Category Archives: Birds

An Alvar Adventure with the Green Snakes on the Plain

On your mark, get set… go! The light was as green as our name and we were off to observe as many species of wildlife as possible on the Carden limestone plain. Surrounded by alvars, wetlands, woodlands, and the array of wildlife they support, you can’t help but marvel at the wonders of nature before your eyes. I invite you to ride along with team Green Snakes on the Plain as I reflect on an annual tradition, fourteen years strong, known as the Couchiching Conservancy’s Carden Challenge.

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Carden Challenge raises over $22,000!

Pink Flamingos look out at the Carden alvar

A re-cap of the Carden Challenge and Walk Wylie, events that raise crucial funds for conservation efforts of the Carden alvar.

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Notes from the Field – Spring 2018

Spring is always an exciting time for staff to get out in the field, and this year 112 citizen science volunteers get to join in the fun! We are stewarding Conservancy lands like never before.

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Volunteer to survey Whip-poor-wills this spring

This spring, by the light of the full moon, volunteers will be taking to the backroads of Oro-Medonte, Severn, Ramara, and Carden to survey for Whip-poor-will and Common nighthawk. Now recruiting!

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Have you heard any of these species?

If you have heard or observed any Whip poor will, Nighthawk, or Western chorus frogs in our region, particularly Simcoe County, we would like to know the location.

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Notes From The Field – Winter 2018

Read the Winter edition of Notes from the Field.

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Bird lessons- are we taking note?

The Orioles have long left, and we haven’t see a Hummingbird for well over a week. Obviously they have all left for good reason. 

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Birds in Hurricanes – Effects come close to home

Let’s hope hurricane season is behind us for this year.  It has been an appalling one for millions of people living in Florida, the Caribbean and U.S. along the Gulf of Mexico. 

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How birds keep cool in summer heat

During one of the very few really hot days we had this summer, a lady asked me how birds keep cool during those conditions.
They have a number of methods of beating the heat.

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Featured Bird: Cuckoos (Not Just on Clocks!)

I also was delighted by the farm houses, because in those days, most had a cuckoo clock.? I was also thrilled, with a little help, to pull the long chains which wound up the clock mechanisms. Little did I know that there was a real bird called a Cuckoo!

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