Please share this poster for the Volunteers in the Camas celebration. Uplands Park. April 29, Noon – 3:00PM. There will be all kinds of activities for children and adults, music, tours of the meadows and displays from the many participants listed on the poster. Volunteers and interested folks from all across the CRD are invited.
A green treasure hunt for shamrocks, eye spying for green plants along the trails, making green chia animals, and a pot of gold .. all part of the St. Patrick’s Day family event hosted by the Friends of Uplands Park in Uplands Park on March 17-2018. A wonderful turnout and Chief Leprechaun (Margaret Lidkea, Chair, Friends of Uplands Park) shared fun activities and plant lore with so many leprechauns, big and small.
Photos by Kathleen Matthews.
From Times Colonist, Section C12, Thursday, March 15, 2018
The PDF of GOERT’s Proceedings of the 13th Research Colloquium: New Ways of Understanding Garry Oak Ecosystems have now been published.
PDF Summary available at GOERT_Proceedings_2017_Optimized.
Margaret Lidkea, Chair of the Friends of Uplands Park, presented at this GOERT Colloquium, and presented the FOUP experience as participants in the Canada 150 BioBlitz that took place at Uplands Park in April 2017.
Proceedings also posted on the GOERT Website at http://www.goert.ca/activities/2018/01/proceedings-of-goert-13th-research-colloquium-2017/
The Friends of Uplands Park is participating in the Nature Conservancy of Canada’s #MEADOW MARATHON. The NCC Garry Oak Meadow Marathon is taking place during February at several sites in Greater Victoria and Duncan and volunteers are invited to help with the removal of invasive plants and the planting of native species. Participate in 3 events and your name will be entered to win PRIZES!!! See the #MEADOW MARATHON website for locations and times: http://www.natureconservancy.ca/meadowmarathon
FOUP’s “No Ivy League” is part of the #MEADOW MARATHON, and happens every Sunday from 1 to 3 pm. Meet at the kiosks on Cattle Point near the ocean.
See also the article in Times Colonist about Garry Oak Meadow Marathon (Sunday February 11, 2018 Page D9 ). Web link at http://www.timescolonist.com/life/islander/our-community-get-garry-oak-meadows-ready-for-spring-1.23170402
The Friends of Uplands Park’s very committed No Ivy League group resumes it’s weekly weekend invasive removal work on Sunday, February 4, 2018 from 1 – 3pm. The goal is to focus primarily on the removal ivy and other invasive plants from Uplands Park and Cattle Point and these weekly sessions are making a difference. Please join us in this work. Tools and gloves are provided as well as the opportunity for learning best practices. Meet at the Cattle Point kiosks at the parking lot area down near the water.
At the 13th Annual GOERT Research Colloquium, Margaret Lidkea, Chair, Friends of Uplands Park, presented on the Canada 150 BioBlitz that was held at Uplands Park, on April 22, 2017, as part of the Canada 150 BioBlitz events. FOUP hosted this at Uplands Park’s Garry Oak ecosystem on behalf of GOERT.
The PDF of Margaret’s PPT presentation can be viewed at FOUP ML Biolblitz GOERT 2017 PRESENTATION 7.
Background web pages can be viewed at
- GOERT 2o17 GOERT Research Colloquium at
- Canada 150 BioBlitz at
- A BioBlitz of Garry Oak Ecosystems and Adjacent Habitat in Greater Victoria at
- 2017 Victoria BioBlitz iNaturalist Obervations at:
- Victoria BioBlitz iNaturalist Observations also found at:
Some photos from the Uplands Park BioBlitz. Photos from Margaret’s PPT presentation:
18 Yarrow (Achillea millefolium)36 Hare Sedge (Carex ovalis)18 Thick-headed Sedge (Carex pachystachya)18 Western Rush (Juncus occidentalis)18 Barestem Desert-parsley (Lomatium nudicaule)18 Yampah (Perideridia gairdneri)18 Pacific Wood-rush (Luzula comosa)36 Self-heal (Prunella vulgaris ssp. lanceolata)18 Western Buttercup (Ranunculus occidentalis)18 Douglas’s Aster (Symphyotrichum subspicatum)
Common camasDeath camasWestern ButtercupSpring GoldYellow RattleStraight-beak ButtercupBarestem Desert-parsleyFool’s Onion