Uplands Park and Oak Bay are on the ancestral territory of the Lekwungen people, known today as the Songhees and Esquimalt Nations. We respect and honour their vital relationship with these lands and waters and how they have cared for them through countless generations, continuing to the present and into the future.
April 15, 2017. A beautiful spring day to explore Uplands Park. Sunshine and warmth. The April 22, 2017 Earth Day BioBlitz takes place the following weekend on Saturday, April 22, 2017.
The photos below, taken Saturday, April 15, 2017, reveal a very small sample of what awaits our BioBlitzers. Come and experience the beauty and wonders of Uplands Park in person. Who knows what might be in bloom in a week? Or in flight? Or just hanging out? A BioBlitz includes all species, not just plants.
Community Members are invited to participate in the BioBlitz at Uplands Park, from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm. Info at BioBlitz details.
Plants From Top: Spring Gold (2) ; Garry Oaks (3) ; Fawn Lily (5); False Soloman’s Seal? (2); Western Buttercup (1); Yellow Montane Violet (2); Shooting Stars (1); Lichen on Garry Oak (1); deep soil Garry Oaks (1); Central Meadow with Vernal Pools (3); English Ivy with Cottonwoods(?) in background (1); Red-osier Dogwood (3); Mountain Sneezeweed emerging in habitat (2); Lupine (1); Nootka Rose (1); Water Plantain Buttercup in habitat (1); Camas (2) Shootingstars (2); Entrance to Uplands Park on Beach Drive (1).
Meet at entrance to Cattle Pt. Saturday, April 22, 2017. Time: 9:00am – 1:00pm
Press Release Excerpt: On Saturday, April 22nd —Earth Day—teams of plant, insect and wildlife experts will be taking part in a 24-hour race to inventory as many species as possible at three, key Garry Oak sites in Victoria, BC, sharing their findings and techniques with the general public, leading guided tours of these sensitive sites and helping to identify species in photos uploaded by the public to iNaturalist.org .
The public is invited to help join in the biggest and most accessible national wildlife inventory in Canada, with a special focus on Victoria’s endangered Garry Oak ecosystems. From 9am to 1pm, the public will be invited to join in on guided tours though the sites, learn from expert naturalists about these special ecosystems and take their own photos of the species they encounter to add to the inventory.
Members of the public can use a smartphone and the iNaturalist app (available on iTunes or Google Play) to take a photo along with a GPS coordinate and upload an observation to the online iNaturalist database, contributing to baseline information of Canada’s wildlife. Users without a smartphone can submit their observations online at iNaturalist.org .
Special activities and events for kids will also be available to help engage our future “citizen scientists”.