Monthly Archives: April 2015

Camas Day in Uplands Park with Native Plant Garden Tour – Sunday May 3, 2015.

Please join the Friends of Uplands Park as we celebrate our 5th Annual Camas Day Celebration in Uplands Park on Sunday May 3, 2015 from 10:00AM – 4:00PM. The Camas Meadows are in bloom, along with many Garry Oak Meadow plants.

Tours of Uplands Park, one of the venues on the Native Plant Garden Tour, organized by the Habitat Acquisition Trust [HAT], start at 10:15AM and will run every 45 minutes, or so. [View Native_Garden_Tour_Guide_2015]

The “official opening” of our Uplands Park Camas Day Celebration happens at 1:00PM. Bring a picnic, and a blanket to sit on, and enjoy live music by Ron Carter’s Bald Eagles Band. Rain or shine, we will be there with Silk Road Tea, displays of native plants for your garden, bubbles, juggling, and a wild flower colouring station for children. [View 2015 Camas Day & Tour poster]

2015 Camas Day & Tour poster


Friends of Uplands Park hosts “RBCM Botanical Walk” – April 26-2015 [1-3pm]

RBCM Botanical Walk – Sunday April 25, 2015. 1 – 3PM

Celebrate 125 years of the First Nature Walks led by Royal BC Museum staff, partnering with the Friends of Uplands Park. The first of the RBCM Field Trippers series, it will be guided by Botany Collections Manager, Dr. Erica Wheeler, Curator of Botany, Dr. Ken Marr, Curator of Botany and Earth History, Dr. Richard Hebda and James Miskelly.  Free. Meet at the Beach Drive entrance sign.
PDF of Poster: 2015 Apr 26 poster RBCM Botanical Walk

RBCM Botanical Walk jpeg from Britt 10995494_10205666946447083_8960830610055063983_n

Friends of Uplands Park Bird Walk – Saturday April 25, 2015 . 9:00AM

David Newell sends the following news about forthcoming “Bird Walks”:

#1    Join Geoffrey Newell next Saturday, April. 25, for an exciting spring migration Friends of Uplands Park Bird Walk.  Please meet at 9:00 a.m. in the large parking lot out at the end of Cattle Point.  Uplands Park is at the north end of Willlows Beach in Oak Bay.  After observing sea and shore birds, we will head inland into the park to listen to and search for the many song birds in this fabulous Garry Oak Meadow Community.  To top it off, several of the  22 species of endangered species of plants are now in full bloom.

Wayne's Hawk - April 21-2015 P1080057

Wayne’s Hawk Photo – April 21-2015

Other Birding Events:

#2 On Saturday, May 2, from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., Geoffrey will be leading a bird walk for the CRD (Capital Regional District) out at
Witty’s Lagoon, in Metchosin.  On this walk, you will observe at least 60 species of birds, including several species of migrating shorebirds and songbirds,  Meet at the Nature House at 9:00 a,m. on Metchosin
Road.  Please note: we will be walking down, then up a fairly steep and long path to the beach.  The path is, however, well-maintained..

#3  On Saturday, May 9, from 9:00 a.m. to 1 p.m., Geoffrey will be participating in International Migratory Bird Day at the south end of Beaver Lake Park.   If you would like to learn about the many
associations involved in the concern for birds in the Victoria area, there will be several tented displays sure to attract those who have a keen interest in birds.  The day is presented by the CRD Regional
Parks, the Victoria Natural History Society, and the Rocky Point Bird Observatory.  Join in the guided bird walks and the mist-netting, hummingbird and passerine bird banding demonstrations.   There will
also be crafts and games for younger children. This annual event is always very motivating and for which one will come to look forward to.

Geoffrey will be leading two hour-long bird walks in the morning, the first one being at 9:15  a.m. and a second one at 10:30 a.m. For the rest of the day, Geoffrey will be attendiing the CRD Regional Parks
booth.  Please drop by this booth.  There are some very interesting bird displays and games to test your knowledge of birds and bird