Monthly Archives: July 2015

Turkey Vultures: “The Clean-up Crew”

Turkey Vulture photo by David A. Homer

Turkey vultures have not been our summer visitors for many years. Learn about this unique bird, behaviour and more in this Bird Watching article.


Update on the Grant’s Woods office renovation

Completed Workshop

After many months of planning and anticipation, finally the renovations of the offices at Grant’s Woods are underway. The starting date was delayed awaiting the building permit which we had expected to receive in early June.

This renovation is made possible from a grant from Ontario Trillium Foundation and a legacy gift from Bill Grant.


The tree name game – Blue Beech

Blue Beech

Common names for plants can be an easy way to identify them; mention trillium, and a familiar image quickly comes to mind. But sometimes the common name, or names, we give flora can create all kinds of confusion.


Get your passport to a hiking and biking adventure

John Challis - bike rally

Washago area residents have an opportunity to follow John Challis, his partner Gayle Carlyle, and avid cyclist Bob Omerod as they lead the next event in The Couchiching Conservancy’s Passport to Nature series.


Protecting a Species at Risk on the Carden Alvar

Bobolink Chicks

The Couchiching Conservancy, along with partners such as Earth Rangers, have been tackling threats which endanger Bobolinks. One of the greatest threats relevant to Carden is loss of critical grassland habitat. As southern Ontario becomes intensely developed, prime Bobolink habitat is at risk. Ecosystems within the Carden Alvar remain as a sanctuary where conservation efforts can be focused in order to preserve this critical bobolink habitat.


UPDATE: Explore Roehl Wetland on July 12

Black River paddlers

Roehl Wetland was donated to the Conservancy in 2005 by Dave and Bill Darker in memory of their grandparents. Straddling the mouth of Deadman’s Creek on the west side of Sparrow Lake, the Reserve contains both a series of marshy ponds maintained by beaver, and the adjacent dry granite barrens. So at that level, we will be able to see the way its vegetation changes along the wetland edge.