Greetings!

Within this e-newsletter, you will find information about:
  • The Passport to Nature Nuts for Nature Festival on June 24
  • Also, the Passport to Nature booklet is now available online
  • How you can help win $10,000 for conservation
  • A concerning proposed development in the heart of the Carden Alvar
  • Results of the Carden Challenge & Walk Wylie

Our Notes from the Field section explodes this month, with stories of volunteer and staff wildlife encounters ranging from the spectacular to the truly annoying.

With thanks from The Couchiching Conservancy!
Protecting nature for future generations
Upcoming July Events:

11 - Butterflies at the Ron Reid Nature Reserve with Susan Blayney and Dan Bone

21 - Hike the Wildlands at Queen Elizabeth II Wildlands Provincial Park with Philip Careless

29 - Beaver Pond Prowl at the Adams Nature Reserve with David Hawke

Registration for events is required
Thank you again to our program sponsors and event sponsors who support this program and make it FREE for you to attend!


Great Canadian Giving Challenge
June 1st ushered in the start of another Great Canadian Giving Challenge, a chance for you to enter your favourite non-profit to win a $10,000 donation. Every dollar you donate through Canada Helps acts as an entry!

The protection and care of thousands of acres of land in the region is made possible because of people like you! Did you know...a $25 donation could help us care for ONE acre of land for a year. That includes direct stewardship action like fencing, repairs and trail maintenance, direct property costs like taxes, and administrative costs to keep everything running smoothly.
Conservation Efforts of the Carden Alvar
A few months ago, we were made aware of a proposal to develop a large-scale shooting range in the heart of the alvar by a company called Premier Shooting Centre. This development, which would be located on the Cedarhurst property on the west side of Wylie Road just north of Cameron Ranch, would include a series of rifle ranges up to 1 km long, skeet ranges, handgun ranges, a multi-story simulation centre for commando-type raids, a 4000 sq.ft. clubhouse, campgrounds, etc. We estimate that building it will require the importation of at least 5000 truckloads of fill to create massive berms, and the upgrading of the western section of Alvar Road and the northern 2 km of Wylie Road to full municipal standards for year-round use.

Obviously, this will greatly change the natural character of the Carden Alvar and will destroy sections of globally-rare alvar habitats and breeding grounds for several species at risk. In fact, the 1350-acre Cedarhurst property has been a top priority for acquisition for many years, and Nature Conservancy of Canada put in an unsuccessful offer to purchase it before the shooting range proposal moved forward. The Couchiching Conservancy and the Carden Field Naturalists are working hard to make sure this development proposal is stopped.
Notes From the Field - Spring!

We are stewarding Conservancy land like never before with new Citizen Science Teams being added every day.

Spring is always an exciting time for staff to get out in the field, and this year 112 volunteers get to join in the fun.

This month turtle nests are protected, Newts discovered, the mosquitoes turn savage, Morris & Fred take on a new project, and Tom takes a nap.
It is mating and nesting season for turtles in Ontario. One of our citizen science teams discovered turtle nests on a Conservancy property and helped protect them.
Carden Challenge participants count 227 species!
The 14th annual Carden Challenge included 10 teams, hot temperatures, 14 species added to the list, $20,000+ raised and memories made! We have posted a full recap including species lists, team highlights and misses and photos.

If you sponsored a participant this year - thank you!

Pictured : Team Golden-winged Warriors (no hybrids!), who counted 128 bird species
Also a big thank you to the participants of Walk Wylie ! More people participated this year than ever before, and their efforts contributed almost $700 towards conservation efforts of the alvar. Thank you to everyone who took part in the day and explored the region.
Website: www.couchichingconserv.ca  | Phone: 705-326-1620
Mail: Box 704, Orillia, ON L3V 6K7
Office: 1485 Division Rd W, Orillia, ON L3V 6H2
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