All invited to The Great Rip Off in Uplands Park. Oct 19 & 20, 2019 from 1-4. Ripping off the English Ivy. Family friendly. Meet at Beach Drive entrance to Cattle Point. Hosted by the Friends of Uplands Park. Tools, gloves, and instructions provided. See poster for details.
Poster by Margaret Lidkea.
RAKE the CHIPS
Sunday September 8
1 to 3pm
Meet at Dorset entrance by Lincoln Road
Bring your leaf rake and help rake the wood chips of the invasive Norway Maple. Oak Bay Parks staff removed many of the invasive maples that were totally blocking the sun so that the only plants left alive underneath were the invasive English ivy, evergreen Daphne and Himalayan blackberry. Even some of the blackberry couldn’t survive. Habitat for rats.
Willows studentshave been restoring this area by removing ivy and planting native species. A large meadow awaits more planting by these wonderful students and teachers this fall. The wood chips will hinder these plants and seeds from growing.
We have some rakes available.
Contact: Margaret Lidkea, 250-595-8084
Friends of Uplands Parkare guests at the BOWKER CREEK BRUSH-UP
Sunday August 11 from 11am to 4:30
SILENT AUCTION of 2 donated art works: signed lithograph of a Canada Lynx by Canadian artist Jack Grundle donated by Louise Goulet
original watercolour of Willows Beach painted in 2019 and donated by Patricia Lortie
ACTIVITIES: Native Plant Leaf prints on fabric with acrylic paints
Rock Painting with acrylics
We will be at the bottom of Armstrong Road.
Hope to see you there,
Margaret Lidkea, President of Friends of Uplands Park Society
Bugs Abound at the Garry Oak Cafe
Wed August 7, 2019 from 10:00am to noon
Uplands Park grassy field entrance to Cattle Point
Did you know that Garry oak trees are a favourite café to over 800 insects? Join naturalist Stephanie Weinstein and UVic entomologist Steve Perlman to collect bugs and explore the Garry Oak Ecosystems of Uplands Park, one of the oldest “restaurants” of Victoria. Bring your family, use our equipment and make a crafty insect to take home. All ages, donations welcome. Picnics desirable.
THANK YOU EVERYONE! From Margaret , FOUP President
Tide Pool School at Kitty Isleton August 3 was a big success with 163 participants! Many thanks to our expert, Tina Kelly, marine educator from the Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea. Thank you to our registration volunteers, Elizabeth Garrett and Penny Cassidy, and to our volunteer team of leaders and helpers on the site: Cathy Savage, Joanne Thomson, Susan McRae, Marissa Waddell, Sarah Bennett, Margaret Boyes, Ann Finlay and Rick Marshall.
People said they really appreciated learning about the challenges of living in the intertidal zone, the diverse species, and how people can be respectful, have a small footprint and still have fun. Highlights included the large red rock crabs, porcelain crabs, a white sea cucumber, and tiny lined chitons.
The generous donations will help us to run more programs and buy equipment for restoration.
Please take your family to the wonderful Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea in Sidney and say hi to Tina.
SATURDAY AUGUST 3, 2019
11:00 am to 12:30 pm
Kitty Islet, Oak Bay
A low tide of 0.3m presents an amazing view of the diversity of low intertidal marine life. Tina Kelly, marine educator, and Friends of Uplands Parkwill present the challenges for life here, the tides and zonation in this rocky ecosystem. Respect for and preservation of the Kitty Islet’s marine life will be a focus. Look at specimens in large containers under our tent on the shore and ask questions. For part of the program, you will be able to use a small net and container to catch creatures, watch and ID them and then return them to the same place.
Using a smart phone, you can take photos and put them online at iNaturalist.ca. All ages.
Sign in at the Welcome Table. DONATIONS APPRECIATED.
Update from Margaret Lidkea :
Crow garlic is invading the meadows of Uplands Park. The garlic bulbs, not tasty, are crowding out bulbs and roots of native plants. The bulbs produce bulblets and the flowers make seeds and bulblets. Nothing eats it.
This is an extremely invasive plant. It probably arrived in Victoria from Europe or Asia accidentally with other seeds.
No strategies for removal have been developed. An experimental removal of the plant in Uplands Park by pulling it up in June to get the main bulb has resulted in fewer and smaller plants.
Last year many plants were pulled on Cattle Point and in the central meadow. In 2019 plants were again removed. Volunteers have been essential do this time consuming removal.
University of Victoria international students from the City University of Hong Kong have helped in both areas. Many thanks to them and volunteers, Felicity Bradley, Betty Thacker, Ryan Blacoe, Ron Carter, Jacquie Bird, Famiko Yamaguchi, Nick Blumberg and Conway Carruthers for 18 hours of work. Margaret has also removed it from Cattle Point for over 15 hours.
Cattle Point maritime meadows and rocky areas are virtually free of crow garlic plants. Shrubby areas are still full of it. Alas not all bulbs are able to be pulled because of the clay soil and the compaction of the soil by so many visitors over the years. Visitors should consider rock hopping.
Remember: NOTHING IS TO BE REMOVED FROM OAK BAY PARKS WITHOUT PERMISSION.
You can join the Friends of Uplands Park on days that are arranged, or contact Margaret to arrange your own date with permission. People that are pulling crow garlic and leaving it in piles are really distributing seeds and bulblets and more invasive plants
Remember you can help by joining Friends of Uplands Park.
Posted to Facebook mid June 2019 for June 23 and June 29th Crow Garlic Volunteer events:
Sat. June 8, 2019 1:30 to 3:30 pm
Willows Beach with Friends of Uplands Park
Join researchers from the Royal BC Museum,as they conduct a 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.
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 Parkwill 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.