Love is in the air!

  Our friends at Watch For Wildlife (W4W) have a reminder for all of us now that it's that time of year again. "That time of year" means rutting time when bucks are looking for romance. Mating season can cause deer to be bolder and less apprehensive of people. And...

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Research Project Update

We presented and update on our research to Oak Bay Council on Monday night. If you'd like to know how things are progressing, please watch the recording available from the District of Oak Bay website. Our presentation is the 5th item on the agenda, starting at...

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Father’s Day Garden Party Tour

Join us on Sunday, June 17 for a Father’s Day Garden Party Tour. All proceeds from the event will support the BC SPCA’s Wild ARC and the Urban Wildlife Stewardship Society (UWSS) for local wildlife care, wildlife research and veterinary services. WHAT’S INCLUDED:...

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Deer oh Deer

When you think of deer within a city, do you think of the sweet little Bambi out for a walk in the corner park with his mom? Or do you think about a terrifying, aggressive stag with red eyes of fury? In the lovely municipality of Oak Bay, I am taking part in a study...

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Update on Deer Tagging Project

Our research team collared 4 does already in Oak Bay this week, we’re proud of how efficient our team of scientists are at getting collars on the deer within a very short time! The does are sedated and assessed through a brief physical exam. They are then fitted with...

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Next Phase of Deer Management Plan Starting

Good News! The Urban Wildlife Stewardship Society will begin the next phase of an urban deer management plan to capture and GPS collar 20 does in the District of Oak Bay over the end of February and into early March, weather dependent. The collars will allow the does...

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Safe Deer Interactions in the Fall

IT’S THAT TIME OF YEAR… …when it’s getting dark earlier, raining often and visibility is poor. When driving it can be harder to see deer (and people) crossing the road. As well, late October and November is the “rutting season,” when bucks can move suddenly and...

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Deer-Resistant Gardens

Read how Oak Bay home owners turned their property into a Garry Oak meadow – “Good for the environment and the local ecosystem.” House Beautiful: At home in a restored Garry oak meadow A “natural” garden works well to not only help balance the ecosystem and give back...

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Presentation to Victoria Council

The UWSS presented to Victoria Council on July 27, as a follow up to a wide ranging staff report on urban deer management provided to Council. To see the informative PowerPoint and listen to the presentation, click...

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Avoiding Close Encounters of the Road Kind

One of the enduring joys for those of us lucky enough to live in the Greater Victoria area is the abundance of green space and wildlife in our community, whether birds, deer or other creatures. But being surrounded by nature requires a different level of awareness...

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