Within this e-newsletter, you will find information on:

  • The opening and dedication of the newest Nature Reserve
  • Supporter Spotlight on Harry Hall
  • The 25th anniversary of your local land trust is three months away
  • Notes from the Field: activities at Nature Reserves
  • Recruiting for Invasive Species Monitoring in Carden

With thanks from The Couchiching Conservancy!
Protecting nature for future generations
We hope to see you at the Opening and Dedication of the Ron Reid Nature Reserve!
Sunday, September 16th

1:00pm Gathering
1:30pm Ceremony
2:00pm Optional hikes
(with David Hawke of Couchiching Conservancy or with Philip Careless of Ontario Parks)

We will meet at the 'camp' on Black River Road. Roughly 8km from Chisholm Trail.
Supporter Spotlight: Harry Hall
Always looking for nature.

That is one way to sum up Harry Hall. Whether by canoe, snowshoe, foot or vehicle, Harry is always looking for remote places and rare nature.

And Harry knows rare nature well, as a nearby resident to the Carden Alvar, he helps protect this globally rare landscape in a number of ways.

Pictured: Harry and Marian Hall in the Antarctic.

One Way You Can Help This Month:

We sometimes hear from people that they intend to contribute and help, but life is busy and they forget. Here's an option to consider: monthly giving. You set it up once - through your bank or Canada Helps - at any amount that works for you, and we send you a big thank you and receipt before tax season. Your monthly gift helps to power local conservation efforts all year long. It's an easy way for your regular gift to add up!

Have questions?
Reach out to Tanya Clark, or 705-326-1620.

Just Three Months Away!
November 2018 marks the 25th anniversary since the formation of the Conservancy. To celebrate, a special art show has been planned, named Legacy Landscapes. We'll share details on the show soon.

In the meantime, we have been sharing interesting information and photos of the great work completed thanks to your support over the years.
The 1998 Board of Directors
Notes from the Field
Road safety versus fish in Sundial Creek. We’ve been working with the City of Orillia, concerned neighbours, and Patrick Fogarty students on a problem weighing heavily on us all.  Minutes from downtown Orillia, there’s a cold water stream that supports Brook Trout, but we’re not sure how long it will continue to do so. 

Passport to Nature

September and October events are already at capacity, but registration for Philip Careless' presentation, Wolves, Skinks and Carnivorous Plants: Your Wildlands is open! Taking place on Wednesday, November 14th in partnership with the Carden Field Naturalists Club, this is the presentation that was originally planned for our Annual General Meeting!

Monitor Invasive Species on the Carden Alvar

**Now Recruiting**
This is a unique three-year project and a golden opportunity to spend time in Carden Alvar Provincial Park. Using either GPS handheld devices or the Avenza Application for smartphones, teams of two scour “zones” of the Park looking for invasive species such as Dog Strangling Vine and Phragmites. Training is provided in the use of the mapping devices, and in the identification of invasive species. Year two of this three year project begins September 2018. Call the office to get involved!
Couchiching Conservancy to receive Order of Orillia

"Established in 2000, the Order of Orillia recognizes individuals and groups who dedicate their time and effort to bettering the community through volunteerism. The award is reserved for residents who have enriched the lives of others through a decade or more of service and who stand as shining examples in the community."

When : Monday, Sept. 17, 2018
Reception begins at 6 p.m. in the first floor concourse outside of the Council Chamber.
Awards presentation takes place at 7 p.m. in the Council Chamber.
Where : Orillia City Centre, 50 Andrew St. S.

We hope to see you there!
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Use code COUCHICHING and save 20% off admission to the Royal Ontario Museum!
Phone: 705-326-1620
Mail: Box 704, Orillia, ON L3V 6K7
Office: 1485 Division Rd W, Orillia, ON L3V 6H2
Visited one of the Nature Reserves we help protect and take pictures? Make sure to tag us on social media!