Leprechauns & Friends Celebrate Green in Uplands Park – March 17-2018

A green treasure hunt for shamrocks, eye spying for green plants along the trails, making green chia animals, and a pot of gold  .. all part of the St. Patrick’s Day family event hosted by the Friends of Uplands Park in Uplands Park on March 17-2018. A wonderful turnout and Chief Leprechaun (Margaret Lidkea, Chair, Friends of Uplands Park) shared fun activities and plant lore with so many leprechauns, big and small.

Photos by Kathleen Matthews.


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/


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.