Tag Archives: Carden

Feature Bird: Eastern Towhees

After a minute or so listening and watching, the noise stopped and from out of the undergrowth, a male Eastern Towhee flew up to the rail fence, tipped his head up and began to sing his heart out….”drink your tea…drink your tea!”

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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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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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Year One Water Quality Report Now Available

Between June and December 2015, the Couchiching Conservancy undertook a citizen science project to monitor water quality in the Upper Talbot River sub-watershed of Lake Simcoe. 

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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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Good fences make good neighbours — and soakers

Farmers and Ranchers in Carden or Ramara Township have a number of options open to them for fencing.

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Protecting Habitat on the Carden Plain

Alvar environments boast ecological communities that are incredibly rare and worth protecting for future generations. Regionally, the globally-significant Carden limestone plain is an area of large, diverse, and relatively un-fragmented habitat including alvars, shrublands, grasslands, forests, and wetlands.

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Wrapping up the 2015 Carden Challenge

For the 38 participants in the Carden Challenge, 2015 was the year of the big peel, as conditions changed from ice in the water bucket at dawn to warm and sunny in the afternoon. The early date and cool conditions, combined with high winds on Friday evening, provided fewer species than usual, especially for the biodiversity teams seeking butterflies and dragonflies. Even so, among the 143 bird species recorded, there were three new species in this 10th Challenge – Peregrine Falcon, three Red-necked Grebes off Avery Point in Lake Dalrymple, and a V-shaped flock of Whimbrel flying overhead.

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Birding: Inside the life of a Loon

There is excitement developing in the Common Loons that have spent the past few months off shore on the Eastern Seaboard. It’s an inner drive that compels them to begin their northern migration back to our lakes. It is not only an exciting time for them, but for those of us who are just now enjoying the warmth of an early spring sun and the longer days!

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What’s that smell? The Carden Alvar Nature Festival

Voices of the Dead is among more than 30 events scheduled during the festival. Activities range from canoe trips to cycling tours, wilderness hikes and boat cruises, all focused on the natural wonders offered by the Carden Alvar, a globally rare ecosystem in our own back yard.

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