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.
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:
This site is available thanks
to the generous support of TD Canada Trust Friends of the Environment.
TD Canada Trust Friends of
Federation of Ontario
Canadian Nature Federation
Bird Studies Canada