Carden Nature Guide

The Carden Plain

Ontario's Carden Plain is a unique and largely unknown area of the Central Ontario Landscape. Located between Lake Simcoe and Balsam Lake this limestone plain features North America's most accessible alvars.

The abundance and variety of grassland bird species is the main attraction. Although, visitors will also find an amazing variety of butterflies dragonflies, and rare or unusual alvar plant species. In the spring and early summer Carden is carpeted with wildflowers.

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Ron-and-JanetRon Reid and Janet Grand of Washago share a passion for birds, and for raising funds to conserve natural areas. So using their first-ever Ontario Big Year 2010 to gather donation pledges to purchase 300 acres within the Carden Alvar just seemed a natural fit. Share in their adventures as they scour Ontario for birds, and join in their quest to preserve this diverse property.

Editors Note:
April 2012: This property, now known as Wolf Run Alvar is one of several protected properties that serve as location venus for the Carden Nature Festival. The feed back from our visitors regarding this series of articles has been extremely positive so we have decided to keep it in place as a hand book of sorts, for how and where to find that special sighting.
Contact Ron and Janet to share information on sightings or make a pledge
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Ron Reid
Carden Program Coordinator The Couchiching Conservancy



Printable Species Check Lists for the Carden Area