Oak Bay News Article: Dec. 3, 2019. Willows Students Contribute to Uplands Park Restoration

Oak Bay News Article web link at https://www.oakbaynews.com/community/willows-students-help-put-2500-native-plants-into-oak-bays-uplands-park/

Willows students help put 2,500 native plants into Oak Bay’s Uplands Park

Photos Courtesy of Oak Bay News.

Willows School students, Henry and George Mepham, remove more than 10 kg of dog poop from Uplands Park [Story in Oak Bay News, Aug 22-2018]

A huge thank you to 2 Willows School students, Henry and George Mepham, for removing more than 10 kg of dog poop from Uplands Park. The article is in the Wednesday, August 22, 2018 issue of the Oak Bay News. In the print edition, see the front page and page A4. The online version, with more photos, and a short video, can be read at https://www.oakbaynews.com/…/oak-bay-brothhttps://www.oakbaynews.com/community/oak-bay-brothers-scoop-10-kg-of-poop-from-park-paths-in-30-mins/ers-scoop-10-kg-…/.Henry and George have also helped remove invasive plants in Uplands and have planted native species with their class.

Photo by Christine van Reeuwyk/Oak Bay News. Published in the Wednesday, August 22, 2018 issue of the Oak Bay News. From page photo.

Oak Bay News Stories Feature Uplands Park and FOUP Events in April 2018

The Oak Bay News has been featuring Uplands Park throughout April 2018. Below are stories posted online and in the print newspaper editions. Click on links to read the full story and to enjoy the photos.

Apr. 25, 2018  

Tucked away in the corner of a Garry oak meadow, artist Jeremy Herndl creates a conservation in paint.

April 3, 2018

Camas Day takes on an air of thanks this year in Oak Bay.

Friends of Uplands park hosts Volunteers in the Camas this year to celebrate those working to maintain and restore natural habitats in the south Island.

“There are volunteers all over south Vancouver Island that goes into parks and help restore ecosystems and remove invasive species as well as maintaining trails,” said Margaret Lidkea, chair of Friends of Uplands Park. “All of this is essential for preserving our natural areas.”

April 4, 2018 

Bird nesting season means leashed dogs in Uplands Park. Dogs must be on leash April 1 to June 30 each year in the Oak Bay natural space, primarily to protect feathered wildlife.

April 5, 2018

Barred owl comes out for daylight visit during Oak Bay birding

A crowd of just over 30 participants gathered at the still cold hour of 8 a.m. recently, to listen to the knowledgeable bird expert, Geoffrey Newell. The reason for the early start was to hear more bird calls. In fact it is possible to hear between fifty and sixty different species of birds here.

Pokemon Go Digital Critters & e-Ecosystem Cleared from Cattle Point

Pokemon Go digital critters and haunts to be cleared from Cattle Point, and hopefully from Uplands Park too, thanks to the efforts of FOUP Steering Committee Member, Wylie Thomas.

“Park steward wins Pokemon Go battle for Cattle Point park”.
See: Oak Bay News article: March 24, 2017, page A3:

Image credit: Christine van Reeuwyk/Oak Bay News: Cattle Point is a prime Pokemon spawning ground, with a gym and myriad pokestops drawing people to walk in areas featuring rare and endangered plants. After months of attempts, those who work in the park learned this week the stops will be removed.

Oak Bay News article features the Annual Oak Bay Tree Appreciation Day and FOUP’s Annual Invasive Species Bash.

The November 2, 2016 issue of the Oak Bay News has a front page article highlighting the Annual Oak Bay Tree Appreciation Day and FOUP’s Annual Invasive Species Bash. Both events are scheduled for Sunday, November 6, 2016, in Uplands Park and at Cattle Point.

Activities start at 10:00AM and continue until 4:00PM.

  • Annual Oak Bay Tree Appreciation Day: 10:00AM – Noon
  • FOUP’s Annual Invasive Species Bash Noon – 4:00pm

Please come out to these family friendly events to learn about invasive species, and the special cultural and ecological heritage of Uplands Park and stay to help save Uplands Park from Invasive Species.

Read the Oak Bay News , Wednesday Oct, 2, 2016 online article.

The print edition features a different photo. Here are the screen prints from the online eEdition that is the same as the print version.


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Oak Bay News “Pretty in purple” Feature Story – May 1, 2016 Camas Day Inspiration at Uplands Park

The Oak Bay News [April 29, 2016] features photo titled “Pretty in purple” of the Camas Meadows in Uplands Park along with Friends of Uplands Park Chair, Margaret Lidkea, happy in the Camas.

A feature story is about FOUP’s May 1, 2016 Camas Day Inspiration event, celebrating the 70th Birthday of Uplands Park is found on page A3of the Oak Bay News story at http://www.oakbaynews.com/community/377360261.html.
Screen shots from Oak Bay News website [April 29-2016]. Permission granted by Christine van Reewyk.

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Photo by Christine van Reeuwyk

Uplands Park – 2 Articles in April 15, 2016 Issue of Oak Bay News [Geology-at Cattle-Point; Dogs-on-Leash]

The April 15th, 2016 issue of the Oak Bay News features two articles about Uplands Park. 

  1. Track glaciers on geotour
  2. Dog leashes not optional in Uplands in spring

Uplands Park Restoration – Front Page Feature in Oak Bay News

The Wednesday, March 9, 2016 edition of the Oak Bay News features restoration work in Uplands Park.

Article at http://www.oakbaynews.com/news/371461631.html.

Ivy climbing the Garry Oaks, and carpeting the ground where native bulbs are trying to survive, is one of the invasive plants being targeted for removal in Uplands Park.

[Photos by Kathleen Matthews, taken MArch 5, 2016, Uplands Park. ]