Category Archives: FOUP Public Meetings

Oak Bay Urban Forest Symposium – November 3 – 2015

Margaret Lidkea sends the following announcement, and invitation, to attend the important Oak Bay Urban Forest Symposium, to be held at Windsor Park Pavilion, November 3, 2015, 7-9pm.

Dear Friends
Oak Bay Parks, Friends of Uplands Park and Habitat Acquisition Trust are hosting this important event. This is the first public meeting in Greater Victoria about the Urban Forest. Strategies will be developed by each municipality. Please arrive early for a seat. Refreshments. Donations welcome. Poster PDF:
Margaret Lidkea, Chair of FOUP

This local Oak Bay focused Urban Forest Symposium follows from the Canadian Urban Forest Conference held in Victoria Fall 2014. [2014 Conference presentations available at!cufc11-victoria-british-columbia/c7rb]

Urban Tree Symposium Poster 2015-11-03 parks_symposium_flyer
Urban Tree Symposium Poster 2015-11-03 parks_symposium_flyer

Talk by Dr. Nancy Turner – The Sacred & Healing Plants of Uplands Park – February 12, 2015.

The Friends of Uplands Park, in partnership with Oak Bay Heritage, are hosting the following event as part of the Oak Bay Heritage Lecture Series.

Title: The sacred and healing plants of Uplands Park
Dr. Nancy Turner, Ethnobotanist, Environmental Studies, UVic
Songhees Elder Sellemah [Joan Morris]
Special Guest:  Briony Penn, watercolour artist for new Uplands Park Kiosk
Date: Thursday, February 12, 2015   Time: 7:00PM
Location: Windsor Pavilion at Windsor Park, Oak Bay
Donations welcome. Refreshments will be served.  Briony’s art on display.
Poster PDF:  2015_NancyTurner_Feb12_Heritage Poster
Please circulate the PDF of this poster.

2015_NancyTurner_Feb12_Heritage Poster




Feb. 16-2014 Birding Report/Photos and Feb. 19 Marine Night with Geoffrey

Email  From Dave Newell – Two topics

  • Feb 19-2014  Marine Talk with Geoffrey Newell
  • Feb 16-2014 Bird Sightings at Uplands Park

Feb 19-2014  Marine Talk with Geoffrey Newell

Dear Friends : Next Wed. Feb. 19, the Friends of Uplands Park and Oak Bay’s Environment Advisory Committee are organizing three guest speakers who will be talking about local marine life. Two speakers will be from the Royal B.C. Museum: Melissa Frey’s talk is entitled ‘Biodiversity and Bioinvasions: how globalisation has changed our local marine communities’; Gavin Hanke’s talk is called ‘Intertidal Fish: a marginal life’. Geoffrey Newell’s show is entitled ‘Birds of the Salish Sea’. He will be showing a few of the many films and slides that he has taken over the years. Geoffrey will also show a couple of his bird drawings during the show. The talks will be followed by refreshments and an open question panel discussion.
MarinePosterLoRes Feb 19-2014 FOUP event
The venue is at the Windsor Pavillion in the middle of Windsor Park in Oak Bay, from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Each person will be speaking for about 20 minutes during the first hour. The program promises to be very interesting.
Many thanks to Chris Garrett for organizing this event!

Feb 16-2014 Bird Sightings at Uplands Park – Here are the results for our birding on Feb. 16, 2014.

Victoria–Cattle Point, Capital, CA-BC
Feb 16, 2014 7:30 AM – 10:30 AM
Protocol: Traveling
2.0 kilometer(s)
Comments: rainy, then cloudy, then some sunny periods, mid to high tide, calm ocean
45 species (+1 other taxa)
Photos courtesy of Ron Carter (people) and Wayne Matthews (birds)
birding Ron Carter photo IMG_0446 birding ron carter photo IMG_0452 birding ron carter photo IMG_0456 Bird walk Feb 16-2014 P1050691 Bird walk Feb 16-2014 P1050687 Bird walk Feb 16-2014  P1050679 Bird walk Feb 16-2014 P1050678 Bird walk Feb 16-2014 P1050674 Bird walk Feb 16-2014 P1050673
Canada Goose 17
American Wigeon 43
Mallard 5
Harlequin Duck 11
Surf Scoter 37
White-winged Scoter 2
Long-tailed Duck 30
Bufflehead 21
Common Goldeneye 34
Hooded Merganser 6
Common Merganser 6
Red-breasted Merganser 4
Brandt’s Cormorant 2
Double-crested Cormorant 16
Pelagic Cormorant 7
Sharp-shinned Hawk 1
Cooper’s Hawk 3
Bald Eagle 2
Black Oystercatcher 7
Black Turnstone 25
Surfbird 12
Pigeon Guillemot 13
Mew Gull 5
Western Gull 2
Glaucous-winged Gull 40
Western x Glaucous-winged Gull (hybrid) 6
Anna’s Hummingbird 20
Downy Woodpecker 2
Northern Flicker 5
Northwestern Crow 20
Common Raven 2
Chestnut-backed Chickadee 22
Red-breasted Nuthatch 1
Pacific Wren 9
Bewick’s Wren 7
Golden-crowned Kinglet 4
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 3
American Robin 60
Spotted Towhee 19
Fox Sparrow 11
Song Sparrow 7
White-crowned Sparrow 1
Golden-crowned Sparrow 20
Dark-eyed Junco 6
House Finch 18
Purple Finch 4

View this checklist online at

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Birding in Uplands Park – Sunday, February 16-2014

The Uplands Park Bird Walk with expert Geoffrey Newell, has been changed from the last Sunday of the month to Sunday February 16
Time: 9 am
Meeting place:  Meet at Cattle Point
Bring binoculars and dress for the weather.
Also, consider attending  panel session on our Oak Bay Marine Heritage:
Geoffrey is one of three presenters at our public meeting:
Geoffrey Newell will talk about “Birds of the Salish Sea”.
Two other presenters are marine ecology/biology experts from the RBCM.
Wednesday February 19 at 7 pm
Windsor Park Pavilion, upstairs
Donations appreciated
Sponsored by the Friends of Uplands Park and the Oak Bay Environmental Advisory Committee.

“The Marine Environment of Oak Bay” – Event sponsored by FOUP/EAC – Feb 19-2014 at Windor Park Pavillion [7:00pm]

Invitation to hear three experts talk about “The Marine Environment of Oak Bay”.
This event is sponsored by the Friends of Uplands Park and Oak Bay’s Environmental Advisory Committee

MarinePosterLoRes Feb 19-2014 FOUP eventDate: Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Time: 7:00pm
Place: Windsor Park Pavilion – Upstairs sports room. Windor Park, Oak Bay


  • Melissa Frey, RBCM on Biodiversity and Bio-invasions: how globalization has changed our local marine communities;
  • Gavin Hanke, RBCM, on Intertidal Fishes: a Marginal Life;
  • Geoffrey Newell, Friends of Uplands Park Expert on Birds of the Salish Sea

Refreshments will be served. Donations welcome.

MarinePosterLoRes Feb 19-2014 FOUP event

PDF of poster MarinePosterLoRes Feb 19-2014 FOUP event

Please feel free to circulate poster.

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
Creating opportunities for stewardship, education and inspiration


Uplands Park Display at Oak Bay Public Library for month of April 2013

A beautiful display, featuring Uplands Park, is in the display cabinet at the entrance to the Oak Bay Public Library, for the month of April.

Oak Bay Heritage always does a display to feature each of their speaker events and because the upcoming April 16th Heritage of Uplands Park panel session is a joint Friends of Uplands Park and Oak Bay Heritage event, this month’s display features Uplands Park.

Margaret Lidkea (Friends of Uplands Park) and Marion Cumming (Oak Bay Heritage) have done a beautiful job setting up the display. Thanks to both of them for contributing books and artifacts and posters and their creative magic. Thanks also to Louise Goulet for providing live Garrow Oak Meadow plants that add so much to the enchantment of the display. Thanks also to Kathleen Matthews for her photos and maps.

Here is a photo of the display. Try and stop by, when the Oak Bay Public Library is open, and see the real thing. Attached is also the poster for the April 16th Heritage of Uplands Park event.

Uplands Park Library Display April 13-2013 IMG_1060

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