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.

CANCELLED: Friends of Uplands Park & the Royal BC Museum co-present an evening Beach Seine Net at Willows Beach: Fieldtrippers: In-seine Sailfins, Shrimps and Sea Slugs! – December 12-2016

Cancellation notice from Margaret Lidkea, Chair, Friends of Uplands Park

The Royal BC Museum and the Friends of Uplands Park regret that this evening’s Beach Seine event is cancelled because of icy, cold weather.  We are hoping to have one next June.

Thank you for your interest and support.
Margaret Lidkea, Chair, Friends of Uplands Park sends the following invitation:
Dear Friends of Uplands Park
We are again partnering with the Royal BC Museum with an evening Beach Seine Net at the north end of Willows Beach.  Friends of Uplands Park will have small nets and containers for people to collect creatures, watch them wiggle and ask the experts about them.

Event Details – Fieldtrippers: In-seine Sailfins, Shrimps and Sea Slugs!

  • December 12, 2016
  • 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm
  • Willows Beach
  • More info at the Royal BC Museum website:
Join researchers from the Royal BC Museum, as they conduct an evening beach seine at Willows Beach. As many as 20 species of fish, crabs, shrimp, and other invertebrates will be brought in using a large net, so everyone will get an up-close look at what lives beneath the waves.

Meet at Willows Beach. From Estevan, Turn left onto Esplanade and drive toward the north end of the beach. Park on the right near the large white Royal BC Museum van.

Dress appropriately (boots, layers, rain gear) and wear a headlamp or bring a flashlight.



Friends of Uplands Park hosts Tide Pools and Orcas – Family Event at Cattle Point – May 5-2016 (9:30-11:30 AM)

Friends of Uplands Park hosts Tide Pools and Orcas,  a Family Event

Meet at Cattle Point from 9:30 – 11:30 am on Sunday, June 5, 2016.
Wear water shoes or rubber boots.

Margaret Lidkea, Chair of FOUP adds:

Dear Friends: Please join us at Cattle Pt on Sunday morning and then walk over to the Oak Bay Tea Party. UVic and WildBc biologists will be there to talk about the wildlife.

FOUP 2016 Tide Pools and Orcas poster
Poster by Margaret Lidkea.