Oak Bay News “Pretty in purple” Feature Story – May 1, 2016 Camas Day Inspiration at Uplands Park

The Oak Bay News [April 29, 2016] features photo titled “Pretty in purple” of the Camas Meadows in Uplands Park along with Friends of Uplands Park Chair, Margaret Lidkea, happy in the Camas.

A feature story is about FOUP’s May 1, 2016 Camas Day Inspiration event, celebrating the 70th Birthday of Uplands Park is found on page A3of the Oak Bay News story at http://www.oakbaynews.com/community/377360261.html.
Screen shots from Oak Bay News website [April 29-2016]. Permission granted by Christine van Reewyk.

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Photo by Christine van Reeuwyk

Bird Walks with Geoffrey Newell – Uplands Park – April 30 & May 1, 2016

David Newell sends news about forthcoming bird walks in Uplands Park with Geoffrey Newell:

On Saturday, April 30, join Geoffrey for an exciting spring migration Friends of Uplands Park bird Walk.  Please meet at 8:00 a.m. (an earlier time in the summer!) in the large parking lot out at the end of Cattle Point.  Uplands Park is at the north end of Willlows Beach in Oak Bay.  After observing sea and shore birds, we will head inland into the park to listen to and search for the many song birds in this fabulous Garry Oak Meadow Community.  To top it off, several of the  22 species of endangered species of plants are now in full bloom.

On Sunday, May 1,  Geoffrey will be participating in the Friends of Uplands Park Camas Day Inspiration event, and will be at Cattle Point to talk and show people the Marine foreshore and the Birds. Uplands Park is 70 years old this year and the Camas Day Inspiration event is from 12 noon to 4 pm.  People are invited to come out to celebrate those who have been involved, inspired and have created art, music, dance, and participated in restoration and educational activities. More details on the FOUP website.


On Saturday, May 14, from 9:00 a.m. to 1 p.m., Geoffrey will be participating in International Migratory Bird Day at Beaver Lake Park. He will be giving three walks at 9:00, 10:00 and 11:00 a.m.   If you would like to learn about the many associations involved in the concern for birds in the Victoria area, there will be several tented displays sure to attract those who have a keen interest in birds.  The day is presented by the CRD Regional Parks, the Victoria Natural History Society, and the Rocky Point Bird Observatory.  Join in the guided bird walks and the mist-netting, hummingbird and passerine bird banding demonstrations.   There will also be crafts and games for younger children. This annual event is always very motivating and for which one will come to look forward to.


Birds in Uplands Park Poster Created by Chris Garrett with content from Margaret Lidkea. 

Birds in Uplands Park - Spring 2016


Uplands Park 70th Birthday Celebration – Camas Day Inspiration – Sunday, May 1, 2016.

The Friends of Uplands Park is planning a special Camas Day Celebration to mark the 70th “birthday” of Uplands Park.

Camas Day Celebration:

Sunday, May 1, 2016 from Noon – 4:00pm
Beach Drive at the Cattle Point Entrance

The Uplands Park 70th Birthday Celebration – Camas Day Inspiration event is happening [at Uplands Park] on Sunday, May 1, 2016 from Noon – 4:00pm. This event is hosted by the Friends of Uplands Park and Oak Bay Parks. Uplands Park is also one of the park/garden venues that is participating in the HAT Native Plant Garden Tour that is happening, also on May 1, at many venues, between 10:00am – 3:00PM.

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Poster by Margaret Lidkea.

Uplands Park – 2 Articles in April 15, 2016 Issue of Oak Bay News [Geology-at Cattle-Point; Dogs-on-Leash]

The April 15th, 2016 issue of the Oak Bay News features two articles about Uplands Park. 

  1. Track glaciers on geotour
  2. Dog leashes not optional in Uplands in spring

Celebrating FOUP Volunteer Contributions in 2015

To acknowledge and honour the work of FOUP volunteers, and as an example of the incredible level of volunteer contribution each year, Margaret Lidkea, FOUP Chair, is sharing the statistics documenting the incredible contribution of FOUP volunteers engaged with Uplands Park during 2015, as presented in the 2015 Friends of Uplands Park Annual Report, submitted to Oak Bay Council, in February 2015.

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FOUP is celebrating National Volunteer Week on April 12-2016 with a Celebration at the Cattle Point Boat Ramp starting at 11:45 AM and continuing until 2:15.
See Poster and details at https://friendsofuplandspark.org/2016/04/03/celebrate-national-volunteer-week-with-foup-at-cattle-point-april-12-2016/


Friends of Uplands Park Activity: Building Birds Nests. Sunday April 24,2016


Friends of Uplands Park Activity: Building Birds Nests – A family  program

Sunday, April 24, 2016 from 1:30 to 3:00pm
Uplands Park – On the grassy area at the entrance to Cattle Point

“Do all birds build nests? Where do they build? Is a tree an apartment building? What materials do they use and how do they collect them? How do they hold their nests together? Join Friends of Uplands Park’s Margaret Lidkea , retired teacher from Swan Lake Nature Sanctuary. Observe a collection of bird nests. Participate in an inter-active presentation. On a ramble, look for birds building nests, gather your own materials like a bird and build your own nest. Suitable for all ages. Donations appreciated.”

FOUP Building Bird Nests April 24-2016 index


Poster by Margaret Lidkea

Reminder about Dogs in Uplands Park from April 1 – June 30

Friends of Uplands Park – Dog By Law Reminder

PLEASE KEEP YOUR DOGS ON LEASHES FROM APRIL 1 TO JUNE 30.  DOGS CAN DESTROY BIRD NESTS OR SCARE AWAY NESTING BIRDS including ground nesters:  Spotted Towhee, Chipping Sparrow, Orange-crowned Warbler, Dark-eyed Junco, Song Sparrow and low nesters: Anna’s Hummingbird, Bushtit, Chestnut-backed Chickadee and Bewick’s Wren.
Also.. Please do not through Doggy Bags into the bushes or leave them on the meadows or along the trails even if the plan is for picking up later.  
Here is one of many photos of doggie bags left in Uplands Park.  These bags do not decompose in real time. More photos at https://www.flickr.com/photos/imagerambling/albums/72157626166664895
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Photo by Kathleen Matthews

FOUP Event: Cattle Point Rocks – Seaside Geotour Sunday, April 17, 2016

Friends of Uplands Park – Cattle Point Geotour

Sunday, April 17, 2016 from 2 – 4pm
Meet at Cattle Point -No need to pre-register.

Cattle Point is one of Victoria’s stellar geological sites, showing fascinating bedrock features, and perfectly preserved trces of ice and meltwater streams from the last glaciation. FOUP has invited three geologists from the Geological Survey, BC Ministry of Energy and Mines, to demonstrate how to recognize key clues of the ancient and not so ancient history of this area. Dress for the weather. No hammers please. Cameras welcome to record this natural work of art.

Contact Margaret Lindkea for more in information.  [mlidkea@shaw.ca]

FOUP Cattle Point Geology April 17-2016

Poster by Margaret Lidkea.

Celebrate National Volunteer Week with FOUP at Cattle Point – April 12, 2016

FOUP Event: Celebration of National Volunteer Week at Cattle Point, Uplands Park

Tuesday, April 12, 11:45 – 2:15pm.
Meet at the boat ramp at Cattle Point

Volunteers from the Friends of Uplands Park, and the Victoria Green Team, invite you to celebrate Earth Week and the work of volunteers in Uplands Park. Margaret and Wylie (FOUP), and Amanda (Victoria Green Team), will host a nature ramble showcasing the Garry Oak meadows, one of Canada’s most endangered ecosystems. Many of the rare plants are now in bloom. This is also an opportunity to help remove invasive plants such as English ivy, Daphne, Carpet burweed, and Bur chervil. Tools, gloves and refreshments will be on hand.

Contact Margaret Lidkea, FOUP Chair [mlidkea@shaw.ca] for more information.

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Poster by Margret Lidkea.