Tag Archives: alvar

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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Carden Challenge: May 26-27, 2017

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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Carden Challenge Raises Over $23,000

Nearly 50 local birdwatchers topped off the busy month of May by participating in the 12th annual Carden Challenge, an event that combines skills, tenacity, and friendly competition for a good cause. The combined efforts of eleven participating teams raised over $23,000 in pledges and donations for the Carden Alvar programs of the Couchiching Conservancy.

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EVENTS: Carden Challenge & Walk Wylie

Carden Challenge & Walk Wylie are your chance to explore a globally rare eco-system! Raise funds to support our conservation efforts, get a team together and have fun.

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Volunteer Teams Care for Carden

The Couchiching Conservancy’s mission is to protect nature for future generations – a big statement that encompasses all of the work that they do today. Once a property is acquired (though a straight purchase, easement or partnership), they work to protect it with a number of volunteer property teams that conduct stewardship walks at least four times a year. These walks act as an important way to keep records, species seen and any issues that arise like dumping. It’s like keeping a pulse on the property and checking that it’s healthy and thriving. So what exactly happens on a Stewardship walk? Read this article to follow along on a Stewardship walk of Wolf Run Alvar.

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Prescribed Burn experiment at Carden Alvar

After over 6 years of planning, the experimental prescribed burn on Cameron Ranch, Carden, finally took place on April 13th. Fire is thought to be a part of the natural process of alvars, and has definitely been a part of the history in Carden with fires recorded in 1946 and 1881. These large fires, however, were not planned and had major impacts on the community at that time.

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