Thanks to all the volunteers who came out to The Great Rip Off in Uplands Park on October 13th, 2018. Such a beautiful day to be in the Park and great mounds of ivy were collected. For those who missed all the fun today, it is all happening again, Sunday, Oct 14th, from 1-4pm. Meet at grassy entrance to Cattle Point on Beach Drive. Tools and gloves and snacks. Family friendly. Hoping some Oak Bay Council Candidates show up too. Photos by Kathleen Matthews.
Seminar: Healthy Trees, Healthy Communities. Wednesday, October 24th, 2018. 7pm. Windsor Pavilion. [Oak Bay – Windsor Park] Everyone Welcome. See poster for details and program. PDF of Poster. healthy_trees_healthy_communities_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.
Healthy by Nature
CELEBRATE Parks Day
Saturday July 21
Meet at the Beach Drive entrance to Uplands Park
Join Friends of Uplands Parkfor a gentle ramble through the endangered Garry Oak Ecosystem. Although many plants are now sleeping, the golden grass, camas seed pods and orchids are a wonderful place to find grasshoppers and other insects. Find out how Oak Bay Parks and the Friends are restoring the park to a healthier natural area, better for the native plants, animals and our community. Support the NATUREHOOD!
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.
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.
David Newell sends announcement:
Next Bird Walk with Geoffrey Newell’s Friends of Uplands Park Birding Group on Friday May 25-2018:
Join Geoffrey for a sea watch at Cattle Point, followed by a search for singing spring migrants inside of Uplands Park and enjoy the sensational wildflowers at the same time! Please meet at the brand new marine wildlife signs in the large parking lot at the end of Cattle Point at 8:00 a.m. this coming Friday, May 25th.
Amazing fact: Geoffrey has had 15 rare birds this May throughout the city, including several in Uplands Park, Mount Tolmie, Panama Flats and today, he found a female Western Bluebird building a nest in a nest box in the Blenkinsop Valley, the first since their reintroduction to the island about 10 years ago!
[Photo from a 2013 FOUP website post]