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
- GOERT 2o17 GOERT Research Colloquium at
- Canada 150 BioBlitz at
- A BioBlitz of Garry Oak Ecosystems and Adjacent Habitat in Greater Victoria at
- 2017 Victoria BioBlitz iNaturalist Obervations at:
- Victoria BioBlitz iNaturalist Observations also found at:
Some photos from the Uplands Park BioBlitz. Photos from Margaret’s PPT presentation:
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.
Thanks to Wiley Thomas for providing the lists of seeds and plants planted.
Photos by Kathleen Matthews
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.
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):
Photos of the 8 new Garry Oak Trees planted in Uplands Park along Midland Street:
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
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: 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
The FOUP-RBCM Beach Seine on June 25, 2017 was a very popular family activity. Wiley Thomas, FOUP Steering Committee Member, sends the following photos.
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