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Uplands Park Ivy & Broom Bash – October 17 & 18, 2015 [Friends of Uplands Park]

The Friends of Uplands Park and the Greater Victoria Green Team are collaborating in hosting the Annual Uplands Park Ivy & Broom Bash weekend event.

Saturday, October 17, 2015 [1:00-4:00pm]
Sunday, October 18, 2015 [1:00-4:00pm]

This is a family friendly “rain or shine” work party event. Tools (loppers & pruners) and gloves will be provided, but please bring your own tools and gloves if you have them. The goal is to continue with the removal of Scotch Broom, Ivy, Daphne and European Ash. Refreshments will be on hand, but it is a good idea to bring your water bottle.

Meet at the Beach Drive entrance to Cattle Point to sign in and to be given a work area.

Thanks in advance for your participation in this important work.

2015 Ivy I& Broom Bash poster

Uplands Park Birding with Geoffrey – Saturday May 23, 2015

David Newell sends the following announcement:

On Saturday, May 23, join Geoffrey 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 Willows 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.  Many thanks go to the numerous people who, over      the years, have put in so many good efforts to remove the invasive species that compete with them.

There will be no walk on Saturday, May 30 as Geoffrey and Jean will be refereeing at the Provincial Karate Tournament in Vancouver.

Birding & Spring Gold – Uplands Park – February 28-2015

Lovely day for birders today, at Uplands Park. Wayne Matthews spotted his first Spring Gold. Thanks to Dave Newell for leading the bird walk today. Here are some of Wayne’s photos.

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Spring Gold and Birds - Uplands Park 2015-02-28

Photos from Birding in Uplands Park – January 24-2015

About 20 people joined Geoffrey for the 9:00AM bird walk in Uplands Park On Saturday January 24, 2015.  This time the group walked all the way from Cattle Point to Midland. Somewhat muddy, apparently.  Here are some photos taken by Wayne Matthews.

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2014 Foup Website In Review – Happy New Year to all Friends of Uplands Park.

The stats helper “monkeys” prepared a 2014 annual report for this Friends of Uplands Park website/blog. Wishing a Happy New Year to all Friends of Uplands Park.

Here’s an excerpt:

This blog was viewed about 6,000 times in 2014.

Click here to see the complete report.

Happy New Year to all Friends of Uplands Park.

Oak Bay Tree Appreciation Day 2014 @ Uplands Park – Some Photos

Oak Bay Tree Appreciation Day – Nov 2-2014, Uplands Park
Here are some photos celebrating community members planting Garry Oak Trees and Camas Bulbs at the 2o14 Oak Bay Tree Appreciation Day, held at Uplands Park, Nov 2-2014. Also, a few photos of people engaging with the new Uplands Park Kiosk. The annual Oak Bay Tree Appreciation Day is organized and hosted by the Oak Bay Parks Department. Friends of Uplands Park members are active participants.

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Photos from the cameras of Britt Swoveland, Wayne Matthews, and Kathleen Matthews

Uplands Park Photo Ramble – July 6-2014

Uplands Park so very dry but still the most beautiful walk in Oak Bay! Grasses as tall as an elephant’s eye. Mountain Sneezeweed is just starting to bloom. Hardhack is beautiful pink and fuzzy. Indian Plum fruits are starting to shivel and leaves are yellowing from drought. Camas seeds are shiny black in their pods and seedpods of Shooting Stars are a lovely pastel orange. Oak trees are sprouting new bright green leaves to replace those devoured by caterpillars and small acorns are starting to emerge. Onion rampant in some of the meadows and it is the time for seeds. 

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