Celebrate Parks Day in Uplands Park – Saturday July 21-2018 – Join FOUP at 10:00AM for a Ramble

Healthy by Nature
Saturday July 21
10 am
Meet at the Beach Drive entrance to Uplands Park

Join Friends of Uplands Parkfor a gentle ramble through the endangered Garry Oak Ecosystem. Although many plants are now sleeping, the golden grass, camas seed pods and orchids are a wonderful place to find grasshoppers and other insects. Find out how Oak Bay Parks and the Friends are restoring the park to a healthier natural area, better for the native plants, animals and our community. Support the NATUREHOOD!


Tide Pool School on Sunday August 12, 2018 10:00 am to 11:30 am Kitty Islet, Oak Bay

A low tide of 0.3m presents an amazing view of the diversity of low intertidal marine life. Biologists of Friends of Uplands Park and the Georgia Strait Alliance will present the challenges for life here, the tides and zonation in this rocky ecosystem.  Respect for and preservation of the Kitty Islets marine life will be a focus. Specimens will be discussed. 

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.

Sign in at the Welcome Table.  DONATIONS APPRECIATED.

July 14-2018 Tide Pool School at Cattle Point a wonderful success. Photos attached.

Margaret Lidkea, FOUP Chair, is pleased to report on the wonderful turnout for the July 14, 2018 Tide Pool School at Cattle Point.

“Tide Pool School July 14 was a great event thanks to all the volunteers of the Georgia Strait Alliance and FOUP. 93 participants signed up, were instructed by volunteers about the challenges of rocky intertidal life, the zonations and the adaptations of living things. The need to take care of the fragile urban foreshore was emphasized and we know that participants will pass on this knowledge…respect, care and returning of all living and non-living things to the exact place where they were found. Highlights included an enormous gumboot chiton, large active red rock crabs, black pricklebacks, some 6 armed sea stars and a blood star. People were surprised to find differently coloured sponges and even the very small red sea slug that camouflages on the red velvet sponge. Donations of $160 were gratefully appreciated to purchase restoration tools, plants and pay for events.”

Photos by Rick Marshall.

Friends of Uplands Park Bird Walk on Friday May 25-2018

David Newell sends announcement:

Next Bird Walk with Geoffrey Newell’s Friends of Uplands Park Birding Group on Friday May 25-2018:

Join Geoffrey for a sea watch at Cattle Point, followed by a search for singing spring migrants inside of Uplands Park and enjoy the sensational wildflowers at the same time! Please meet at the brand new marine wildlife signs in the large parking lot at the end of Cattle Point at 8:00 a.m. this coming Friday, May 25th.

Amazing fact: Geoffrey has had 15 rare birds this May throughout the city, including several in Uplands Park, Mount Tolmie, Panama Flats and today, he found a female Western Bluebird building a nest in a nest box in the Blenkinsop Valley, the first since their reintroduction to the island about 10 years ago!

[Photo from a 2013 FOUP website post]

Volunteer help needed: Cattle Point Carpet Burweed Crawl – Sundays May 6,13,20 [1 – 3pm]

Join Friends of Uplands Park to remove the extreme invasive carpet burweed on Cattle Point. Although small, it can cover and destroy the colourful wildflowers. Prickly seeds in May and June stick on shoes, clothes, fur and dog paws to spread to your yard and to sports fields. This is a real nasty weed. We need your help to weed. [Text and poster by Margaret Lidkea, FOUP Steering Committee Chair.]


Margaret Lidkea, Chair of Friends of Uplands Park sends a heartfelt thanks. We all owe Margaret and Amanda (Greater Victoria Green Team) a huge THANK YOU for their work in planning and coordinating this very successful event .  [Photos will be available in a few days.]

Here is Margaret’s thank you:


Thank you to Mayor Nils Jensen and Parks representative, Hazel Braithwaite for opening words and to the Oak Bay Council, Oak Bay Parks Recreation and Culture Commission and Oak Bay Parks Manager, Chris Hyde-lay, for their permission and all their support.  Also attending were Councillors Michelle Kirby, Tara Ney and Kevin Murdoch and Commissioners Matt Fairbarns and Suzanne Weckend-Dill.

Partnering with Amanda Evans, leader of the Greater Victoria Green Team was absolutely the best!  We enjoyed every thing we did together.  Having her Green Team at Uplands Park events is also so much fun. By using social media so much, she brings in new volunteers of all ages, especially the young teaching them to love their Naturehood. 
The Bald Eagles were excellent…their music providing a sense of joy, a rhythm to the afternoon and happiness in everyone’s soul.
Thanks to my incredible Friends of Uplands Park Steering Committee, Chris H-L, Ron, Chris G, Elizabeth, Anna, Cathy, Wylie, Matt and Rick who always “steer me in a corrected direction” and who were responsible for their own areas.  Thanks to Kathleen Matthews for being our Social Media Manager and photographer and to Ida Spader for helping with family activities.  Thanks to all who set up, took down and hosted tables.
Thanks to our families…Tom, Eric, Jorey and T.J. for doing whatever they were asked.
Thank you to the leaders of our Wildflower Walks, Matt Fairbarns and Wylie Thomas and to the leaders of the Bird Walk, Geoffrey, Jean and David Newell.
Thanks to Oak Bay News for their excellent article,  recording interviews at the event and for their continued support of community events.
Thanks to the partners who created displays and activities and to their hosts:
Parks Canada – Fort Rodd Hill
CRD Bowker Creek Initiative
OB Artists Community Society
OB Heritage Commission
Victoria Harbour Migratory Bird Sanctuary
Orca Whale Awareness
Nature Kids for removing ivy and growing and planting baby fawn lilies
We were sorry that HAT and Nature Conservancy of Canada were unable to come at the last moment
Thanks to all the organizations that provided food:
Thrifty’s – $400 including a cake  and 3 tents!
Dominos on Foul Bay near OB Avenue provided 40 large pizzas!
Fairways on OB Avenue
Save On Foods on Fort Street
COBS Bread Hillside for scones
Hide + Seek Coffee on OB Avenue for coffee
Starbucks on OB Avene for coffee
Everything was eaten!!!
Thanks to all the organizations that donated prizes:
Dig it – Handwear
Friends of Uplands Park
GardenWorks OB Avenue
Greater Victoria Green Team
Hide + Seek Coffee OB Avenue
If You Care Products
I.O.N. Clothing, Government St.
Ivy’s Bookshop OB Avenue
LUSH Soap Government St.
Mason Street Farm
Nicholas Randall OB Avenue
Oak Bay Recreation Centre
Oak Bay Flower Shop OB Avenue
Penny Farthing Olde English Pub
Rogers’ Tudor Sweet Shop OB Avenue
Saanich Native Plants on Haliburton Rd
Serious Coffee OB Avenue
The Soap Exchange Hillside Ave
Township of Esquimalt
and to Home Hardware, OB Avenue for tool discounts throughout the year.
We can thank them best by being their customers!
Margaret Lidkea, Chair of Friends of Uplands Park
Camas Blossom: Photo by Kathleen Matthews


Oak Bay News Stories Feature Uplands Park and FOUP Events in April 2018

The Oak Bay News has been featuring Uplands Park throughout April 2018. Below are stories posted online and in the print newspaper editions. Click on links to read the full story and to enjoy the photos.

Apr. 25, 2018  

Tucked away in the corner of a Garry oak meadow, artist Jeremy Herndl creates a conservation in paint.

April 3, 2018

Camas Day takes on an air of thanks this year in Oak Bay.

Friends of Uplands park hosts Volunteers in the Camas this year to celebrate those working to maintain and restore natural habitats in the south Island.

“There are volunteers all over south Vancouver Island that goes into parks and help restore ecosystems and remove invasive species as well as maintaining trails,” said Margaret Lidkea, chair of Friends of Uplands Park. “All of this is essential for preserving our natural areas.”

April 4, 2018 

Bird nesting season means leashed dogs in Uplands Park. Dogs must be on leash April 1 to June 30 each year in the Oak Bay natural space, primarily to protect feathered wildlife.

April 5, 2018

Barred owl comes out for daylight visit during Oak Bay birding

A crowd of just over 30 participants gathered at the still cold hour of 8 a.m. recently, to listen to the knowledgeable bird expert, Geoffrey Newell. The reason for the early start was to hear more bird calls. In fact it is possible to hear between fifty and sixty different species of birds here.