Monthly Archives: March 2012

Friends of Uplands Park Steering Committee Meeting – April 3, 2012

TUESDAY, April 3, 7:15 to 9 pm
Contact for address of meeting.
Margaret Lidkea mledkea at mlidkea @
Kathleen Matthews kathleenmatt @

Draft Agenda

  1. Welcome & Introductions
  2. 2011 Annual Report
  3. 2011-2012 Treasurer’s Report
  4. 2012-2013 Budget
  5. Update: FOUP Membership
  6. Update: FOUP Website
  7. 2012 Events & Activities – To Date
  8. 2012 Events & Activities – Forthcoming
  9. Invasive Removal & Stewardship – Initiatives
  10. Uplands Park Sign Project(s)
  11. 2012 Earth Day Celebration Planning  – for Sunday April 22, 2012
  12. Planning Ahead & Possible New Initiatives for Fall 2012

Uplands Park Birding Group Photos – March 25th, 2012

Thanks to Ralph Archibald for leading our Friends of Uplands Park bird walk in Uplands Park 7:30AM this morning. Such a beautiful sunny experience. Over 2 dozen birds were sighted (& some new flowers).  The beautiful Towhee, and Shooting Stars, are Wayne’s photos. My snaps show Mallards enjoying the Central Meadow wetland, and, if you look closely, a Nuthatch tapping out a nest high in a dead limb of an Oak Tree. Ralph may send a checklist of birds sighted.

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Birding in Uplands Park – Sunday, March 25, 2012

On Sunday March 25th, Ralph Archibald, on behalf of the Friends of Uplands Park, will be leading a bird walk through Uplands Park, starting at Cattle Point. Meet at the Uplands Park Information Kiosks, across from the Cattle Point boat launch, at 7:30 AM. Bring bird books, binoculars, or checklists, or just arrive and enjoy the walk and the company.  The walk will happen rain or shine. Contact Margaret Lidkea at 250-595-8084 for more information. See Uplands Park map at, courtesy of Oak Bay Parks.

In Bloom: Spring Gold, Satin Flowers, Indian Plum, a Single Buttercup & other Spring Awakenings – Sunday March 18, 2012

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Celebrate Earth Day in Oak Bay @ Uplands Park – April 22, 2012

Download PDF of Friends of Uplands Park April 22-2012 Earth Day Poster

FOUP Submits a 2011 Annual Report To Oak Bay Council

On March 12, 2012, Margaret Lidkea and Kathleen Matthews, Co-chairs of the Friends of Upland Park, attended the Oak Bay Council Meeting and submitted a 2011 Annual Report, on behalf of The Friends of Uplands Park, in support of our annual application for funding support.  A copy of the “2011 Friends of Uplands Park Annual Report ” can be read by opening the following link:  Friends of Uplands Park – 2011 Annual Report (PDF)

Spring Arrives in Uplands Park – Ushered in by Indian Plum

Indian Plum is the first to bloom in Uplands Park in the very early spring, and starts it’s blooming, often as early as February. Here are some Uplands Park photos of Indian Plum blossoms photographed in early March, way back in 2007.