Monthly Archives: April 2013

Friends of Uplands Park Camas Day Celebration – Sunday May 5, 2013

Join us for the Friends of Uplands Park Camas Day Celebration
Celebrating 20 years of Girl Guides in Uplands Park
Sunday May 5, 2013
12:30 to 3 pm
Beach Drive at Cattle Point entrance

Camas Day Poster May 5 2013 Screen CaptureBring your family and a picnic to listen to the Bald Eagles Band, enjoy Silk Road Tea and join in the Chatham District Girl Guides’ activities:
Invasive Ivy Removal
Wildflower ramble
Under the Oaks Bingo
Active games
Leaf Printing
Face Painting
Bubbles, Sidewalk chalk, Parachute, Garry Oakley

Partnering with Oak Bay Parks & Community Association of Oak Bay
Camas Day May 5-2013 Poster  (PDF)

Blooming Fawn Lilies Nature Walk in Uplands Park – Such a wonderful way to spend a Sunday afternoon (April 28, 2013)

What can be more wonderful than a walk in Uplands Park: a Bald Eagle, Common and Great Camas in bloom along with abundant Spring Gold and Western Buttercup, a rare Yellow Violet, White Fawn Lilies, Shooting Stars, new Garry Oak leaves, the rare Water Plantain Buttercup, and even a Chocolate Lily. A wonderful turnout for our first Friends of Uplands Park Nature Walk themed “Blooming Fawn Lilies”.
BLooming Fawn Lilies - FOUP Nature Walk April 28-2013 IMG_1433

Friends of Uplands Park Nature Walk Series (Spring 2103)

Please join us this spring for our free nature walk series.

Explore Uplands Park rain or shine with volunteer naturalists from Friends of Uplands Park. Rocky paths may be wet so wear suitable shoes/boots.  No washrooms; no dogs please.

Meet at the Uplands Park sign on Beach Drive (across from the parking lot at the entrance to Cattle Point).  Free Drop-In.

Sunday April 28 1 to 3 pm Blooming Fawn Lilies P1020285
Uplands Park springs awake in March with lovely Indian Plum blossoms, Satin flowers and Fawn Lilies. Emily Carr’s Easter Lilies follow soon after and the trails in Uplands Park are delightful as puddles recede and blooms of other wildflowers appear.  The rocky outcrops are alive with green moss, and the Nootka rose and Garry oaks start to swell their buds.  Bring your camera and a smile to greet the spring.

Sunday May 12 1 to 3 pm The Sea of Camas P1020281
The Garry Oak Meadow of Uplands Park becomes a sea of blue Camas flowers that sparkles with Western buttercup.  Camas bulbs are a traditional First Nations food staple and the Camas meadows in Uplands Park are a legacy of their heritage.   Learn about the different types of Camas, the other wildflowers, the challenges of preservation and what we can do to help this endangered ecosystem.

Sunday May 26 1 to 3 pm Vernal Pools NOT Mud Puddles IMG_4839
Uplands Park “mud puddles” are actually vernal pools in the endangered Garry Oak Ecosystem. Many of the 31 rare plant species in Uplands Park are associated with wetland vernal pool ecology. Come discover these pools, learn how they are formed and discuss how you can protect them.

Sunday June 9 10:30 to 1 pm Tidal Pools and Sea Birds P1030274
Low tide at Cattle Point offers an opportunity to view a diverse ecology in tidal pools and sub tidal crevices.  Learn how to tread softly on the rocks to find anemones, crabs, and to watch the birds interact with this foreshore ecological niche.  Bring binoculars and wear water shoes/boots.

FOUP at Creatively United for the Planet April 2013

Friends of Uplands Park participated in Creatively United for the Planet on April 20-21, 2013. A windy day on Saturday posed a number of challenges, but sunshine welcomed lots of visitors to our tent. A rainy day for most of Sunday, so not so many visitors, but lots of chats with our wonderful volunteers. Thank you to all our volunteers who braved weather, carted exhibit materials, helped with the tent, painted faces, made owls and blue birds, made us laugh, and, created a lovely spirit of community.  Here are some photos:

IMG_1089IMG_1090IMG_1086IMG_1093IMG_1103IMG_1104IMG_1101IMG_1114IMG_1116IMG_1112IMG_1121IMG_1120IMG_1128IMG_1130IMG_1122KM at FOUP Creatively United April 2013

Friends of Uplands Park – Participating at Creatively United for the Planet

Please drop by our Friends of Uplands Park display and activity table at Creatively United for the Planet on Saturday and Sunday (April 20 -21, 2013)

St. Ann’s Academy
Enter off Humboldt Street.
We will be located to the left in the Orchard area… tent # O12

The displays will be open from 10:30am to about 7:30pm on Saturday and from 11am  to 6pm on Sunday.
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Hope to see you there.

Birding in Uplands Park – Sunday, April 21, 2013

Hello once again, from Geoffrey:
We hope that you can make it once again for the next outing on Sunday, April 21 at 8:00 a.m., meeting in the large parking lot out at the tip of Cattle Point in Uplands Park.  We should be seeing more and more of the summer migrating birds, both on the ocean and inland.  Below is the list of birds that we saw last time.  We post our sightings on an international bird observation website called, from which birders can make bird lists and graphs from any place in the world.  This is our contribution.  Anyone can join online.  Friendship from Geoffrey, David, Brigitte and Jean Newell


Victoria–Cattle Point, Capital, CA-BC – Mar 24, 2013
8:00 AM – 10:30 AM
Protocol: Traveling
2.0 kilometer(s)
Comments:     Cloudy, calm, warm, high tide
51 species (+1 other taxa)
Brant  1
Canada Goose  7
American Wigeon  17
Mallard  9
Harlequin Duck  11
Surf Scoter  9
Long-tailed Duck  4
Bufflehead  2
Common Goldeneye  1
Hooded Merganser  5
Common Merganser  1
Red-breasted Merganser  5
Double-crested Cormorant  3
Pelagic Cormorant  11
Great Blue Heron  1
Cooper’s Hawk  1
Bald Eagle  2
Black Oystercatcher  7
Black Turnstone  20
Surfbird  3
Mew Gull  2
California Gull  1
Thayer’s Gull  1
Glaucous-winged Gull  60
Western x Glaucous-winged Gull (hybrid)  4
Pigeon Guillemot  5
Anna’s Hummingbird  19
Downy Woodpecker  3
Northern Flicker  1
Northwestern Crow  35
Common Raven  2
Chestnut-backed Chickadee  45
Bushtit  80
Red-breasted Nuthatch  6
Brown Creeper  4
Pacific Wren  5
Bewick’s Wren  13
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  7
American Robin  25
Varied Thrush  1
European Starling  4
Spotted Towhee  22
Fox Sparrow  4
Song Sparrow  13
Lincoln’s Sparrow  1
Golden-crowned Sparrow  18
Dark-eyed Junco  6
Red-winged Blackbird  5
Purple Finch  5
House Finch  11
Red Crossbill  15
Pine Siskin  25
View this checklist online at
This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (

Heritage of Uplands Park Panel Event – A Wonderful Evening (April 16-2013)

Excerpts of email from Margaret Lidkey to the Friends Of Uplands Park “Friends”.

April 17, 2013

Congratulations Kathleen on a wonderfully organized presentation last night on the Heritage of Uplands Park. Thank you to the Oak Bay Heritage Committee for partnering with us.

I enjoyed the diverse types of presentation of the 5 experts on the panel, from scientific research to spiritual and activity-based human connections to the “biotheatrical performances” of the ecology over the last 15,000 years. The evening projected Uplands Park as an extremely important part of the long-term heritage of Oak Bay.
This definitely supports the Friends of Uplands Park call to the OB Official Community Plan to include natural areas like Uplands Park in the visioning discussions of the Advisory Panel.

Thank you to the 5 panel presenters: Marion Cumming, Darcy Mathews, Ben Clinton-Baker, Dr. Larry McCann and Dr. Richard Hebda.
Thank you to the volunteers at the welcoming table, helping with food and to those who brought food.
Thank you to Mayor Nils Jensen for his opening comments….. Thank you to the 75 people who attended and for their kind donations ….. which will be split with the Heritage Committee.

I hope this presentation helped to foster the belief that people can learn to “live IN Uplands Park and not ON Uplands Park”… and to become part of that natural community. We all need to belong.

In appreciation and gratitude,
Margaret Lidkea, Co-Chair of the Friends of Uplands Park
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