Connecting Lake Simcoe's Community

A coalition of environmental groups is calling on the province to improve, monitor and implement policies to protect natural habitat in the Lake Simcoe watershed.

Read more: Strong protection needed for the Lake Simcoe Watershed

When the LSRCA hands out its awards each November, people who work — often in obscurity — on a huge variety of projects to help the environment receive some well-earned public recognition.

Read more: Meet the 2019 LSRCA environmental award winners

A study led by Lakehead University researchers, in collaboration with Learning for a Sustainable Future, reveals that Canadians are deeply concerned about climate change, yet only half feel they know enough about the issue.

Read more: Most Canadians want more education on climate change

On Nov. 13, Passport to Nature features a virtual visit to Carden Alvar with Cameron Curran

The Couchiching Conservancy’s next Passport to Nature event presents a virtual visit to the unique Carden Alvar with conservation specialist and skilled photographer, Cameron Curran.

In partnership with the Carden Field Naturalists, this special presentation takes place on Wed., Nov. 13, from 7 to 9 pm at the Carden Recreation Centre.

“This is a rare opportunity to learn about this small geographic area that is home to an abundance of wildlife,” says Tanya Clark, Development Coordinator with the Couchiching Conservancy. “The audience will be taken on a journey through the wondrous woodlands, alvars and wetlands of Carden with Cameron as a guide, using a mix of photographs, videos and stories.”

“People often marvel at how many species call this area home, and are surprised by its heritage, with some of its biological communities sitting on top of fossilized coral reefs,” Curran says. “The Carden Alvar is really a shimmering mosaic of globally rare wildlife habitats that often go unnoticed.”

Curran’s interest in nature started young, having spent his summers growing up at Lake Dalrymple near the Carden Alvar. He worked as a summer intern with the Couchiching Conservancy, spending time on the landscape he loved while assisting with conservation projects. Curran went on to complete a Bachelor of Environmental Studies at the University of Waterloo, followed by a Master of Science (MSc) in Rural Planning and Development from the University of Guelph. He currently works with the public sector as a planner focusing on the Niagara Escarpment and continues to volunteer with the Conservancy.

This presentation is sure to fuel an appreciation for the rich biodiversity found in the Carden Alvar and the critical need for its conservation.

Admission is a $2 donation at the door (in support of the Carden Field Naturalists Club) and pre-registration is encouraged.

To register and get further details and directions, visit couchichingconserv.ca and click on “Events” or call 705-326-1620.

Save the date! November 3!

Next to choosing your life partner, choosing your wedding venue might be one of the most important decisions you make about your wedding!

Read more: First Annual Lake Simcoe Wedding Venues 'Open Doors' Tour

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