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:

 

 

 

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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.

Friends of Uplands Park – Fall 2017 Events: No Ivy League, Annual Ivy Broom Bash, Birding, Public Meeting, Tree Appreciation Day, School Programs

Friends of Uplands Park: Invitation and Call for Volunteers – Fall 2017

Dear Friends of Uplands Park

We are trying to remove invasive plants and to reduce the Fire Load in Uplands Park.  There are several plants including regular invasive plants but also invasive trees like European Elm, European Ash, English Hawthorn, Norway Maple and others that produce more biomass that we are removing each year.  This causes concern because of the potential wildfires in the park that may spread to residential homes.

Many of these trees are gradually being removed by Oak Bay Parks.  WE NEED YOUR HELP TO REMOVE INVASIVE BUSHES like Daphne and other destructive plants like English ivy.

PLEASE HELP US to remove invasive plants this year.  You are welcome to join us any Sunday from 1 to 3pm for the NO IVY LEAGUE that starts this Sunday and goes until the end of November.

The ANNUAL IVY BROOM BASH will be on Saturday Oct 14 and Sunday Oct 15.  This is an excellent opportunity to help your community and your natural environment, the globally endangered Garry Oak Ecosystem.  Families benefit from getting outdoors together and having lots of fun.  Students can earn their volunteer hours by participating.

A public meeting will be held on Thursday Oct 5 at Windsor Pavilion from 7 to 9 on Restoration in Upland Park:  Management Plans; what has been done and projected to be done over the next 2 years.  The first half will be a report by Wylie Thomas, and the second half will be a discussion about the challenges and possible solutions.  We invite the public to speak and share their thoughts.

Tree Appreciation Day on Sun Nov 5 will involve planting Garry oaks and other plants at the Midland entrance.

Remember our regular monthly Bird Walks by Geoffrey Newell will be on the last Saturday of each month unless posted otherwise on our website or Facebook:  friendsofuplandspark.org

School programs will be starting towards the end of September in Uplands Park, Anderson Hill and Trafalgar Park.  Contact Margaret for information which will also be emailed to schools soon.

Thank you for your support

Margaret Lidkea, Chair of FOUP

 

FOUP Invitation: Royal BC Museum Fieldtrippers: In-seine Sailfins, Shrimps and Sea Slugs!June 25, 2017 [9:30-11:30am] Willows Beach

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.

June 25, 2017  9:30 to 11:30 am Willows Beach

Cattle Point Seaside Geotour – Sunday May 14, 2017

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

New April-May-June “All Dogs Must Be On Leash” Signage for Uplands Park

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.

 

Photos from “Camas, Wildflowers and Birds in Uplands Park Celebration” – Sunday, April 30, 2017

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.