Native Cicada sighted emerging in Uplands Park – May 25, 2016.

A beautiful photo, by Wylie Thomas, of a newly emerged Cicada, found in Uplands Park. Photo taken May 25, 2016.

James Miskelly confirms identity and comments:

“Okanagana occidentalis is the local species. We have only two cicadas, this one and a smaller one that ticks rather than drones. Never seen one of these in May before!”

Photo by Wylie Thomas. May 25-2016. Uplands Park.
Photo by Wylie Thomas. May 25-2016. Uplands Park.

Friends of Uplands Park hosts Tide Pools and Orcas – Family Event at Cattle Point – May 5-2016 (9:30-11:30 AM)

Friends of Uplands Park hosts Tide Pools and Orcas,  a Family Event

Meet at Cattle Point from 9:30 – 11:30 am on Sunday, June 5, 2016.
Wear water shoes or rubber boots.

Margaret Lidkea, Chair of FOUP adds:

Dear Friends: Please join us at Cattle Pt on Sunday morning and then walk over to the Oak Bay Tea Party. UVic and WildBc biologists will be there to talk about the wildlife.

FOUP 2016 Tide Pools and Orcas poster
Poster by Margaret Lidkea.

Photos & Thank You – FOUP’s Camas Day Inspiration Celebration

Margaret Lidkea, Chair of Uplands Park, thanks all the volunteers and community members participating in celebrating 70 years of Uplands Park:

The May 1, 2016 Camas Day Inspiration on Sunday May 1, 2016 was a wonderful day.  Tara Ney, Acting Mayor, welcomed people including Shirley Tucker and her family.  Shirley’s father was the Reeve of Oak Bay and was responsible along with his Council, and a vote by the Oak Bay Community, for having Uplands Park designated a natural park in March, 1946.  Shirley and her children, during Chris Causton’s mayoralty term, instigated the erection of the cairn honouring this event.  It was so lovely to listen to Shirley’s story about her Dad.  Other councillors and Oak Bay Parks, Recreation and Culture also attended.

About 150 people participated plus all the excellent volunteers including the Pleine Aire artists, GNS students, the Bowker Creek Initiative, The Native Plant Leaders, Marine Bird Leaders, Creation Station Ladies and our Steering Committee at the Info, Refreshment Tables and Displays. .  75 people went on 7 Native Plant Walks that were part of the HAT Annual Native Plant Garden Tours.  Everyone enjoyed the harp music and singing by Esther-Ruth Teel.

Thanks also to Hide + Seek Coffee, Oak Bay Cob’s Bread, Thrifty’s for donations of food and tents.  The entire 70th Birthday cake was eaten.

Marisa Fairley of Oak Bay was the winner of the Camas Day Inspiration draw, winning a mock orange bush and bleeding heart plants.

With gratitude for all the people involved on this lovely 70th Birthday for Uplands Park.

Margaret Lidkea, Chair of FOUP
Some 2016 Camas Day photos:

Photos by Kathleen Matthews

Friends of Uplands Park Bird Walk – Saturday, May 21, 2016 [8:00pm]

David Newell announces two bird walks lead by Geoffrey Newell:

Join Geoffrey on Saturday, May 21 , for an exciting yet another 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.


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, organized by the Rocky Point Bird Observatory. 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 concerned about the birds in the Victoria area, there will be several tented displays certain to interest you.  The day is organized by the Rocky Point Bird Observatory, with participation by the CRD Regional Parks, and the Victoria Natural History Society. 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. We find this event to be very motivating.

Wayne Flikr May 2016 P1110079
Photo by Wayne Matthews