Exhibition of Finalists

Join us for the Exhibition Opening of our Photo Contest finalists! Enjoy a hot mug of apple cider and peruse the three categories: Wildlife, Natural Landscapes & Gardens of Victoria. When? Oct 5 from 1-4pm Where? 1442 Monterey Ave Can't make it? The photos will be...

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More Fancy Jewelry

The teams in the orange vests that you’ve been seeing out in the early hours of the morning have now successfully immuno-contracepted (IC) 51 deer, in less than three weeks!  We have been finding the deer exactly where the preliminary report  said we...

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If you see IC

If you’re out and about in the early hours of the morning in Oak Bay these days, you may spy a cluster of orange vests hard at work. It’s a significant moment for Oak Bay and the UWSS, as once again we’re out in the field - this time to administer an...

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Why do we fundraise?

If you’ve seen the poster for our photo contest and you’re wondering why this small, non-profit organization fundraises, well...  Although a portion of the UWSS’s research in Oak Bay and Esquimalt is funded by the province and/or the district, much of our work is...

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The Importance of Wildlife Corridors

Yes, the UWSS may be currently focused on urban deer, but we are the Urban Wildlife stewardship society and care about all creatures.   This philosophy is personified by our very own lead scientist Dr. Jason Fisher, who was...

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UWSS awarded community donation

At the annual conference of the Association of Vancouver Island and Coastal Communities, elected officials from communities within the FortisBC service area were invited to enter a draw for a donation of $1,500 from Fortis BC, to be made to a non-profit group....

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We need your yards!

Starting in late summer 2019, we're going to start administering immunocontraceptive (IC) to female deer in Oak Bay. To ensure that we can reach and treat as many deer as possible, we need access to yards—both front and back. If deer frequent your yard and are willing...

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One deer, two deer, three deer…more?

First Oak Bay Preliminary Progress Report It’s been awhile since we last posted – it’s been busy! Since January, our Project Manager, Sandra Frey, along with data analyst Joanna Burger, and our lead scientist Dr. Jason Fisher, finalized a Preliminary Progress Report...

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Not all permits are the same

We share this land not only with native wildlife but also with the Indigenous peoples that reside here. But more than this, the deer around Kimberly, BC don’t belong to the people living in Kimberly, BC. Nor do the deer living in Oak Bay belong to the people of Oak...

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The buck stops here

Your municipal government usually has some budgetary expenses related to urban wildlife management. So why not just get rid of the need for this repeated cost by eradicating deer from within municipal boundaries? Well, it’s not that simple. The BC Provincial...

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The imagery of deer at Christmastime

The imagery of deer is a positive and inspiring across cultures and religions, across our human history. For a detailed look at the history of the symbolism of deer, you can watch this lovely video on the subject. https://vimeo.com/243566568 We wish you all a very...

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Love them or hate them

The issue of urban wildlife management, as in the case of urban deer in Oak Bay, is an extremely divisive issue. Some residents are quite vocal in their desire to have all deer eradicated from within the municipalities that were built within the deer’s native habitat....

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