Monthly Archives: May 2013

Vernal Pools Nature Walk in Uplands Park with James Miskelly (May 26, 2013)

Biologist James Miskelly, ecologist for the DND and Board member for Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary, led a fascinating tour of the vernal pool ecosystems in Uplands Park.  Thank you James.

The rain held off and about 16 community members enjoyed the Friends of Uplands Park Nature Walk and learned about some of the 31 rare plant species in Uplands Park that are associated with wetland and vernal pool ecology.

We learned about the Graceful Cinqfoil, Toad Rush, Montia LinearisTall Wooleyheads (red listed), Tall Buttercup (wetland exotic), Bigleaf Lupin, Chocolate Lily, Winged Water-Starwort (blue listed),  Straight Beaked Buttercup, Scouler’s Popcornflower, Yellow Rattle, Mountain Sneezeweed, Water Plantain Buttercup (red listed), and Indian Consumption Plant.

Here are some photos from today’s walk.



Great Camas, Nootka Rose, Honeysuckle Blooming in Uplands Park (May 25, 2013)

IMG_2603 Byways and trails in Uplands Park are beautiful with Great Camas, Nootka Rose, Honeysuckle, and so much more. Blue-green seed pods of Common Camas fill the meadows among blooms of other species.  Birthday photo-ramble for Blake.

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Rare Water Plantain Buttercup in Uplands Park

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Images taken by Kathleen Matthews, a few days later, show the foot prints and bike tracks on the trail through these rare plants.IMG_1542


Friends of Uplands Park Nature Walk “Vernal Pools NOT Mud Puddles” (Sunday May 26 1 to 3 pm)

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. Our next Nature Walk is:
“Vernal Pools NOT Mud Puddles” (Sunday May 26 1 to 3 pm)
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.
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Next Birding with Geoffrey and Friends of Uplands Park – Sun. May 19 at 8:00 a.m.

The next birding with Geoffrey and Friends of Uplands Park is Sun. May 19 at 8:00 a.m.

We hope you enjoyed our last outing. We certainly did!
Please come with a friend! We will also look at wildflowers, inland and out at the end of Cattle Point. Here is the bird list from out last trip. Please meet us in the large parking lot out at the end of Cattle Point.

David, Brigitte, Geoffrey and Jean Newell

Monthly Word Lists for Dec 2012 – April 2013 (Bird Lists at Uplands Park-May6-2013).

These birds visited the May 5th, 2013 Camas Day event at Uplands Park. Photos, courtesy of WMatthews, who is unsure of their identity.




Nice Afternoon for “Sea of Camas” Nature Walk in Uplands Park

IMG_2111 About 18 people joined Margaret Lidkea for a vibrant Sea of Camas Nature Walk in Uplands Park, on a lovely Sunday afternoon (May 12, 2013). The Central Meadow was beautifully in bloom with Camas and even a few Shooting stars, and a White Camas (not to be confused with the Death Camas). We learned about the cultivation of the Camas Meadows by the First Nations. Also present in the Central Meadow is a growing population of Yellow Rattle, native to BC but perhaps a concern for our Uplands Park Central Meadow? Margaret shared her knowledge of the rare plants in the Central Meadow vernal pools where we saw tall woolly-heads, water-plantain buttercup, and popcornflowers. We also saw some deer prints in the wet area bordered by Mountain Sneezeweed, evidence that deer are sometimes in Uplands Park. Here are some of the photos from our Mother’s Day Nature Walk in Uplands Park.








Mothers Day “Sea of Camas” Nature Walk in Uplands Park – Sunday May 12, 1 to 3 pm

The Sea of Camas – Sunday May 12. 1 to 3 pm
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.

You are invited to join us for our new Friends of Uplands Park 2013 Nature Walks. Explore Uplands Park, rain or shine, with volunteer naturalists from Friends of Uplands Park. Rocky paths may be wet so wear suitable shoes/boots. There are 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. No need to register.

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