Celebrate Parks Day in Uplands Park – Saturday July 21-2018 – Join FOUP at 10:00AM for a Ramble

Healthy by Nature
CELEBRATE Parks Day
Saturday July 21
10 am
Meet at the Beach Drive entrance to Uplands Park

Join Friends of Uplands Parkfor a gentle ramble through the endangered Garry Oak Ecosystem. Although many plants are now sleeping, the golden grass, camas seed pods and orchids are a wonderful place to find grasshoppers and other insects. Find out how Oak Bay Parks and the Friends are restoring the park to a healthier natural area, better for the native plants, animals and our community. Support the NATUREHOOD!

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Tide Pool School on Sunday August 12, 2018 10:00 am to 11:30 am Kitty Islet, Oak Bay

A low tide of 0.3m presents an amazing view of the diversity of low intertidal marine life. Biologists of Friends of Uplands Park and the Georgia Strait Alliance will present the challenges for life here, the tides and zonation in this rocky ecosystem.  Respect for and preservation of the Kitty Islets marine life will be a focus. Specimens will be discussed. 

For part of the program, you will be able to use a small net and container to catch creatures, watch and ID them and then return them to the same place.

Using a smart phone, you can take photos and put them online at iNaturalist.ca.

Sign in at the Welcome Table.  DONATIONS APPRECIATED.

July 14-2018 Tide Pool School at Cattle Point a wonderful success. Photos attached.

Margaret Lidkea, FOUP Chair, is pleased to report on the wonderful turnout for the July 14, 2018 Tide Pool School at Cattle Point.

“Tide Pool School July 14 was a great event thanks to all the volunteers of the Georgia Strait Alliance and FOUP. 93 participants signed up, were instructed by volunteers about the challenges of rocky intertidal life, the zonations and the adaptations of living things. The need to take care of the fragile urban foreshore was emphasized and we know that participants will pass on this knowledge…respect, care and returning of all living and non-living things to the exact place where they were found. Highlights included an enormous gumboot chiton, large active red rock crabs, black pricklebacks, some 6 armed sea stars and a blood star. People were surprised to find differently coloured sponges and even the very small red sea slug that camouflages on the red velvet sponge. Donations of $160 were gratefully appreciated to purchase restoration tools, plants and pay for events.”

Photos by Rick Marshall.