Tag Archives: Carden Challenge

Calling All Citizen Scientists…

The Couchiching Conservancy has a goal to effectively monitor and care for the thousands of acres we protect in this region, and as we settle into the 21st century, that order has been supersized.
Partly we are victims of our own blessed success in acquiring new habitats, thanks to all of you. But the odds are also ratcheting up against biodiversity in our region, due to daunting factors such as climate change and the development of unprotected lands.

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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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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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