CARDE
N PLAIN
IMPORTANT BIRD AREA
(IBA)


Welcome to the Carden Plain an Important Bird Area. The Carden Plain is a popular destination for bird watchers and plant watchers alike. Less than two hours from Toronto it offers globally rare alvar habitat supporting an abundance of grassland birds, including the endangered Loggerhead Shrike and the rare Golden-wing Warbler plus Osprey, Black Terns, Sedge Wrens, Yellow Rails, Upland Sandpipers, Blues Birds, Eastern Towhees, and Broen Thrashers. Indian Paint Brush, Prairie Smoke, Tufted Hairgrass, Northern Dropseed, Little Bluestem, False Pennyroyal, Balsom Ragwort, Fragrant Sumac and Shubby Cinquefoil are typical alvar plants.
 
 
Situated amongst the unpopulated backroads in Carden Township, Carden Plain has been a favorite haunt of birders, botanists, and naturalists, all drawn to the area by its curious and impressive array of habitats and wildlife. As its natural features were documented, parts of Carden Plain were recognized as a globally-significant, rare habitat: an alvar.

This site is available thanks to the generous support of TD Canada Trust Friends of the Environment.

 
MENTORS:

TD Canada Trust Friends of the Environment

Federation of Ontario Naturalists

Canadian Nature Federation

Bird Studies Canada

Couchiching Conservancy

Harold Stiver

Ann Cook
SPONSORS:

Bird House Nature Company

Kirkfield Restaurant

The Old Tin House


Bowles Environmental Consultants

BIRD SIGHTINGS
Carden Bird Sightings



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