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Carden Field Naturalists

Town: Lake Dalrymple

Ontario Nature Region: Huronia

The Carden Field Naturalist club was formed in the spring of 2003 and quickly grew to 50 members by the end of the first summer. We have already had an excellent program of speakers and outings. Some of the highlights have been speakers from the NCC informing us about the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) acquisition of the Cameron Ranch - 3000 acres of Alvar in the heart of the Carden plain. We have also had speakers from Canada Wild Life Services (CWS) updating us on the current status of the endangered Loggerhead Shrike.

The Carden plain is perhaps one of Ontario's most unique and least known natural habitats. With lakes Simcoe and Couchiching in the west and Balsam Lake and the Trent Canal on east and south, we are in the heart of South Central Ontario. In recent years the Carden plain has been recognized as a globally significant Alvar habitat and also as a nationally significant Important Bird Area (IBA). The Carden Plain hosts Canada's largest and most stable population of the endangered Loggerhead Shrike, and is now perhaps one of Ontario's best areas for viewing the Eastern Bluebird after nearly 10 years of bluebird box installations.

In addition to the 222 species of birds that can be found on the plain (30 of which are either endangered, area sensitive or of special interest) there are also more than 430 species of vascular plants (including several that are nationally or provincially rare) and 68 species of butterflies.

Visit the Carden Field Naturalists website for more information.

For more information please contact Ontario Nature at 1-800-440-2366 or


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