Monthly Archives: March 2015

Businesses make a difference in our community

Grant's Woods in the winter

Like many other non-profits, The Couchiching Conservancy relies on monetary and in-kind gifts from local businesses to assist with the cost of running events, our stewardship activities, acquiring land and more. This article is for them – those businesses that make the conscious decision to support conservation efforts and we thank them for that.


Duck, Duck, Goose… More than just a party game!

The Wolst family

After observing birds at the feeders at Grants’ Woods while on afternoon walks and hand-feeding Chickadees at the Wye Marsh, we wondered if we might be able to encourage these feathered creatures to visit our own yard.


What’s that smell? The Carden Alvar Nature Festival

At teh 2014 Carden Nature Festival

Voices of the Dead is among more than 30 events scheduled during the festival. Activities range from canoe trips to cycling tours, wilderness hikes and boat cruises, all focused on the natural wonders offered by the Carden Alvar, a globally rare ecosystem in our own back yard.


Saving Our Precious Natural Spaces

Snowshoeing at the Agnew Nature Reserve

Washago is lucky to have two large nature reserves owned by The Couchiching Conservancy in the vicinity. A second spot on the south side of the Trent-Severn Waterway gives residents another oasis: the Thomas C. Agnew Nature Reserve. Again, when you set foot on this property, you’re touching not only a lovely landscape, but a big idea.


A local conservation hero: Ken Thomson

boardwalk construction

Ken was a founding member and an early president of the organization. He has worked tirelessly for the conservancy as a volunteer since it began in 1993. If you have walked over a bridge on one of our properties, or taken a moment to look at a sign, you’ve experienced some of his work first-hand.


Taking Care of our Land: Spring/Summer 2015

Finescale Dace from McGee Creek electrofishing

We help to protect thousands of acres of land across the region. All of this land requires on-going care, much of which is done by our group of wonderful volunteers.

Read about our Stewardship Activities in the Notes from the Field.


Setting Our Sights on Ramara Township

Ramara Community Event

Ramara is rich in both wetlands and farmlands; two land features the Couchiching Conservancy has placed a priority on preserving. The farmlands of Ramara provide an important niche for provincial species at risk–grassland birds such as Bobolink, Meadowlark, and Barn Swallow. The wetlands are some of the most productive habitat in our region.


Into the minds of birds and birders

Bird in Costa Rica by David A. Homer

It is estimated there are over 50 million people in North America alone who consider themselves bird watchers! This group is made up of casual bird watchers–people who may know a few local species, to the professional birder who make serious study of birds and their behaviour.


Balsam fir; Not just a tree for the festive season

Balsam Fir

Forested areas in our region contain a wide variety of majestic deciduous and coniferous trees. As you travel further north in Simcoe County, the forest type shifts as you get closer to the Canadian Shield. You will begin to notice that there are more conifer trees, especially the common, yet important, balsam fir.