We hope that you are enjoying these sunny days. This weather certainly makes for ideal opportunities to get outside and enjoy our beautiful landscapes. In this e-news, we've got a re-cap of the Carden Challenge, a little babble about our brooks, and info on upcoming events. 
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Virginia Ctenucha Moth
Photo taken on the Carden Alvar by Ken MacDonald during a Passport to Nature event
Carden Challenge Wrap-up

Nearly 50 local birdwatchers topped off the busy month of May by participating in the 12th annual Carden Challenge, an event that combines skills, tenacity, and friendly competition for a good cause.  The combined efforts of eleven participating teams raised over $23,000 in pledges and donations for the Carden Alvar programs of the Couchiching Conservancy.

Read more and see pictures from the Challenge here.
Grant Wetland in the 1960s Courtesy of OPL Archives
New Discoveries at Grant Wetland

Setting up water monitoring sites at Grant Wetland has been full of surprises. 

On our first visit, interns Meagan Coughlin, Aiesha Aggarwal and I witnessed a pair of Hairy Woodpecker mating in the sky above us and a mangy red fox trying to get past us and into the wetland.

The real surprise came when we got back to the office with some video footage Aiesha took with her camera in the cold water creek.  After careful study, Dave Hawke concluded that...( Read More)
Column: Praise for the Conservancy

Meegan Scanlon has some very kind things to say about the people who have supported the Conservancy and made our work possible over the years.

"The success of the Conservancy is greatly based on the tireless work of those on the ground each day, but the amazing generosity and poignant environmental focus of those donating money, land and time keeps the dream alive."

You can read the article here

13th - Shirin Yoku at Grant's Woods - learn more and register
21st - All for Nun, Orillia Summer Theatre. In support of our conservation efforts - details here
23rd - Passport to Nature, Intro to Butterflies & Dragonflies - FULL, waitlist available here

6th - Passport to Nature, Hike North Bear - Full, waitlist available here
21st - Passport to Nature, Cycle Copeland Forest - register

8th - Official Grant's Woods office re-opening - details to follow 
RBC presents us with a cheque for $10,000
Thanks RBC Bluewater!

On June 2nd we got together with RBC staff from Orillia to help them celebrate RBC Clean Water Day.

RBC staff had a hands-on experience testing water samples with our volunteer team. 

The day ended with a barbecue and a big cheque for $10,000 to support our water project. It is a pleasure working with you, RBC.  
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