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Thank you! The 18th Carden Challenge

In Birds, Carden Alvar, Past News by couchiching

14 teams and 66 participants searched for as many species as possible from Friday, May 27 at 6:00pm to Saturday, May 28 at 6:00pm, while raising money to help the Conservancy protect the Carden Alvar. All together they counted 247 species and raised over $33,000 for alvar conservation efforts! See …

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Passport to Nature is here!

In 1 - Spring, 2 - Summer, 3 - Fall, 4 - Winter, Carden Alvar, Events, Kids, Nature Reserves & Easements, Past News by couchiching

The Couchiching Conservancy is inviting you to get out, connect and protect nature through the popular Passport to Nature program. This year the conservancy is offering a hybrid program of in-person events, virtual seminars and downloadable activities. New for this year are the Family Fun Collection of downloadable activities, two …

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Notes from the Field: Fall 2021

In 3 - Fall, Bats, Birds, Carden Alvar, Community Science, Events, Fauna, Flora, Nature Reserves & Easements, Property Maintenance, Species at Risk, Stewardship, Truth and Reconciliation, Water by couchiching

While most of our Community Science monitoring activities have finished until next spring, the work of Land Stewards and Maintenance teams never stops.  This fall, Val Holt and Laurie Stanford picked up the mantle of stewarding Church Woods for the very active group of volunteers living around this popular nature …

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Notes from the Field: Summer 2021

In 2 - Summer, Bats, Birds, Carden Alvar, Climate Change, Community Science, Fauna, Flora, Frogs, Nature Reserves & Easements, Past News, Property Maintenance, Salamanders, Species at Risk, Stewardship, Turtles, Water by couchiching

Monarch Monitoring Begins:  Canadian Conservation Corps Interns Ryan and Claire, along with staff member Aiesha – have spent numerous days mapping out milkweed habitats and setting up new monarch monitoring sites at two Conservancy Nature Reserves. The new protocols for this pilot project are currently being tested in the field …

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Notes from the Field – Summer 2020

In Carden Alvar, Fauna by couchiching

Wolf Run Alvar is a land-locked 303-acre nature reserve on the northern edge of Carden’s prime alvar habitat.   Because the property is so difficult to access, it has become an annual tradition for Tom Wilson (Carden Field Naturalists) to lead a fall tour.  This year presented even more challenges than …

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Notes From the Field – Summer 2019

In Bats, Birds, Carden Alvar, Climate Change, Community Science, Nature Reserves & Easements, Past News, Property Maintenance, Salamanders, Species at Risk, Training & Education, Water by couchiching

During a recent Salamander Monitoring visit to Church Woods with Kim Trudeau & family, they encountered two Eastern Red-backed Salamanders. This terrestrial species of salamander can live for up to 25 years and requires a damp environment to survive.   This is because they need to breathe through their skin as they …