Next Bird Walk with Geoffrey Newell’s Friends of Uplands Park Birding Group on Friday May 25-2018:
Join Geoffrey for a sea watch at Cattle Point, followed by a search for singing spring migrants inside of Uplands Park and enjoy the sensational wildflowers at the same time! Please meet at the brand new marine wildlife signs in the large parking lot at the end of Cattle Point at 8:00 a.m. this coming Friday, May 25th.
Amazing fact: Geoffrey has had 15 rare birds this May throughout the city, including several in Uplands Park, Mount Tolmie, Panama Flats and today, he found a female Western Bluebird building a nest in a nest box in the Blenkinsop Valley, the first since their reintroduction to the island about 10 years ago!
Friends of Uplands Park: Invitation and Call for Volunteers – Fall 2017
Dear Friends of Uplands Park
We are trying to remove invasive plants and to reduce the Fire Load in Uplands Park. There are several plants including regular invasive plants but also invasive trees like European Elm, European Ash, English Hawthorn, Norway Maple and others that produce more biomass that we are removing each year. This causes concern because of the potential wildfires in the park that may spread to residential homes.
Many of these trees are gradually being removed by Oak Bay Parks. WE NEED YOUR HELP TO REMOVE INVASIVE BUSHES like Daphne and other destructive plants like English ivy.
PLEASE HELP US to remove invasive plants this year. You are welcome to join us any Sunday from 1 to 3pm for the NO IVY LEAGUE that starts this Sunday and goes until the end of November.
The ANNUAL IVY BROOM BASH will be on Saturday Oct 14 and Sunday Oct 15. This is an excellent opportunity to help your community and your natural environment, the globally endangered Garry Oak Ecosystem. Families benefit from getting outdoors together and having lots of fun. Students can earn their volunteer hours by participating.
A public meeting will be held on Thursday Oct 5 at Windsor Pavilion from 7 to 9 on Restoration in Upland Park: Management Plans; what has been done and projected to be done over the next 2 years. The first half will be a report by Wylie Thomas, and the second half will be a discussion about the challenges and possible solutions. We invite the public to speak and share their thoughts.
Tree Appreciation Day on Sun Nov 5 will involve planting Garry oaks and other plants at the Midland entrance.
Remember our regular monthly Bird Walks by Geoffrey Newell will be on the last Saturday of each month unless posted otherwise on our website or Facebook: friendsofuplandspark.org
School programs will be starting towards the end of September in Uplands Park, Anderson Hill and Trafalgar Park. Contact Margaret for information which will also be emailed to schools soon.
Wylie Thomas, Friends of uplands Park Steering Committee member, sends the following photos from FOUP’s Annual Uplands Park Camas Day Celebration. A sunny blustery April day with many folks joining the Bird Walk lead by Geoffrey Newell and the Camas Meadow Walks hosted by FOUP. Uplands Park was in glorious spring bloom. Thank you to all the volunteers and to Chris Hyde-Lay [of Oak Bay Parks] for all the help.
Joining the Friends of Uplands Park, this year, was the ButterflyWay Booth, with volunteers from the David Suzuki Foundation ButterflyWay initiative, sharing knowledge about local butterflies and their native host and nectar plants, and, featuring Butter-Blue, a Western Spring Azure butterfly puppet [checking out FOUP’s plant display and flying about]. Here are some additional 2017 Camas Day Celebration photos taken by Kathleen Matthews.
Join bird expert Geoffrey Newell next Saturday, Nov. 26, on his Friends of Uplands Park Bird Walk. Please meet at 9:00 a.m. 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 in search of wintering birds. Bring gum boots and warm clothing.
Friends of Uplands Park activities are now scheduled for September and October 2016. More information to follow closer to the activity dates.
Saturday, September 17, 2016 – Birding with Geoffrey Newell. 8:00 a.m. Meeting at Cattle Point.
Sunday, September 18, 2016 – Spider Websites. 1:30 – 3:00 p.m. Family activity. Wander rocky meadows to find local spiders, their webs, and learn about their habits. Dress up as a spider to learn about spider bodies. Cancelled if rainy.
Saturday, October 15, and Sunday, October 16, 2016 – Annual Invasive Plant Bash. Afternoon. Tools and refreshments supplied. All ages welcome.
“Geoffrey Newell’s next public bird walk for the Friends of Uplands Park is on Saturday, Sept. 17. Meet at Cattle Point at 8:00 a.m. After watching for sea and shorebirds, we will go inland to search for fall migrants. Did you know that Uplands Park hosts 22 endangered plants and is essential to native birds? Did you know that Geoffrey’s announcements for his bird walks are regularly found on Shaw T.V. (Channel 4) and in the Oak Bay News during the week before his walk and on the Oak Bay Recreation Parks website? Please spread the word and enjoy these sources of media as well. Let us know on his next walk, if you spotted them.”
If anyone has photos, or stories, from the Uplands Park Bird Walks that took place on June 30-2016 or August 27, 2016, please send to Kathleen Matthews at KathleenMatt@gmail.com, for posting to the FOUP website. Apologies for not posting these two events, back before they took place. I have been out of town for most of the summer. Photos and stories from the July 30th bird walk also welcome.
Geoffrey’s next birding is on Saturday, July 30 at 8:00 a.m.. Please note this early start in the summer. Later than that would be just too not for the birds by the time we get into the park!
Please meet at the end of Cattle Point. The shorebirds are moving through in large numbers right now for their fall migration, so it is our hope that we will spot some really exciting novelties. The fall migration in which birds are starting to head south after breeding in the north is also happening in the park right now. Whe should see some Band-tailed Pigeons and Cedar Waxwings for example! Hope you are all taking advantage of this fine weather!
Did you know that Geoffrey has determined that 214 species of birds have been identified in the park over the years? A good number of them have been found through his relentless efforts! He has really helped to change the perception of the park as a hotspot for birds, even in the minds of the best of birders! Uplands Park is a true birding paradise to behold!
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.
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.
Easter Sunday – Special Birding Event at Cattle Point:
Join Friends of Uplands Park and Friends of Shoal Harbour on a Special Easter Sunday Bird Walk and Talk. Experts from FOUP ad FOSH will introduce you to migratory birds, the challenges they face on their long travels and the need for protected areas.
Sunday, March 27, 2016 from 1:00 – 4:00PM
Meet at Cattle Point a the first boat ramp near the Friends of Uplands Park sign.