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Bluebird Ranch

Photo of a male and female Bobolink on Bluebird Ranch

This 206 acre (83 ha) property is owned by The Couchiching Conservancy, linking directly to Windmill Ranch thus creating a large area of protected land. Bluebird Ranch is located in Carden Township at the south end of Wylie Road and extends westward along County Road #6 to Juniper Lane.

The grassland area of the property provides excellent habitat for species at risk birds such as eastern meadowlarks, bobolinks and barn swallows. A portion of the property contains critical habitat for loggerhead shrike. Another endangered species, Henslow’s sparrow, has been seen on the property in the past.

Cattle grazing is active on the property, managed to create optimal grass heights for bobolinks and other target grassland species. In some areas, clumps of cedar have been removed to restore the integrity of large patches of grassland.

Due to the presence of cattle, public access onto this property is prohibited. Bird viewing is done along Wylie Road.

Location

From Orillia, follow Hwy 12 south through Atherley, turn left onto Simcoe County Road 46. Follow past Lake Dalrymple; the same road becomes City of Kawartha Lakes Road 6 (Kirkfield Road). Make a left at McNamee Road and another immediate left onto Wylie Road, looking for the Bluebird Ranch sign to your left.

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