Friends of Uplands Park – Fall 2017 Events: No Ivy League, Annual Ivy Broom Bash, Birding, Public Meeting, Tree Appreciation Day, School Programs

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.

Thank you for your support

Margaret Lidkea, Chair of FOUP

 

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Photos from “Camas, Wildflowers and Birds in Uplands Park Celebration” – Sunday, April 30, 2017

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.

 

Friends of Uplands Park Bird Walk – Saturday, November 26-2016

David Newell sends the following invitation:

Hello Friends of Uplands Park:

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.

If you are interested in joining Team Oak Bay for the Christmas Bird Count, contact Geoffrey at karatebrothers10@yahoo.ca

Photos by Wayne Matthews June 2014
Photos by Wayne Matthews June 2014

Friends of Uplands Park – Heads Up: Fall Events in Uplands Park [Spiders, Birding, Invasive Plants Bash]

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.

FOUP’s Uplands Park Bird Walk – Saturday, September 17, 2016 at 8:00 a.m.

From David Newell:

“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.

Friends of Uplands Park Bird Walk – Saturday, July 30, 2016 – 8:00am

David Newell sends the following invitation:

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!

Wayne's Flicker Spring 2016 P1110079
Flicker – Photo by Wayne Matthews Spring 2016

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.

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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

Bird Walks with Geoffrey Newell – Uplands Park – April 30 & May 1, 2016

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.

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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.

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Birds in Uplands Park Poster Created by Chris Garrett with content from Margaret Lidkea. 

Birds in Uplands Park - Spring 2016

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Celebrate Migratory Birds at Uplands Park – Sunday, March 27, 2016 (1-4 PM)

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.

Contact:  Margaret Lidkea, Chair of FOUP mlidkea@shaw.ca
friendsofuplandspark.org and shoalharbour.wordpress.com

FOUP 2016 Mar27 poster Celebrate Mirgratory Birds in the Naturehood

2016 Spring Events at Uplands Park with Friends of Uplands Park

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Margaret Lidkea, Chair of FOUP, sends the following announcements:

Creatively United for the Planet   Saturday April 16, 10 to 5pm, Royal Bay Secondary School, Colwood, Friends of Uplands Park Display with information and activities about Uplands Park, the endangered Garry Oak Ecosystems, the 22 rare plants, the Cattle Point rocky foreshore and the Friends of Uplands Park programs.

Building Bird Nests                        Sunday April 24       1:30 to 3:30pm          A family program at Uplands Park, meeting at the entrance to Cattle Point, examines nest building and construction techniques of some birds in Uplands Park, with Margaret Lidkea, environmental teacher at Swan Lake Nature Sanctuary for 21 years.  Kids will learn about the materials used by several birds like the hummingbirds and robins, and on a ramble will gather materials and make their own Bewick’s wren’s nest to take home.  Suitable for kids aged 4 and older and their parents and grandparents.  Donations to Friends of Uplands Park are welcome.

CAMAS DAY INSPIRATION              Sunday May 1          12 to 4pm Uplands Park on Beach Drive at the entrance to Cattle Point

Friends of Uplands Park invites you to an inspiration celebration.  With Oak Bay Parks, Recreation and Culture, we hope that you and your family will join us for a cultural inspiration on Camas Day, May 1 from 12 to 4pmArtists will be creating throughout the park, the Bald Eagles Band will be playing, there will be ocean and bird talks at Cattle Point, displays about Camas and the wildflowers, the Bowker Creek Initiative, art, photography and student participation in Invasive Removal and Wildflower walks in the natural native plant “gardens” of Uplands Park and the free native plants as part of

HAT Native Plant Garden Tours 10 to 4pm.  Refreshments available.  Donations appreciated.

 CATTLE POINT TIDE POOLS         Sunday June 5           9:30 to 11:30am

Join Friends of Uplands Park to explore the tide pools of the rocky shores at Cattle Point.  Discover red rock crabs, marine worms, shrimp, nudibranchs and tide-pool fish while collecting with nets and see-through containers.  Learn about the challenges of living in the intertidal zone, the adaptations of different species and the predators eager to eat the animals that live there.

BIRDING in UPLANDS PARK with Geoffrey Newell.  9 to about 11 am   [Last Saturdays of the Month]  Meet at Cattle Point with binoculars to observe the ocean and shore birds.  Then wander into Uplands Park; listen to the birdcalls establishing territory and partners, while looking for juveniles spreading their wings.  Walks are usually the last Saturday in the month, but some changes are needed because Geoffrey has other commitments.  Please check our website.

Check our website for other events like invasive removal and programs…watch out for the grasshopper program in August with James Miskelly.

Become a Friend of Uplands Park for free:  email mlidkea@shaw.ca to go on the list to receive emails.

Camas photo by Kathleen Matthews.