Tag Archives: alvar

Supporter Spotlight: Harry Hall

Harry Hall has spent his life exploring the world as a physician and nature enthusiast. Read on to learn about Harry and why protecting the alvar matters to him.

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Invasive Plant Monitoring in Carden… It’s Working!

Many eyes allow for the coverage of a lot of ground. And when that ground is about 4,000 acres in size, the more eyes the better! Such is the invasive plants program that occurs on the Carden Plain, especially within the boundaries of Carden Alvar Provincial Park.

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Notes From the Field – Fall 2017

Notes from volunteers and staff about our field observations, research, maintenance, and adventures stewarding Couchiching Conservancy properties.

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Expedition Alvar: The 2017 Carden Challenge

Just imagine the opportunity to embark on an environmental expedition that immerses you in the depths of wilderness, where you get to learn, explore, and engage with nature alongside like-minded people. A whirlwind “safari,” if you will, for 24 hours observing species at risk, breathing in fresh air, and taking immediate conservation action all while having fun.

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Over 150 species counted during Carden Challenge

All together the eleven teams counted over 200 species – birds, butterflies, mammals and more. With their efforts, and your kindness, $19,200 has been raised to date, with more funds coming in daily to support our conservation efforts of the Carden Alvar!

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It’s Event Season! Join the Passport, Challenge & Walk

Birding, Walking, Biodiversity and Wilderness. Take part in some of the great upcoming events to connect with nature in our neighbourhood!

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Follow along – Carden Challenge starts Friday!

Mark your calendar! Get your birding ear back in tune – Grab your binos and butterfly nets…the Carden Challenge is upon us!

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All You Need is an Hour on the Alvar

It was October 1st, 2016, with one whole hour to spare before heading back to the campground just west of Carden, Ontario. I wondered where I should head out for a hike. Given the vastness of the near-by Carden Alvar landscape in terms of natural and recreational resources, I thought I would make a decision on-the-fly as to where to explore.

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Birding on the alvar: Wilson’s Snipe

One of the more interesting birds in our region is the Wilson’s Snipe. Classified as a Shorebird, this species inhabits flooded grasslands, bogs and marshes. They are frequently seen, as this one in the accompanying picture, standing on a fence post scanning the surrounding area and uttering a very loud and weird “tuck-a-tuck-a-tuck-a-tuck” call!

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Property Stewardship: The Long Walk In

Follow along with Volunteer Property Team Leader, Tom Wilson, as he recalls the ‘long walk in’ at Wolf Run Alvar.

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