Pigmy Owl spotted in Uplands Park

Thanks to Isabel Cordua-von-Specht for sending along this photo of a pygmy owl in Uplands Park. – November 2015.  

photo by Isabel Cordua-von-Specht
photo by Isabel Cordua-von-Specht
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FOUP November Bird Walks & other Birding News

David Newell sends this announcement about two forthcoming November Bird Walks at Cattle Point/Uplands Park, along with news of the Christmas Bird Count, in Oak Bay, that will be of interest to birders.

Dear Friends of Uplands Park: Here are three birdng events:

1) Geoffrey Newell’s monthly birding for the Friends of Upland’s Park is on Saturday Nov. 21. This walk may be of particular interest to those who will be participating in the Oak Bay Christmas Bird Count. Please meet in the large parking lot at the end of Cattle Point at 9:00 a.m. After viewing birds along the ocean, we will head inland to look for wintering birds inside of the park.

2) David Newell will be leading the next bird walk in Upland’s Park on Saturday Nov. 28 as Geoffrey will be refereeing at a karate tournament on that day. Please meet in the large parking lot at the end of Cattle Point at 9:00 a.m. After viewing birds along the ocean, we will head inland to look for wintering birds inside of the park.

3) If you are interested in joining in on the Christmas Bird Count, please contact us at dnewell350@gmail.com This year, the CBC is on Saturday, Dec. 19, meeting at the ocean end of Rutland Rd. at 8:00 a.m. You can come for just part of the day, if you wish. Make certain that you are wearing rubber boots and warm clothes. Have an umbrella, just in case. We will stop at the Oak Bay Marina at about 11:30 for half an hour before continuing on into south Oak Bay. We finish at about 3:30 p.m. This event occurs whether rain or shine…

Photo by Wayne Matthews - Sunday Feb 16 2014
Photo by Wayne Matthews – Sunday Feb 16 2014

Help Remove Daphne from Uplands Park – Sunday, November 29, 2015 (1:30 – 3:30pm)

Daphne Laurel, also known as Spurge Laurel, [Daphne laureola] is an extremely invasive poisonous and toxic plant that has taken over large areas of the understory in Uplands Park. IT NEEDS TO BE CONTROLLED. GOERT – The Garry Oak Ecosystems Recovery Team provides a PDF from WorkSafe BC outlining the recommended practices for removing Spurge Daphne. PDF: Daphne Work Safe BC Guidelines tp0601

Here is a poster for this Friends of Uplands Park event.

2015 Nov 29 poster Remove Daphne
Poster designed by Margaret LidKea, FOUP Chair.

FOUP Events: November 2015 Recap & Photos from Tree Appreciation Day Planting and the Urban Forest Walk

Margaret Lidkea, Chair of FOUP, Sends the following news about the very successful November 2015 FOUP events :

The Urban Forest Symposium, Tree Appreciation Day planting and the Urban Forest Walk were all very successful. Presenters were excellent, volunteers wonderful and we had over 140 very interested people involved in the 3 events. Partnerships with Habitat Stewardship Trust, Oak Bay Parks and FOUP allows for a marvellous blend of expertise, education, volunteering and enthusiasm. THANK YOU to all that participated and/or informed others of these events.

Here are some photos from the November 8, 2015 Tree Appreciation Day and Urban Park Forest walk with Dr. Larry McCann.

Photo credits: Margaret Lidkea

Photo Credits: Chris Hyde-Lay.

Friends of Uplands Park Bird Walk – Saturday, November 28, 2015

The monthly Friends of Uplands Park Bird Walk, led by expert birder, Geoffrey Newell, takes place on Saturday, November 28, 2015.

Meet at 9:00 AM down at Cattle Point to view marine birds and then ramble through Uplands Park locating birds with your binoculars and hearing their voices. Suitable those over the age of 10 years.

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Photo by Kathleen Matthews.

Uplands Park KIOSK features a new FOUP Information Cabinet

The new Uplands Park KIOSK was celebrated at the 2014 Annual Oak Bay Tree Appreciation Day. A new Friends of Uplands Park information cabinet was installed on the KIOSK just in time for the 2015 Oak Bay Tree Appreciation Day. The beautiful new cabinet was designed and constructed by Oak Bay Parks, and will be used by FOUP to announce upcoming FOUP events and news.

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Photos by Kathleen Matthews

Photos from the Oak Bay Urban Tree Symposium [November 3, 2015]

The Oak Bay Urban Tree Symposium, hosted by Habitat Acquisition Trust (HAT), the Friends of Uplands Park (FOUP), and Oak Bay Parks, held on November 3, 2015, at Windsor Park Pavilion, attracted a near full house. Councillor Hazel Braithwaite welcomed Guests. Chris Hyde-Lay, Manager, Oak Bay Parks Service, provided a well informed overview of the important benefits of the Urban Forest and introduced the members of the panel. Expert speakers both educated and inspired guests and entertained us too: Adam Taylor, (HAT Executive Director 2008 – 2015) reporting on the HAT aerial study of Greater Victoria and Oak Bay, showing significant tree cover loss and increase in impervious surfaces (roads etc.) over the last 5 years; Jill Robinson (new HAT Executive Director – November 2015 ); Ron Carter (Retired District of Saanich Arbourist);  Matt Fairbarns (Restoration ecologist, Member of Oak Bay Parks & Recreation Commission, and Trial Island Ecological Steward). The Friends of Uplands Park provided refreshments and closed the evening with a heartfelt thank you, from Margaret Lidkea, to all the guests and speakers. Thank you to Kevin Webber, Friends of Uplands Steering Committee Member, for taking the following photos.


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Oak Bay Tree Appreciation Day & Uplands Park Urban Forest Walk – Sunday, November 8, 2015

2015 Tree App & Urban Forest Walk posterOak Bay Tree Appreciation Day – The Friends of Uplands Park invites your participation in Oak Bay’s Annual Tree Appreciation Day, an annual event hosted by Recreation Oak Bay:

  • Meeting Place: Uplands Park “entrance” sign on Beach Drive across from parking lot.
  • Date: Sunday November 8, 2015
  • Time: 10:00AM – 12:00PM
  • Activities: Help plant native plants in areas recently cleared of invasive plants. A family event. Refreshments & some tools provided, but please bring your own trowels, gloves, and shovels, if you have some.

Urban Forest Walk – A companion event hosted by HAT (Habitat Acquisition Trust) and FOUP (Friends of Uplands Park)

  • Meeting Place: Uplands Park “entrance” sign on Beach Drive across from parking lot.
  • Date: Sunday November 8, 2015
  • Time: 11:30AM – 1:00PM
  • Activities: Walk through Uplands Park with FOUP & HAT experts. Jjoin Dr. Larry McCann, UVic expert on the history of the Uplands neighbourhood, for a walk in the Uplands.

2015 Tree App & Urban Forest Walk poster

Oak Bay Urban Forest Symposium – November 3 – 2015

Margaret Lidkea sends the following announcement, and invitation, to attend the important Oak Bay Urban Forest Symposium, to be held at Windsor Park Pavilion, November 3, 2015, 7-9pm.

Dear Friends
Oak Bay Parks, Friends of Uplands Park and Habitat Acquisition Trust are hosting this important event. This is the first public meeting in Greater Victoria about the Urban Forest. Strategies will be developed by each municipality. Please arrive early for a seat. Refreshments. Donations welcome. Poster PDF: https://www.oakbay.ca/sites/default/files/recreation/documents/parks_symposium_flyer.pdf
Margaret Lidkea, Chair of FOUP

This local Oak Bay focused Urban Forest Symposium follows from the Canadian Urban Forest Conference held in Victoria Fall 2014. [2014 Conference presentations available at http://www.cufn.ca/#!cufc11-victoria-british-columbia/c7rb]

Urban Tree Symposium Poster half size 2015-11-03 parks_symposium_flyer