 – 3:00pm

Invitation to help plant native species in Uplands Park in areas where invasive plants have been removed. Meet at the Uplands Park sign on Beach Drive on Sunday December 3-2017 fro 1 to 3pm. A variety of native species will be planted and seeds will be scattered in areas being restored. Tools, kneeling pads, instructions and refreshments provided for volunteers.

Photos: Oak Bay’s Tree Appreciation Day at Uplands Park (November 5-2017)

A great group of about 50 folks showed up for Oak Bay’s 2017 Tree Appreciation Day at Uplands Park (Midland Entrance). Eight Garry Oaks were planted along the Uplands Park Midland Street boulevard. A cold arctic outflow day but sunshine so welcome. Special thanks to the Oak Bay Parks crew who had everything so well organized and did the heavy lifting, to FOUP for their helpful collaboration, and to Wiley for an Uplands Park “Tree/Shrub Tour”. Below are some photos taken by Kathleen. If other photos are out there, please consider sending them along for posting. A big welcome to the eight new Garry Oak trees (and their accompanying camas bulbs). Thank you to all who came out to help with, and witness, their planting. [Photos by Kathleen Matthews]

Photos of participants (as slide show):

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Photos of the 8 new Garry Oak Trees planted in Uplands Park along Midland Street:

 

 

 

Oak Bay’s Annual Tree Appreciation Day: Sunday, November 5, 2017, 10 – Noon. Uplands Park. Midland Road Entrance.

Tree Appreciation Day in Oak Bay is always such a special time. Please join Oak Bay Parks and the Friends of Uplands Park on Sunday, November 5, 2017, from 10:00AM – Noon, at the Midland Road entrance to Uplands Park. Learn how to plant trees, and grow Garry Oaks. Learn about native plants and invasive species. Refreshments. Tools and gloves provided for those who want to dig in and/or dig out, or bring your own tools. Refreshments provided. See details on attached poster. PDF of Poster: 2017 Tress AppreciationDay fullpage

Restoration of Uplands Park: Update and Community Conversation (Hosted by FOUP and Oak Bay Parks)

FOUP Restoration POster Oct 5-2017

Poster created by Margaret Lidkea, Chair, Friends of Uplands Park.

PDF of Poster: 2017 Oct 5 RESTORATION in UPLANDS PARKpsterjpeg

RESTORATION in UPLANDS PARK
Thursday Oct 5, 2017
7 to 9pm
Windsor Park Pavilion, Oak Bay Uplands

Park is an incredible place. Within its 31 hectares are found 24 endangered species of plants, one of the highest concentrations in Canada and one of the best examples of a Garry Oak associated ecosystem in our region. Since 2014, Wylie Thomas has been managing a project to help restore the park’s endangered ecosystems and protect critical habitat for its rare species.

The project, which receives support from the federal Habitat Stewardship Program, has focused on the removal of invasive shrubs and trees. It also includes a component to formalize trails and improve signage to help reduce the impact of recreational use on the park’s natural values. Wylie will present on the work done to date and discuss activities planned for the years ahead including the challenges of balancing recreational use of the park with protecting its natural beauty.

The second half of the program will be open for comments from you and others about these challenges, some possible solutions and compromises.

Please bring your ideas and enthusiasm for a healthy discussion about trails, dogs, human use, invasive removal and other ideas.

Refreshments served. Donations to Friends of Uplands Park are very welcome.

Contact: Margaret Lidkea 250-595-8084; FOUP partners with Oak Bay Parks friendsofuplandspark.org

Friends of Uplands Park – October 2017 Events

Sunday Oct 1  1 to 3pm   NO IVY LEAGUE 
Join the Friends of Uplands Park each Sunday to remove English ivy.  Removal of this highly invasive plant will help to restore the globally endangered Garry Oak Ecosystem of the park, and to protect the 24 rare plants.  Tools, gloves and the Best Practices instruction are provided. Meet at Cattle Pt, near the kiosks.
 
Thursday Oct 5 7 to 9pm Windsor Pavilion at Windsor Park in Oak Bay RESTORATION IN UPLANDS PARK  Wylie Thomas, Steering Committee member, will give an excellent power point presentation of the invasive plant management in this special urban park with 24 rare plants, an endangered ecosystem and the recreational use of the community.  He will focus on what has been done, and what he hopes will happen in the next year or so.  The second half of the program allows the audience to participate to share their concerns about some of the challenges in the park, so people should bring their enthusiastic ideas, possible solutions and compromises.  Refreshments.  Donations to Friends of Uplands Park appreciated.
Sunday Oct 8  1 to 3pm   NO IVY LEAGUE 
Join the Friends of Uplands Park each Sunday to remove English ivy.  Removal of this highly invasive plant will help to restore the globally endangered Garry Oak Ecosystem of the park, and to protect the 24 rare plants.  Tools, gloves and the Best Practices instruction are provided. Meet at Cattle Pt, near the kiosks.
 
Sat Oct 14 and Sun Oct 15 1 to 4pm. ANNUAL IVY BROOM BASH  Join Friends of Uplands Park to remove a variety of alien invasive plants.  Meet at the Information table on the field at the entrance to Cattle Point.  Sign-in and become a Friend too.  All tools, gloves and instructions are given.  Refreshments.   This is an excellent family and student opportunity.
 
Sunday Oct 22  1 to 3pm   NO IVY LEAGUE 
Join the Friends of Uplands Park each Sunday to remove English ivy.  Removal of this highly invasive plant will help to restore the globally endangered Garry Oak Ecosystem of the park, and to protect the 24 rare plants.  Tools, gloves and the Best Practices instruction are provided. Meet at Cattle Pt, near the kiosks.
 
Saturday Oct 28 8am BIRDING IN UPLANDS PARK  Meet Geoffrey Newell at Cattle Point for a gentle ramble through the park, noting new arrivals for winter.  Dress for the weather, bring binoculars.  Free.
Sunday Oct 29  1 to 3pm   NO IVY LEAGUE 
Join the Friends of Uplands Park each Sunday to remove English ivy.  Removal of this highly invasive plant will help to restore the globally endangered Garry Oak Ecosystem of the park, and to protect the 24 rare plants.  Tools, gloves and the Best Practices instruction are provided. Meet at Cattle Pt, near the kiosks.

From Margaret Lidkea, FOUP Chair.