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Carden Challenge 24-Hour Birding Marathon

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Team "Pedalling for Nature" will be there

May 25th & 26th, 6 pm to 6 pm:  Participate in the birding challenge of a lifetime, or sponsor one of our teams.  Teams of 4 traverse the Carden Alvar for 24 hours in search of the most bird species. 

Records fell like rain during  the 2011 Carden Challenge and we’re hoping for a repeat on May 25-26 during the seventh annual event.

Team Ammodramus smashed through earlier records last May, spotting 135 species during the 24-hour bird-a-thon centred on the Carden Plain. The team of Christopher Escott, Sandy Dobbyn, Burke Korol and Michael Runtz surpassed the previous high of 126 species in the competitive category. Rumour has it they didn’t sleep. Those in the recreational category tend to be more nap-oriented.

A record 11 teams took to the field, raising more than $22,000 for Carden conservation – two more records for the event.

The bar is set high for the 2012 event, which will feature celebrity birder Jean Iron, former President of Ontario Field Ornithologists. Whether you’re an expert birder or a novice, don’t miss this opportunity to be immersed in one of the best birding spots in Ontario. For the full details of this year’s event, click on 2012 Carden Challenge.