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.



Photos & Plant List from the “Planting & Invasive Ivy Removal Event” at Cattle Point – December 4-2016

Wylie Thomas, on behalf of the Friends of Uplands Park, describes the successful “Planting & Invasive Ivy Removal” event held in Uplands Park on December 4, 2016. The event was a collaboration of the Friends of Uplands Park Planting and the Greater Victoria Green Team.

We had a great volunteer event with Victoria’s Green Team on Sunday. I counted 22 people, but there may have been more. We split into two groups: one group worked on ivy on the ocean side of the Cattle Point loop road, while the second group helped plant native forbs and sedges in our restoration plot.

Here’s what we planted..

54 Western Buttercup
36 Western Rush
54 Common Woodrush
72 Barestem Desert-parsley
4 Field Chickweed
18 Yampah (Perideridia gairdneri)
50 Thick-headed Sedge (Carex pachystachya)
72 Graceful Cinquefoil (Potentilla gracilis)
18 Douglas’ Aster
50 Hare Sedge (Carex ovalis)
100 Selfheal (Prunella vulgaris ssp. lanceolata)
36 Fool’s Onion (Triteleia hyacinthina)
20 1-gallon pots of Great Camas bulbs (about 100 bulbs)

Here are some pictures.