A green treasure hunt for shamrocks, eye spying for green plants along the trails, making green chia animals, and a pot of gold .. all part of the St. Patrick’s Day family event hosted by the Friends of Uplands Park in Uplands Park on March 17-2018. A wonderful turnout and Chief Leprechaun (Margaret Lidkea, Chair, Friends of Uplands Park) shared fun activities and plant lore with so many leprechauns, big and small.
Great turnout for the Friends of Uplands Park weekly “No Ivy League” volunteer opportunity on Sunday, February 25-2018. Thanks to the 25 volunteers who braved the blustery day. Photos courtesy of Wylie Thomas.
Margaret Lidkea, Chair of the Friends of Uplands Park, presented at this GOERT Colloquium, and presented the FOUP experience as participants in the Canada 150 BioBlitz that took place at Uplands Park in April 2017.
The Friends of Uplands Park is participating in the Nature Conservancy of Canada’s #MEADOW MARATHON. The NCC Garry Oak Meadow Marathon is taking place during February at several sites in Greater Victoria and Duncan and volunteers are invited to help with the removal of invasive plants and the planting of native species. Participate in 3 events and your name will be entered to win PRIZES!!! See the #MEADOW MARATHON website for locations and times: http://www.natureconservancy.ca/meadowmarathon
FOUP’s “No Ivy League” is part of the #MEADOW MARATHON, and happens every Sunday from 1 to 3 pm. Meet at the kiosks on Cattle Point near the ocean.
The Friends of Uplands Park’s very committed No Ivy League group resumes it’s weekly weekend invasive removal work on Sunday, February 4, 2018 from 1 – 3pm. The goal is to focus primarily on the removal ivy and other invasive plants from Uplands Park and Cattle Point and these weekly sessions are making a difference. Please join us in this work. Tools and gloves are provided as well as the opportunity for learning best practices. Meet at the Cattle Point kiosks at the parking lot area down near the water.
At the 13th Annual GOERT Research Colloquium, Margaret Lidkea, Chair, Friends of Uplands Park, presented on the Canada 150 BioBlitz that was held at Uplands Park, on April 22, 2017, as part of the Canada 150 BioBlitz events. FOUP hosted this at Uplands Park’s Garry Oak ecosystem on behalf of GOERT.
On Dec 3-2017, Friends of Uplands Park volunteers scattered Garry Oak Meadow seed species and planted 216 forbs & gaminoids in one of the Uplands Park Restoration areas that had been cleared of broom in 2005. A lovely day for planting.
18 Yarrow (Achillea millefolium)
36 Hare Sedge (Carex ovalis)
18 Thick-headed Sedge (Carex pachystachya)
18 Western Rush (Juncus occidentalis)
18 Barestem Desert-parsley (Lomatium nudicaule)
18 Yampah (Perideridia gairdneri)
18 Pacific Wood-rush (Luzula comosa)
36 Self-heal (Prunella vulgaris ssp. lanceolata)
18 Western Buttercup (Ranunculus occidentalis)
18 Douglas’s Aster (Symphyotrichum subspicatum)
Seeds were also scattered that had been collected in the park in the summer of 2017.
Thanks to Wiley Thomas for providing the lists of seeds and plants planted.
Invitation to help plant native species in Uplands Park in areas where invasive plants have been removed. Meet at the Uplands Park sign on Beach Drive on Sunday December 3-2017 fro 1 to 3pm. A variety of native species will be planted and seeds will be scattered in areas being restored. Tools, kneeling pads, instructions and refreshments provided for volunteers.