Carden Nature Guide

Early Spring Flowers on the Carden Alvar

2-4-10Snow has begun to melt off the Carden Alvar now in late March and water is forming large pools on the surface of the land.  These will turn into large ponds, even lakes, as the early April rains add to the surface water.  Many White-tailed Deer are now moving out of their winter yards under the cedar and hemlock trees, between the patches of alvars.  The leaves of last years Prairie Smoke

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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.
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Ron Reid
Carden Program Coordinator The Couchiching Conservancy



Printable Species Check Lists for the Carden Area