Exploring the Carden Alvar
Thank You!

What a great weekend we had in Carden!
Thank you to the Festival Planning Committee, Activity Leaders and volunteers. So much time and effort goes into the Festival and we really appreciate everyone's hard work.

The Orillia Packet & Times wrote an article about the Festival - read it online.

Look at photos from the Festival on Flickr.

If you attended the Festival, we'd love to get your feedback. Our survey will take less than 10 minutes to complete. Click here to complete the survey.

2014 Carden Cup Winners - The Wylie Roadrunners with celebrity birder Steve Hounsell
Carden Challenge

Carden Challenge teams had beautiful sunny weather this year, which made for good birding...and lots of bugs! Together we raised over $22,000 for our conservation and stewardship efforts on the Carden Plain.

Many thanks to the teams for taking part and everyone that supported the Carden Challenge! Read more about the Challenge on our website.

We were tweeting and sharing photos throughout the Challenge - visit our Twitter feed online (no Twitter account required). You can see more photos from the Challenge on Flickr.

The Winning Teams:

Competitive Birding - Wylie Road Runners with 134 species (Martin Parker, Steve O'Donnell, Matthew Tobey, and Sean Smith)

Recreational Birding
- The CouCou-CaChings with 96 species (Nathalie Rockhill, Kathy Callahan, Adam Thomson & Jeff Gilbreath)

Biodiversity - Snakes on The Plain (Susan Blayney, Kathy Parker, Alex Mills & Chris Evans)

Best Team Spirit - The Basketcases (Kristyn Ferguson, Ginny Moore, Sarah Hodgkiss, Erin Carroll & Tricia Stinnissen)

15 year volunteer, Property Team Leader and all around nice person - Alan Smale
Alan Smale


Volunteerism is alive and well at The Couchiching Conservancy. Hundreds of people help to care for our land, get their hands dirty while pulling garlic mustard, help with special projects and much, much more.


Our first Volunteer Spotlight is on Alan Smale. Alan has been volunteering for 15 years and helped with the Grassland Habitat Improvement Project on Bluebird Ranch throughout the winter.


You can read more about Alan on our website

Clear-Winged moth on a
Hairy Honeysuckle blossom
Spring/Summer 2014

On a visit to Wolf Run Alvar, Mark Bisset, Dave Hawke, and Linda Read discovered many alvar wildflowers in full bloom, as well as numerous clear-winged moths. These unique moths are day-time flyers and may be mistaken to be hummingbirds as they visit flowers for nectar.

Visit our website to read more about what our volunteers and staff have been up to in the field this summer.

White Trillium in Copeland Forest
Monthly Giving

This past year, many Conservancy supporters decided to join our Monthly Giving Program. It's easy to set up and is an environmentally friendly way to help the Conservancy all year.

"We understand that there are on-going costs to
care for land, which is why we support the Conservancy as a monthly giver. It is a simple
giving option that helps us plan our giving for the year, reduces paperwork and gives us peace of mind"
Jim and Pat

Learn more about how you can make an impact through Monthly Giving.

A special thank you to all of our Corporate Partners - see the full list on our website.





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