Celebrating the Creativity Inspired by Uplands Park

“Autumn fruit at Uplands Park”, a watercolour by 85 year old Bev Thomas, and two lovely copper hued photos from scenic Cattle Point, by Wylie Thomas, Friends of Uplands Park Steering Committee Member, and committed volunteer, celebrate a central mandate of the Friends Of Uplands Park.

Friends of Uplands Park Mandate
a. Support initiatives for protecting the ecosystems of Uplands Park.
b. Educate our community on the natural and cultural history of Uplands Park.
c. Celebrate the creativity inspired by Uplands Park.
d. Facilitate research/documentation focusing on Uplands Park
e. Seek out local knowledge about Uplands Park.

Shaw TV YouTube Video posted March 7, 2017 – Featuring Friends of Uplands Park Volunteers at Cattle Point

Friends of Uplands Park volunteer, Wylie Thomas has provided a link to the Shaw TV South Vancouver Island “Community Producers” YouTube video story featuring a group of Friends of Uplands Park No Ivy League volunteers who were interviewed and filmed while working at Cattle Point on Sunday, February 26, 2017.  Wylie asked, as part of this FOUP blog post, to also mention:

….. the critical role played by Oak Bay Parks (aka Chris Hyde-Lay and his staff) in protecting this important part of our natural heritage. Their in-kind contributions are a very important part of the HSP project (invasives disposal, native plant purchases, arborist time, trails and signage) and they have been bent over backwards to help make our work a success. Without their support none of this would be happening.

The SHAW TV video, posted to YouTube on March 7, 2017, features Friends of Uplands Park Chair, Margaret Lidkea, and volunteers Wylie Thomas, Ron Carter and others, who share their experiences and motivations and discuss the importance of the Garry Oak Ecosystem restoration work that is being accomplished at Cattle Point.

Shaw TV YouTube Caption:  Published on Mar 7, 201
Rare & endangered species are found in a few small pockets on the South Island like Uplands Park & Cattle Point. The Friends of Uplands Park are hoping to bring some of these Garry Oak species back by removing invasive plants and sectioning off some of the areas that these rare species have been found.

Lorraine Scollan, Community Access Producer, Programming,  SHAW TV, noted in her email to Wylie, that the interview-video segment was to be aired on Friday afternoons, on Channel 4, and would be repeated for perhaps two weeks, on the  “Community Producers” program, whose schedule can be viewed at https://www.shaw.ca/ShawTV/Victoria/. The video of the Friends of Uplands Park story has also been posted to Shaw TV’s Twitter feed [March 7-2017] at www.twitter.com/ShawTV_SVI . The video will also be posted on the Shaw TV Facebook page, perhaps under the video section at www.facebook.com/goislandsouth .

Friends of Uplands Park Volunteers & Oak Bay Parks Staff remove 120 Cubic Yards of Ivy & Daphne from Cattle Point since September 2016.

Wylie Thomas, Oak Bay Parks & FOUP Steering Committee Member, sends the following:

The picture below shows the most recent truckload of ivy and daphne removed from Cattle Point. Since September 2016, Oak Bay staff and volunteers have removed more than 120 cubic yards of ivy from the woods on the ocean side of the scenic ring road at Cattle Point. This work is being funded in part by the federal Habitat Stewardship Program (HSP) as part of a three-year program to protect critical habitat for endangered plants of which there are six in the meadows of Cattle Point. An important contributing factor to the success of the HSP application is the high level of community support, coordinated by FOUP, in the form of volunteer hours to remove invasive plants and deliver outreach programs directed at increasing awareness of the park’s rare ecosystems and endangered species.

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Photo Credits: Wylie Thomas. February 2017

 

 

Friends of Uplands Park – No Ivy League Volunteers Clearing Ivy from Cattle Point; Uplands Park Maps: Ivy Distribution Map; 2016-2019 Focus Areas for Invasive Removal

February 12, 2017 marked the clearing of Ivy from a major section of Cattle Point. The Friends of Uplands Park’s No Ivy League volunteers and many other volunteers for the community and schools have been working hard.

The inner sections of Cattle Point will be the next area to be cleared by the No Ivy League, and in time, their focus will turn to the ivy in Uplands Park. Attached are a few photos celebrating the ivy removal work at Cattle Point accomplished on Sunday, February 12, 2017, by a group of hard working volunteers.

Also attached are images showing how best to remove Ivy from Oak Trees, a map showing a density distribution of Ivy on the trees in Uplands Park, and a map showing the areas where Oak Bay Parks staff will be focusing their Federal HSP Grant funded work, between 2016- 2019. The maps were created by Friends of Uplands Park volunteer Wylie Thomas on behalf of Oak Bay Parks to help guide volunteer activities in the park.

For training purposes with FOUP volunteers, Wylie also put together the “Best Practices for Ivy Removal” poster, using a diagram courtesy of https://www.slideshare.net/johnlampe/english-ivy.

2016 Seasons Greetings from the Friends of Uplands Park Steering Committee

Seasons Greetings and a Happy New Year from the Steering Committee of the Friends of Uplands Park:
Ron Carter, John Dick, Matt Fairbarns, Elizabeth Garrett, Chris Garrett, Anna Graham, Angela Hills, Chris Hyde-Lay, Margaret Lidkea, Rick Marshall, David Newell, Emily Roston, Cathy Savage, Jacques Sirois, Wylie Thomas, and from our Social Media Manager, Kathleen Matthews.

Photos by Kathleen Matthews
Uplands Park Winter Photos by Kathleen Matthews [from years gone by]
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CANCELLED: Friends of Uplands Park & the Royal BC Museum co-present an evening Beach Seine Net at Willows Beach: Fieldtrippers: In-seine Sailfins, Shrimps and Sea Slugs! – December 12-2016

Cancellation notice from Margaret Lidkea, Chair, Friends of Uplands Park

The Royal BC Museum and the Friends of Uplands Park regret that this evening’s Beach Seine event is cancelled because of icy, cold weather.  We are hoping to have one next June.

Thank you for your interest and support.
Margaret Lidkea, Chair, Friends of Uplands Park sends the following invitation:
Dear Friends of Uplands Park
We are again partnering with the Royal BC Museum with an evening Beach Seine Net at the north end of Willows Beach.  Friends of Uplands Park will have small nets and containers for people to collect creatures, watch them wiggle and ask the experts about them.

Event Details – Fieldtrippers: In-seine Sailfins, Shrimps and Sea Slugs!

  • December 12, 2016
  • 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm
  • Willows Beach
  • More info at the Royal BC Museum website:
Join researchers from the Royal BC Museum, as they conduct an evening 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.

Dress appropriately (boots, layers, rain gear) and wear a headlamp or bring a flashlight.

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