The Friends of Uplands Park invites the community members to join researchers from the Royal BC Museum, as they conduct a morning beach seine at Willows Beach. As many as 20 species of fish, crabs, shrimp, and other invertebrates will be brought in using a large net, so everyone will get an up-close look at what lives beneath the waves. A family friendly event.
Meet at Willows Beach. From Estevan, turn left onto Esplanade and drive toward the north end of the beach. Park on the right near the large white Royal BC Museum van. Friends of Uplands Park will have small nets and containers to help you collect creatures. Dress appropriately with water shoes or rubber boots. Donations to the Royal BC Museum are greatly appreciated.
The Friends of Uplands Park has invited 3 geologists from the Geological Survey, BC Ministry of Energy and Mines, to lead a tour to help us learn how to recognize key geological clues of the ancient and not-so ancient history of Cattle Point. Cattle Point has both fascinating bedrock features and preserved traces of ice and meltwater streams from the last glaciation.
Date: Sunday May 14, 2017 [Mother’s Day]
Time: 2 – 4 PM
Meeting Place: Cattle Point Foreshore
Oak Bay Parks is posting new signage in Uplands Park to remind visitors of Oak Bay’s bylaw that all dogs must be on a leash in Uplands Park during the bird nesting months of April – May – June. Wylie Thomas designed the poster and features 8 birds nesting in Uplands Park at this time of the year. Uplands Park is a sensitive Garry Oak Meadow ecosystem, and, with the collaboration of the Friends of Uplands Park, restoration is ongoing to enhance and restore Uplands Park for birds as well as for native plants. Thank you to all dog walkers visiting Uplands Park for their co-operation and understanding.
Wylie Thomas, Friends of uplands Park Steering Committee member, sends the following photos from FOUP’s Annual Uplands Park Camas Day Celebration. A sunny blustery April day with many folks joining the Bird Walk lead by Geoffrey Newell and the Camas Meadow Walks hosted by FOUP. Uplands Park was in glorious spring bloom. Thank you to all the volunteers and to Chris Hyde-Lay [of Oak Bay Parks] for all the help.
Joining the Friends of Uplands Park, this year, was the ButterflyWay Booth, with volunteers from the David Suzuki Foundation ButterflyWay initiative, sharing knowledge about local butterflies and their native host and nectar plants, and, featuring Butter-Blue, a Western Spring Azure butterfly puppet [checking out FOUP’s plant display and flying about]. Here are some additional 2017 Camas Day Celebration photos taken by Kathleen Matthews.
The Friends of Uplands Park invites the community to celebrate the Uplands Park camas meadows and wildflowers:
Date: Sunday, April 30-2017
Time: 12 – 4 pm
Location: Beach Drive at Cattle Point Entrance
Activities: Wildflower walks through seas of blue camas. music, native plant displays & planting information, refreshments
And Birding too.
David Newell notes: Geoffrey’s next birding will be on Sunday, April 30 at 1:00 PM to coincide with the Friends of Uplands Park Camas Day celebrations. Please meet at the tents by the first parking lot at the entrance to Cattle Point. We will lead off from the tents and head directly into Uplands Park and finish at the ocean. The flowers are now in full bloom and the warbler migration is intense. Geoffrey had two singing Nashville warblers in the park today. They are rare visitors from the interior of the province.
“Oak Bay bio-blitzed to Celebrate Earth Day: Bioblitz highlights diversity, fragility of life” by Tim Collins
Published in Oak Bay News. Full article available online Published Online: Monday, April 17,2017. Published in Print: Wednesday, April 19, 2017. Page A3.
In Canada, 2017 will feature 35 official bioblitz events as part of the nation’s sesquicentennial
Not to be left out, Victoria will join the movement on Earth Day, April 22 in a bioblitz to catalogue the ecosystems and adjacent habitats of Upland’s Park, Beacon Hill Park and the University of Victoria campus
.… “We’re very excited about the event. It’s so important for people to get outdoors and develop a sense of place…an understanding of where we live and all the wonders surrounding us,” said Margaret Lidkea, the Chair of Friends of Uplands Park, one of the organizations contributing to make the event possible.
…. Her organization will have volunteers at Upland’s Park to help guide volunteers through the trails and to help safeguard some of the more rare species already known to exist in the park.
…. The blitz runs for 24 hours as experts work around the clock to identify as many species as possible. For the general public, the action starts at 9 a.m. and run until 1 p.m. on April 22 when they are invited to join guided tours at all three sites. The public is encouraged to make notes and take photos of the species they encounter to add to the inventory.
…. Dr. Valentin Schaefer, the chair of the Garry Oak Ecosystems Recovery Team (GOERT), heads up another of the partners in the bioblitz project. He said the project is critical in places like Uplands Park.
…. More information in the bioblitz is available at bioblitzcanada.ca.
April 15, 2017. A beautiful spring day to explore Uplands Park. Sunshine and warmth. The April 22, 2017 Earth Day BioBlitz takes place the following weekend on Saturday, April 22, 2017.
The photos below, taken Saturday, April 15, 2017, reveal a very small sample of what awaits our BioBlitzers. Come and experience the beauty and wonders of Uplands Park in person. Who knows what might be in bloom in a week? Or in flight? Or just hanging out? A BioBlitz includes all species, not just plants.
Community Members are invited to participate in the BioBlitz at Uplands Park, from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm. Info at BioBlitz details.
Plants From Top: Spring Gold (2) ; Garry Oaks (3) ; Fawn Lily (5); False Soloman’s Seal? (2); Western Buttercup (1); Yellow Montane Violet (2); Shooting Stars (1); Lichen on Garry Oak (1); deep soil Garry Oaks (1); Central Meadow with Vernal Pools (3); English Ivy with Cottonwoods(?) in background (1); Red-osier Dogwood (3); Mountain Sneezeweed emerging in habitat (2); Lupine (1); Nootka Rose (1); Water Plantain Buttercup in habitat (1); Camas (2) Shootingstars (2); Entrance to Uplands Park on Beach Drive (1).
Meet at entrance to Cattle Pt. Saturday, April 22, 2017. Time: 9:00am – 1:00pm
Press Release Excerpt: On Saturday, April 22nd —Earth Day—teams of plant, insect and wildlife experts will be taking part in a 24-hour race to inventory as many species as possible at three, key Garry Oak sites in Victoria, BC, sharing their findings and techniques with the general public, leading guided tours of these sensitive sites and helping to identify species in photos uploaded by the public to iNaturalist.org .
The public is invited to help join in the biggest and most accessible national wildlife inventory in Canada, with a special focus on Victoria’s endangered Garry Oak ecosystems. From 9am to 1pm, the public will be invited to join in on guided tours though the sites, learn from expert naturalists about these special ecosystems and take their own photos of the species they encounter to add to the inventory.
Members of the public can use a smartphone and the iNaturalist app (available on iTunes or Google Play) to take a photo along with a GPS coordinate and upload an observation to the online iNaturalist database, contributing to baseline information of Canada’s wildlife. Users without a smartphone can submit their observations online at iNaturalist.org .
Special activities and events for kids will also be available to help engage our future “citizen scientists”.
The Friends of Uplands Park No Ivy League “Core Group” have been working almost every Sunday, from September 2016 through to March 2017, at Cattle Point, removing Ivy and other invasives. Wylie Thomas, Friends of Uplands Park Steering Committee Member sends this update:
We have now removed a total of 132+ cubic yards of mainly ivy and some Daphne and Himalayan Blackberry from Cattle Point since September 2016 (that includes a lot of stuff removed by the HSP crew).
No Ivy League “Core Group” photo was taken by Jon Clarke, at the last Sunday in March 2017. From left to right: Angela Hills, Margaret Lidkea, Wylie Thomas, and Jon Clarke.
Ron Carter is missing, as he came almost every weekend (but worked on a mixture of daphne and ivy in a different area from the rest of the core group). But basically the four of us met every Sunday for two hours from September through November and February through March. Some Sunday’s we were joined by a couple of dozen, others it was just the four of us (five of us including Ron).
I don’t have the names of other individuals that came joined us on the no Ivy League Day events specifically, but we had the Greater Victoria Green Team help with the ivy and several others. Then of course there is Kathleen Matthews and Bruce Homer who have been going after ivy on trees in the park.
And some more photos from the Victoria Green Team helping remove bur chervil at Cattle Point.