Category Archives: Nature Walks

Willows Beach Seine Net – June 14, 2015 9 to 11am [Hosted by Friends of Uplands Park & RBCM]

FOUP 2015 June Seine net poster copyThe Friends of Uplands Park has partnered with the Royal BC Museum for a wonderful hands-on event Sunday June 14 from 9 to 11am at the north end of Willows Beach.  This is one of the museum’s Field Tripper Series celebrating 125 years of the museum doing public programs outdoors.
The museum staff will be running a seine net over the eelgrass beds to collect creatures and then bring in the nets to shore.  Families can find creatures, put them into little containers of sea water, and have them identified by experts.  It will also be low tide so other living things can be found.  People should wear boots or water shoes.
SeaChange Marine Conservation Society has just finished a map of the eel grass off the shore of Oak Bay and will have this on display.
Friends of Uplands Park are also in the process of planning an educational Marine Kiosk at Cattle Point.   About $7000 has currently been raised but we need another $7000 donated.  There will be a display of this kiosk as well as information about the flora and fauna of the area.


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

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Tide Pools and Sea Birds “Nature Walk” a Wonderful Event

Thanks to Margaret Lidkea, for all her work in organizing and hosting the Friends of Uplands Park Tide Pools and Sea Birds “Nature Walk” at Cattle Point (June 15, 2014). With fairly good weather and very low tides, folks of all ages went out to  the exposed tide pools to identify and to learn. A lovely way to spend time on Father’s Day.

Margaret sends this email message, and some photos, to to thank participants and volunteers:

Thank you very much for your contributions to a wonderful afternoon at the Cattle Point Tidal Pools and Sea Birds event.  People (Geoffrey counted 67 at one point) were very engaged in everything so it was good to have all of you helping.

Chris [Ocean Physics Scientist]…you grounded people with your talks on tides and the ocean physics. Great to see you so animated.

Melissa and Gavin [marine biology experts from RBCM]…you were wonderful catching and teaching about the creatures …saw things I hadn’t before and it was wonderful to have a “newly named” sea star.  Enjoyed the different kinds of sculpins.

Geoffrey [birder extraordinaire]…excellent with the birds and taking people around Cattle Pt and beyond when they wanted to…your group was delighted.

Elizabeth and Kathleen [FOUP Steering Committee] …thank you for welcoming people, directing them and looking after all the equipment, the head table and ID books.

Hoping that FOUP will do this again next June.
You are all so inspiring,
Margaret Lidkea, Co-Chair of FOUP

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Tidal Pools & Sea Birds – June 15, 2014 – Hosted by Friends of Uplands Park

Tidal Pools & Sea Birds
Hosted by Friends of Uplands Park

Sunday June 15-2014 [A great Father’s Day Activity!]
10:30 AM – 1:00 [Low Tide]
Cattle Point – Uplands Park

2014 June 15 Tidal Pool posterLow tide at Cattle Point offers an opportunity to view a diverse ecology in tidal pools and sub tidal crevices. Join Gavin Hanke and Melissa Frey, curators of the RBCM, and Chris Garrett, Oceanographer and Geoffrey Newell, Expert Birder of Friends of Uplands Park to learn how to tread softly on the rocks to find anemones, crabs, fish, and to watch the birds interact with this foreshore ecological niche.

Bring binoculars and wear water shoes/boots to investigate the tide pools with nets and containers. Last year families found
53 species of plants and animals! All ages.

PDF of Poster: 2014 June 15 Tidal Pool poster

Vernal Pools Not Mud Puddles – June 1-2014. Nature Walk – Friends of Uplands Park

Vernal Pools Not Mud Puddles
Nature Walk hosted by Friends of Uplands Park
SUNDAY JUNE 1, 2014. 1 – 3 pm
Meet at the Uplands Park Sign on Beach Drive

2014 Vernal Pool posterUplands Park “mud puddles” are actually vernal pools in the endangered Garry Oak Ecosystem. Many of the 22 rare plant species in Uplands Park are associated with wetland vernal pool ecology.

Discover these pools with botanist James Miskelly, And Friends of Uplands Park Co-Chair Margaret Lidkea and learn how they are formed and discuss how you can protect them

Wear waterproof shoes or boots, bring your camera and enjoy seeing some of the smallest and rarest plants ever.

PDf of poster:  2014 Vernal Pool poster

Photos from “Blooming Fawn Lilies” Nature Walk – April 27-2014

A lovely afternoon in Uplands Park as 12 people joined Friends of Uplands Park Co-Chair Kathleen Matthews, and, Wayne Matthews, on our Spring 2014 Blooming Fawn Lilies Nature Walk. The Fawn Lilies were indeed blooming, along with Chocolate Lilies, meadows glowing with Common Camas, Great Camas, Spring Gold, Western Buttercup, and Shooting Stars,  patches of Yellow Montane Violets and Water Plantain Buttercups. The Indian Plums were peach coloured, the Saskatoon Berry shrubs in bloom, and new Garry Oak and Nootka Rose leaves emerging. Thanks to Wayne Matthews for taking photos.

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Blooming Fawn Lilies Nature Walk – Sunday April 27-2014 – Friends of Uplands Park

2014 Blooming Fawn Lilies posterREVBlooming Fawn Lilies Nature Walk   Sunday April 27 1 to 3 pm

Meet at Uplands Park Sign on Beach Drive

Join Kathleen Matthews, Co-Chair of the Friends of Uplands Park on a nature ramble. Uplands Park springs awake in March with lovely Indian Plum blossoms, Satin flowers and Fawn Lilies. Emily Carr’s Easter Lilies in the meadows and along 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.  Wear gumboots, bring your camera and a smile to greet the spring.

Here are some of the Garry Oak Meadow blooms we hope to see in Uplands Park on Sunday: [Photos by Wayne Matthews, taken on April 23, 2014

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2014 Blooming Fawn Lilies poster