2016 Spring Events at Uplands Park with Friends of Uplands Park

cropped-camasa-day-2015-image-1509884_10153152180765853_118818662693321929_n.jpg2016 Spring Events at Uplands Park with Friends of Uplands Park

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.


FOUP Events: November 2015 Recap & Photos from Tree Appreciation Day Planting and the Urban Forest Walk

Margaret Lidkea, Chair of FOUP, Sends the following news about the very successful November 2015 FOUP events :

The Urban Forest Symposium, Tree Appreciation Day planting and the Urban Forest Walk were all very successful. Presenters were excellent, volunteers wonderful and we had over 140 very interested people involved in the 3 events. Partnerships with Habitat Stewardship Trust, Oak Bay Parks and FOUP allows for a marvellous blend of expertise, education, volunteering and enthusiasm. THANK YOU to all that participated and/or informed others of these events.

Here are some photos from the November 8, 2015 Tree Appreciation Day and Urban Park Forest walk with Dr. Larry McCann.

Photo credits: Margaret Lidkea

Photo Credits: Chris Hyde-Lay.

Oak Bay Tree Appreciation Day & Uplands Park Urban Forest Walk – Sunday, November 8, 2015

2015 Tree App & Urban Forest Walk posterOak Bay Tree Appreciation Day – The Friends of Uplands Park invites your participation in Oak Bay’s Annual Tree Appreciation Day, an annual event hosted by Recreation Oak Bay:

  • Meeting Place: Uplands Park “entrance” sign on Beach Drive across from parking lot.
  • Date: Sunday November 8, 2015
  • Time: 10:00AM – 12:00PM
  • Activities: Help plant native plants in areas recently cleared of invasive plants. A family event. Refreshments & some tools provided, but please bring your own trowels, gloves, and shovels, if you have some.

Urban Forest Walk – A companion event hosted by HAT (Habitat Acquisition Trust) and FOUP (Friends of Uplands Park)

  • Meeting Place: Uplands Park “entrance” sign on Beach Drive across from parking lot.
  • Date: Sunday November 8, 2015
  • Time: 11:30AM – 1:00PM
  • Activities: Walk through Uplands Park with FOUP & HAT experts. Jjoin Dr. Larry McCann, UVic expert on the history of the Uplands neighbourhood, for a walk in the Uplands.

2015 Tree App & Urban Forest Walk poster

Oak Bay Urban Forest Symposium – November 3 – 2015

Margaret Lidkea sends the following announcement, and invitation, to attend the important Oak Bay Urban Forest Symposium, to be held at Windsor Park Pavilion, November 3, 2015, 7-9pm.

Dear Friends
Oak Bay Parks, Friends of Uplands Park and Habitat Acquisition Trust are hosting this important event. This is the first public meeting in Greater Victoria about the Urban Forest. Strategies will be developed by each municipality. Please arrive early for a seat. Refreshments. Donations welcome. Poster PDF: https://www.oakbay.ca/sites/default/files/recreation/documents/parks_symposium_flyer.pdf
Margaret Lidkea, Chair of FOUP

This local Oak Bay focused Urban Forest Symposium follows from the Canadian Urban Forest Conference held in Victoria Fall 2014. [2014 Conference presentations available at http://www.cufn.ca/#!cufc11-victoria-british-columbia/c7rb]

Urban Tree Symposium Poster half size 2015-11-03 parks_symposium_flyer