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The 2014 Carden Challenge

Are you up for the Challenge?

Are you intrigued by birds? Do you ever stop to enjoy a bird call? For birders of any skill and knowledge level, the Carden Challenge is a great opportunity to get out in the field.

Put together a team of four and join us for a great annual event – The Carden Challenge!

The goal is of the Carden Challenge is simple: raise funds to support the stewardship of Carden’s alvar and bird habitats by counting as many bird species as possible during a 24-hour period. Again this year, we are bringing back a twist – you can choose to enter the Carden Critters Challenge, which counts birds, mammals, herptiles, butterfliesw and dragonflies, with bonus points for species at risk. Raising pledges is easy – we can provide you with a special flyer (below) to email to your friends and colleagues. They can give you cash, a cheque or donate online through Canada Helps. After the Challenge, we will send you a summary of the results to forward to your pledgers and the Conservancy will provide charitable receipts for donations over $20.

Steve HounsellCelebrity Birder

This year we will be joined by celebrity birder Steve Hounsell.

He is the Chair of the Ontario Biodiversity Council, President and Chair of Trees Ontario, Board Member of the Canadian Business and Biodiversity Council, recently retired as Senior Advisor on Sustainable Development at Ontario Power Generation where he managed innovative biodiversity programs.

We are very happy to welcome Steve to the Challenge! You can sponsor Steve by donating through his Giving Page.

Challenge brings rewards

For the team with the highest number of species: The Carden Cup. A special trophy donated by Bob Bowles. For the Carden Critters team with most species: The Conservancy Award. Great prizes for the individual and the team with the highest pledges, and a special trophy for the top team spirit.

Team Lagerhead

Team Lagerhead, 2013 Carden Cup winners

2013 Biodiversity Champs - CatBirds

2013 Biodiversity Champs – CatBirds









Challenge Photos from 2013 can be viewed on Flickr.

The Challenge Teams

Snakes on the Plain Team PictureSnakes on the Plain – Giving Page

The defending champions of the Carden Critter Challenge are back this year with a new improved name, SNAKES ON THE PLAIN and an improved team of 5 keeners. Susan Blayney, Kathy Parker, Alex Mills, Chris Evans and Ruth Noland will be looking high and low, under and over, wet and dry to find the most species in 5 categories as is humanly possible in 24 hours.





Couch Potatoes 2014The Couch Potatoes – Giving Page

Avid birder, Ron Reid, Tanya Clark, newcomer Andrea Ward, recreational birders Mark Bisset and his daughter Claire make up Team Couch Potatoes. We are in the competitive category for birding and are looking forward to getting out in the field to see some birds and raise some funds!




Jamie & Liz Ross Carden Challenge 2014 (low rez  unknown author maybe Tanya)Pedalling for Nature – Giving Page

These intrepid birders do it all by bike.  Husband and wife Jamie and Anne Ross, daughter Liz, and newest member of the team, Craig Barrett will be spinning their wheels for the 24 hour event to identify as many birds species as possible in the recreational category.

Team Pedalling for Nature is a two-time winner of the coveted “Teeter Ass Trophy” for demonstrating the most team spirit.

Craig Barrett’s Giving Page


The Loon Rangers – Giving Page

Carden Challenge competitors The Loon Rangers are training hard for this upcoming season of birding madness! The team is setting its sights high this year in the hopes of achieve its lifelong goal: triumph in the recreational division. For them, birding is not just a hobby. It’s a lifestyle.

BASKETCASES Team PictureThe Basketcases

Kristyn Ferguson – Giving Page

Sarah Hodgkiss – Giving Page







Team Lagerhead Team Lagerhead

Support this team through their Giving Page.







Team Coucou-kachings

Giving Page


More teams will be posted shortly…check back soon.

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