Tag Archives: Carden Challenge

The Carden Challenge: Working Together for Nature

It’s around 5:30 pm on Friday and the teams are starting to gather at the cabin. Tents are being pitched, cars parked and tally sheets distributed. It’s nearly time for the Carden Challenge to start.

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A Challenge to Support Nature

May is also the month of the Couchiching Conservancy’s annual Carden Challenge, when teams of keen amateur naturalists compete to find as many species as possible over a 24-hour period.

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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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Getting set to be challenged in Carden

On the morning of May 28th at least fifty hardy souls will emerge into the soft morning light to take part in the 12th annual Carden Challenge. The challenge part is not just getting out of bed. In the rich mosaic of natural habitats that make up the Carden limestone plain, the Challenge is finding the greatest number of birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians, butterflies and dragonflies in a 24-hour period.

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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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Carden Challenge 24-Hour Birding Marathon

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. Featuring recreational and professional team divisions. This year’s celebrity birder is long-time birder and past president of the Ontario Field Ornithologists, Jean Iron. **New This Year: Critter Search!

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