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Uplands Park Nature Walk Highlights Vernal Pool Ecosystems – June 1, 2014

A lovely sunny day for a Friends Of Uplands Park Nature Walk  on June 1, 2014. The theme was “Vernal Pools Not Mud Puddles” and we were fortunate to be led by James Miskelly, a biologist specializing in species at risk management, restoration, and native plant gardening. Also, James is co-founder of Saanich Native Plants, a certified organic nursery specializing in locallysourced plants native to southern Vancouver Island.

James offered a wealth of knowledge about the rare plants found in the vernal pools in Uplands Park, as well introducing us to a number of native and non-native trees and grasses.

In the vernal pool ecosystems and wetland areas we learned about Straight-beaked Buttercup, Scoulers Popcorn Flower, Sneezeweed, Tall Wooley-Heads, Lupins, Scoulers Willow, and some native rushes.

There were even a few late blooming Camas and the meadows had quite a few Death Camas and yellow RattleBox in bloom. The Nootka Roses and Hardhack were beautifully in bloom and the Indian Plum berries were in various stages of ripening from peach to dark blue.

It was shocking to see how tall the invasive European Ash trees have grown with their branches towering bright green above the prickly rose thickets where they seem to like to grow.


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“Ivy Off the Oaks” Invasive Removal Happening @ Uplands Park on March 29-2014

Invitation:  The Friends of Uplands Park invites you to our 2nd “Ivy Off the Oaks” Invasive Removal Happening.ivy Pull Poster March 29-2014 Screen shot 2014-02-27 at 9.57.14 AM

Place: Uplands Park – Meet at the Entrance to Cattle Point, Oak Bay
Date: Saturday March 29-2014
Time: 10am – 1pm

Bring your friends, family, clippers, loppers, and hand-saws to Uplands Park, to help participate in an invasive ivy removal event in the heart of one of Canada’s most endangered ecosystems!  No experience required!  Training and tools will be provided for all those in need. Laughter, snacks and refreshments too. “Ivy Off the Oaks” Poster – PDF

Contact Kevin Webber, Friends of Uplands Park Steering Committee Member, at 250-857-7058,

Friends of Uplands Park event, in proud partnership with Oak Bay Parks

[Originally posted on February 27-2014. Re-posted, to remind folks, on March 25, 2014]

Invitation: Friends of Uplands Park Ivy Removal – November 30-2013

In proud partnership with Oak Bay Park, the Friends of Uplands Park Invite You to Participate in a Rare Garry Oak Ecosystem Restoration Event!

DATE: Saturday, November 30-2013. 10:00AM – 1:00PM.

PLACE: Meet at the Northwest park entrance down the Midland Road cul-de-sac. See Map on attached jpeg and PDF.

ACTIVITY: Bring your friends, family, clippers, loppers, and hand-saws to Uplands Park, Saturday November 30th, 10am-1pm to help participate in an invasive ivy removal event in the heart of one of Canada’s most endangered ecosystems! No experience required! Training and tools will be provided for all those in need.

CONTACT:  Kevin Webber at 250-857-7058,, or visit for more details!

POSTER PDF:  FOUP Ivy Poster_November30-2013

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Vernal Pools Nature Walk in Uplands Park with James Miskelly (May 26, 2013)

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 LinearisTall 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.



Friends of Uplands Park Nature Walk “Vernal Pools NOT Mud Puddles” (Sunday May 26 1 to 3 pm)

Please join us this spring for our free nature walk series. Explore Uplands Park rain or shine with volunteer naturalists from Friends of Uplands Park. Rocky paths may be wet so wear suitable shoes/boots.  No 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. Our next Nature Walk is:
“Vernal Pools NOT Mud Puddles” (Sunday May 26 1 to 3 pm)
Uplands Park “mud puddles” are actually vernal pools in the endangered Garry Oak Ecosystem. Many of the 31 rare plant species in Uplands Park are associated with wetland vernal pool ecology. Come discover these pools, learn how they are formed and discuss how you can protect them.
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FOUP at Creatively United for the Planet April 2013

Friends of Uplands Park participated in Creatively United for the Planet on April 20-21, 2013. A windy day on Saturday posed a number of challenges, but sunshine welcomed lots of visitors to our tent. A rainy day for most of Sunday, so not so many visitors, but lots of chats with our wonderful volunteers. Thank you to all our volunteers who braved weather, carted exhibit materials, helped with the tent, painted faces, made owls and blue birds, made us laugh, and, created a lovely spirit of community.  Here are some photos:

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FOUP website – 2012 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 6,600 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 11 years to get that many views.

Click here to see the complete report.