Friends of Uplands Park – Fall 2017 Events: No Ivy League, Annual Ivy Broom Bash, Birding, Public Meeting, Tree Appreciation Day, School Programs

Friends of Uplands Park: Invitation and Call for Volunteers – Fall 2017

Dear Friends of Uplands Park

We are trying to remove invasive plants and to reduce the Fire Load in Uplands Park.  There are several plants including regular invasive plants but also invasive trees like European Elm, European Ash, English Hawthorn, Norway Maple and others that produce more biomass that we are removing each year.  This causes concern because of the potential wildfires in the park that may spread to residential homes.

Many of these trees are gradually being removed by Oak Bay Parks.  WE NEED YOUR HELP TO REMOVE INVASIVE BUSHES like Daphne and other destructive plants like English ivy.

PLEASE HELP US to remove invasive plants this year.  You are welcome to join us any Sunday from 1 to 3pm for the NO IVY LEAGUE that starts this Sunday and goes until the end of November.

The ANNUAL IVY BROOM BASH will be on Saturday Oct 14 and Sunday Oct 15.  This is an excellent opportunity to help your community and your natural environment, the globally endangered Garry Oak Ecosystem.  Families benefit from getting outdoors together and having lots of fun.  Students can earn their volunteer hours by participating.

A public meeting will be held on Thursday Oct 5 at Windsor Pavilion from 7 to 9 on Restoration in Upland Park:  Management Plans; what has been done and projected to be done over the next 2 years.  The first half will be a report by Wylie Thomas, and the second half will be a discussion about the challenges and possible solutions.  We invite the public to speak and share their thoughts.

Tree Appreciation Day on Sun Nov 5 will involve planting Garry oaks and other plants at the Midland entrance.

Remember our regular monthly Bird Walks by Geoffrey Newell will be on the last Saturday of each month unless posted otherwise on our website or Facebook:

School programs will be starting towards the end of September in Uplands Park, Anderson Hill and Trafalgar Park.  Contact Margaret for information which will also be emailed to schools soon.

Thank you for your support

Margaret Lidkea, Chair of FOUP



FOUP Invitation: Royal BC Museum Fieldtrippers: In-seine Sailfins, Shrimps and Sea Slugs!June 25, 2017 [9:30-11:30am] Willows Beach

The Friends of Uplands Park invites the community members to join researchers from the Royal BC Museum, as they conduct a morning 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. A family friendly event.

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. Friends of Uplands Park will have small nets and containers to help you collect creatures. Dress appropriately with water shoes or rubber boots. Donations to the Royal BC Museum are greatly appreciated.

June 25, 2017  9:30 to 11:30 am Willows Beach

Cattle Point Seaside Geotour – Sunday May 14, 2017

The Friends of Uplands Park has invited 3 geologists from the Geological Survey, BC Ministry of Energy and Mines, to lead a tour to help us learn how to recognize key geological clues of the ancient and not-so ancient history of Cattle Point.  Cattle Point has both fascinating bedrock features and preserved traces of ice and meltwater streams from the last glaciation.

Date:  Sunday May 14, 2017 [Mother’s Day]
Time: 2 – 4 PM
Meeting Place: Cattle Point Foreshore

New April-May-June “All Dogs Must Be On Leash” Signage for Uplands Park

Oak Bay Parks is posting new signage in Uplands Park to remind visitors of Oak Bay’s bylaw that all dogs must be on a leash in Uplands Park during the bird nesting months of April – May – June. Wylie Thomas designed the poster and features 8 birds nesting in Uplands Park at this time of the year. Uplands Park is a sensitive Garry Oak Meadow ecosystem, and, with the collaboration of the Friends of Uplands Park, restoration is ongoing to enhance and restore Uplands Park for birds as well as for native plants. Thank you to all dog walkers visiting Uplands Park for their co-operation and understanding.


Photos from “Camas, Wildflowers and Birds in Uplands Park Celebration” – Sunday, April 30, 2017

Wylie Thomas, Friends of uplands Park Steering Committee member, sends the following photos from FOUP’s Annual Uplands Park Camas Day Celebration. A sunny blustery April day with many folks joining the Bird Walk lead by Geoffrey Newell and the Camas Meadow Walks hosted by FOUP. Uplands Park was in glorious spring bloom. Thank you to all the volunteers and to Chris Hyde-Lay [of Oak Bay Parks] for all the help.


Joining the Friends of Uplands Park, this year, was the ButterflyWay Booth, with volunteers from the David Suzuki Foundation ButterflyWay initiative, sharing knowledge about local butterflies and their native host and nectar plants, and, featuring Butter-Blue, a Western Spring Azure butterfly puppet [checking out FOUP’s plant display and flying about]. Here are some additional 2017 Camas Day Celebration photos taken by Kathleen Matthews.


Celebrate Camas, Wildflowers and Birds in Uplands Park – Sunday, April 30, 2017 (Noon – 4:00pm)

The Friends of Uplands Park invites the community to celebrate the Uplands Park camas meadows and wildflowers:

  • Date: Sunday, April 30-2017
  • Time: 12 – 4 pm
  • Location: Beach Drive at Cattle Point Entrance
  • Activities: Wildflower walks through seas of blue camas. music, native plant displays & planting information, refreshments
  • And Birding too.

David Newell notes: Geoffrey’s next birding will be on  Sunday, April 30 at 1:00 PM to coincide with the Friends of Uplands Park Camas Day celebrations.  Please meet at the tents by the first parking lot at the entrance to Cattle Point. We will lead off from the tents and head directly into Uplands Park and finish at the ocean. The flowers are now in full bloom and the warbler migration is intense.  Geoffrey had two singing Nashville warblers in the park today.  They are rare visitors from the interior of the province.

Poster PDF: 2017 Poster celebrate camas & wildflowers

Uplands Park April 22-2017 Earth Day BioBlitz Featured In Oak Bay News

“Oak Bay bio-blitzed to Celebrate Earth Day: Bioblitz highlights diversity, fragility of life” by Tim Collins

Published in Oak Bay News. Full article available online
Published Online: Monday, April 17,2017. Published in Print: Wednesday, April 19, 2017. Page A3.

Article Excerpts:

In Canada, 2017 will feature 35 official bioblitz events as part of the nation’s sesquicentennial

Not to be left out, Victoria will join the movement on Earth Day, April 22 in a bioblitz to catalogue the ecosystems and adjacent habitats of Upland’s Park, Beacon Hill Park and the University of Victoria campus

.… “We’re very excited about the event. It’s so important for people to get outdoors and develop a sense of place…an understanding of where we live and all the wonders surrounding us,” said Margaret Lidkea, the Chair of Friends of Uplands Park, one of the organizations contributing to make the event possible.

…. Her organization will have volunteers at Upland’s Park to help guide volunteers through the trails and to help safeguard some of the more rare species already known to exist in the park.

…. The blitz runs for 24 hours as experts work around the clock (from 6 pm on April 21 to 6 pm on April 22) to identify as many species as possible. For the general public, the action starts at 9 a.m. and run until 1 p.m. on April 22 when they are invited to join guided tours at all three sites. The public is encouraged to make notes and take photos of the species they encounter to add to the inventory.

….. In addition consulting with to the on-site experts, participants are encouraged to use their smart phones to document the plants, insects, birds, mammals, and every living thing and upload the photos to, an organization founded at UC Berkeley to develop a living history of life on earth.

…. Dr. Valentin Schaefer, the chair of the Garry Oak Ecosystems Recovery Team (GOERT), heads up another of the partners in the bioblitz project. He said the project is critical in places like Uplands Park.

…. More information in the bioblitz is available at

All welcome for the April 22, 2017 BioBlitz in Uplands Park: A Sampling of Uplands Park BioBeauties from April 15, 2017 Photo Ramble.

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).

Photos by Kathleen Matthews