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 Linearis, Tall 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.
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.
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.