We're got a lot to tell you this month. In this enews, you'll find information on a new conservation easement, a special project to care for Bobolinks, an update on volunteering and some info on our office renovation.

Hope that you are enjoying this beautiful weather and getting outside!

Notes from the Field

Dave, Ron and Mark checked out a new 400-acre easement property, and once again proved that the farther you are from the car, the heavier it will rain! But they did find ragged fringed orchid and smooth green snake.


Read more Notes from the Field 

(we've added 25 Notes this spring/summer!). 

Update on the office reno

Two months ago, we told you 'five things you need to know about the office renovation'.

So far we have completed the workshop, cleaned out the office...and drum roll please...we have our permit to start construction!

Learn about the update on our website
(and we've been taking lots of pictures along the way as well).

This renovation is made possible by a grant from Ontario Trillium Foundation and a legacy gift by Bill Grant. Special thanks to the renovation committee as well.

Pictured here is a look at the new work shed. 


The new volunteer handbook is now up on the website - lots of detail about all the opportunities available, including some new ones - and all sorts of other information about our dynamic volunteer program and the many ways you can help the Conservancy.


Click here to read the handbook and find out how to join our volunteer team.


: In June, John Jenkins, Gary Thiess, Ken Thomson & John Hawke each received the Ontario Volunteer Service Award for their long-serving commitment as volunteers!

Partnership to care for Bobolinks

We're working with partners like Earth Rangers to tackle threats which endanger Bobolinks.

With the assistance of certified bird banders, we have affixed geolocators to 12 adult male Bobolinks. The spatial location data will be retrieved in 2016 when they return to the Carden Alvar for breeding.
Read more about this project.

Photo by Ginny Moore

Explore our Properties

The Passport to Nature has been a great success so far! The next event is a Hike & Bike at Alexander Hope Smith Reserve on Sunday, August 16, 2015 at 9am - 1pm.

Find details and register here. Space is limited.

Update on the Great Canadian Giving Challenge

If you donated through Canada Helps in June, your donation gave us an entry to win $10,000. All together we had over 1,200 entries to the Giving Challenge!

Bad news...we didn't win the $10,000. Good news...your donations are important to our work and are very much appreciated!

(Does the picture look like a heart? That's what we were going for...)