Monthly Archives: May 2014

Unique workshops make the Festival fresh, new and wild

There are many new workshops added to this year’s Carden Nature Festival. Topics range from insects to botany and reptiles to geocaching (and everything in between). There is so much to learn about on the Carden alvar and the Festival is a great opportunity to join local leaders in an exploration of the area.


Corn Roast in the Woods – Thanks everyone!

Corn Roast in the Woods

The weather was frightful, but the Corn Roast in the Woods was still delightful! Our thanks to everyone to came out to support us.


Photography on the Carden Alvar

Photo of Eastern Bluebird by Arni Stinnissen

Canada’s Important Bird Areas Program is a science-based initiative to identify, conserve, and monitor a network of sites that provide essential habitat for Canada’s bird populations. The Carden Plain is one of those areas recognized for a variety of reasons including the large areas of grassland and alvar. These areas attract specific types of birds and the Carden area provides plenty of photographic opportunity for the nature photographer.


Special Seminar: Life Insurance

Trillium in Copeland Forest

We are hosting a special information seminar regarding Life Insurance. It will help you understand how to use insurance policies as an effective tool to maximize the value of a planned gift


Bird Watching: Eastern Meadowlark

Photo of Eastern Meadowlark by Arni Stinnissen

Eastern Meadowlarks have declined in numbers recently and are now sadly on the endangered species list in Ontario. Much of the grasslands required for their habitat have disappeared due to development and changing agricultural practices. Fortunately there are still Eastern Meadowlarks in our region and this is the best time of year to spot them.


Intact Foundation funds water research project for Lake Simcoe

Intact Cheque Presentation. Pictured here are Francois Tisi, Dorthea Hangaard, Chris Read and Mark Bisset.

A local business has played a key role in launching a water quality research project that could help improve the health of Lake Simcoe. Staff at McLean and Dickey Insurance Brokers helped connect The Couchiching Conservancy and Lakehead University with Intact Foundation and the insurance company has agreed to support a water monitoring project that may help guide future decisions in the struggle to clean up Lake Simcoe.


What will our area look like in 100 years?

Old Aerial View Grant's Woods

Planning for the future is a task that many people, businesses and non-profits do in order to determine potential needs and schedules. But what about planning our landscapes? Where does planning our environmental fit in?


Notes from the Field Spring/Summer 2014

Group photo at Lakehead University

Notes From the Field is a special spring and summer feature which will give you a glimpse into the work Conservancy staff and volunteers undertake on our properties, easements, and with private landowners in the Couchiching Region.


My birding journey – from beginner to bona fide birder

Tanya Clark Birding

Read about our Development Coordinator’s birding journey and how my love of birds has grown.


Update: Bluebird Ranch Grassland Enhancement

The group of volunteers at Bluebird Ranch

The last newsletter contained an article about the grassland habitat enhancement project we are undertaking in Bluebird Ranch. This property is on the Carden Plain and is home to rare and endangered species such as bobolink, eastern meadowlark and barn swallow.