Justin Peter is taking part in the Carden Challenge, on the Carden Alvar

I am taking part in the 15th annual Carden Challenge, and am the 'celebrity birder' for The Couchiching Conservancy.

The Carden Challenge is a 24 hour birding and biodiversity marathon in support of The Couchiching Conservancy, a non-profit, non-government land trust dedicated to protecting nature for future generations. The Conservancy works to acquire and protect environmentally significant land in the Lake Couchiching area, and one of the key areas they work in is the Carden Alvar, a globally rare landscape. During the event, teams head out on the Alvar in search of as many species as possible, and there are prizes for the top teams. You can learn more about this event here: http://www.couchichingconserv.ca/15th-annual-carden-challenge/

I grew up below a limestone escarpment in suburban Ottawa, and I spent much time exploring the area along and atop the escarpment, which contained remnants of habitat from pre-development times. On my first visit to the Carden Alvar (to participate in the prescribed burn at Cameron Ranch in 2012), I was struck by the similarities of the vegetation to my home turf, which shared the same limestone bedrock from Ordovician times. I fancied that the Carden Alvar must represent a primeval picture of my ‘home habitat’ prior to creeping residential development. Since my first visit, I’ve made at least one annual pilgrimage to the Carden Alvar to rekindle my connection to ‘Old Ontario’. It is reassuring that we have this place and I hope it is here for the enjoyment of all in perpetuity!

Please donate in support of conservation efforts of the Carden Alvar.

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$3,495 raised of $2,000 goal

1 month, 1 week to go
Fundraiser Ends June 30, 2019
Date Donor Name Charity Name Amount
May 21, 2019, 5:46 p.m. Mike Floyd THE COUCHICHING CONSERVANCY $25.00
Best of luck on the Challenge Justin! Gillian and Mike Floyd
May 21, 2019, 8:17 a.m. JEAN IRON THE COUCHICHING CONSERVANCY $200.00
Hope you and your team win the Carden Cup for the most birds seen. Happy Birding, Jean and Ron
May 17, 2019, 7:14 p.m. Barb Crowther THE COUCHICHING CONSERVANCY $50.00
Go Justin, go! Barb & Ian
May 12, 2019, 5:13 p.m. Jeff Harrison THE COUCHICHING CONSERVANCY $25.00
Good luck Justin. Jeff Harrison
May 10, 2019, 5:08 p.m. Derek Wong THE COUCHICHING CONSERVANCY $88.00
May 10, 2019, noon Mr. Burgundy Asset Manag Ltd. THE COUCHICHING CONSERVANCY $50.00
May 9, 2019, 9:30 a.m. Anonymous THE COUCHICHING CONSERVANCY $25.00
May 9, 2019, 8:17 a.m. Anonymous THE COUCHICHING CONSERVANCY $150.00
Keep up the great work you do Justin.
May 9, 2019, 7:42 a.m. Martha Burchat THE COUCHICHING CONSERVANCY $25.00
Best of luck Justin.
May 8, 2019, 7:15 p.m. Paul F. Peter THE COUCHICHING CONSERVANCY $50.00
May 8, 2019, 1:39 p.m. Mr. Jeff Daley THE COUCHICHING CONSERVANCY $50.00
May 8, 2019, 10:42 a.m. Eva Matyas THE COUCHICHING CONSERVANCY $50.00
Thanks for your efforts and good luck!
May 8, 2019, 9:20 a.m. Ruth Wiber THE COUCHICHING CONSERVANCY $36.00
Thank you for doing this Justin
May 7, 2019, 10:05 p.m. Hester Riches THE COUCHICHING CONSERVANCY $50.00
Great cause!
May 7, 2019, 2:17 p.m. Rohit&Sonal Patel THE COUCHICHING CONSERVANCY $101.00
May 3, 2019, 1:08 a.m. Samir Gupta THE COUCHICHING CONSERVANCY $50.00
Best wishes
May 2, 2019, 9:39 a.m. Parth Patel THE COUCHICHING CONSERVANCY $50.00
Justin, keep up the great work. Best of luck.
May 1, 2019, 5:19 p.m. Sandeep Patel THE COUCHICHING CONSERVANCY $50.00
May 1, 2019, 4:25 p.m. David Welch THE COUCHICHING CONSERVANCY $50.00
April 30, 2019, 6:08 p.m. Robert Gaucher THE COUCHICHING CONSERVANCY $50.00
Justin This sounds like fun, and we are sure you are the best possible candidate for this honour. Good birding! Linda and Bob
April 30, 2019, 4:43 p.m. Anonymous THE COUCHICHING CONSERVANCY $250.00
"Go, Justin, go!" - From your colleagues at Quest Nature Tours
April 30, 2019, 12:01 p.m. Andrea Ruzzo THE COUCHICHING CONSERVANCY $20.00
Thanks for all that you do in the name of education and conservation!!
April 30, 2019, 8:03 a.m. George Turner THE COUCHICHING CONSERVANCY $100.00
April 29, 2019, 10:32 p.m. Lucie Kirchknopf THE COUCHICHING CONSERVANCY $25.00
April 29, 2019, 6:17 p.m. Alan Watson THE COUCHICHING CONSERVANCY $25.00
April 29, 2019, 4:46 p.m. Chris Earley THE COUCHICHING CONSERVANCY $25.00
Go, Justin, go!
April 29, 2019, 2:37 p.m. Mark Ansell THE COUCHICHING CONSERVANCY $50.00
April 28, 2019, 11:34 p.m. Michael Lam THE COUCHICHING CONSERVANCY $50.00
April 28, 2019, 1:04 p.m. Ken MacDonald THE COUCHICHING CONSERVANCY $10.00
Go Justin!
April 28, 2019, 11:23 a.m. Ashka Patel THE COUCHICHING CONSERVANCY $50.00
April 28, 2019, 7:56 a.m. Janet Wenckstern THE COUCHICHING CONSERVANCY $20.00
What a great cause for an important place.
April 27, 2019, 11:42 p.m. Anonymous THE COUCHICHING CONSERVANCY $50.00
Good luck!
April 27, 2019, 4:26 p.m. Monique Fischer THE COUCHICHING CONSERVANCY $20.00
A very special place. Thanks Justin!
April 27, 2019, 11:50 a.m. JANICE WHITE THE COUCHICHING CONSERVANCY $200.00
Good luck, Justin, you'll have a blast, I have fond memories of the 2012 Challenge I participated in myself!
April 27, 2019, 10:32 a.m. Joel Greenberg THE COUCHICHING CONSERVANCY $75.00
April 26, 2019, 10:51 p.m. Mrs. Eileen Macdonald THE COUCHICHING CONSERVANCY $10.00
April 26, 2019, 4:18 p.m. Bill Dickinson THE COUCHICHING CONSERVANCY $50.00
Good luck, Justin Regards, Bill and Jan Dickinson Bracebridge
April 26, 2019, 3:45 p.m. Adrian Forsyth THE COUCHICHING CONSERVANCY $300.00
An Alvar is a beautiful place to be. Hi Tracy Read - nicest editor I know!
April 26, 2019, 2:56 p.m. Derryn Gill THE COUCHICHING CONSERVANCY $100.00
April 26, 2019, 2:38 p.m. Anonymous THE COUCHICHING CONSERVANCY $100.00
xo
April 26, 2019, 12:48 p.m. Bryan Wyatt THE COUCHICHING CONSERVANCY $100.00
Have a great birding day! As well, enjoy the other life forms that you are sure to encounter!
April 26, 2019, 11:35 a.m. Tracy Read THE COUCHICHING CONSERVANCY $25.00
Hi, Justin. All the best with the Carden Challenge. Thanks for including me. Tracy Read Kingston, ON
April 26, 2019, 11:33 a.m. Allison Tremblay THE COUCHICHING CONSERVANCY $50.00
April 26, 2019, 11:18 a.m. Linda Boon THE COUCHICHING CONSERVANCY $20.00
April 26, 2019, 10:43 a.m. David Moore THE COUCHICHING CONSERVANCY $20.00
Good Luck Justin!
April 26, 2019, 9:42 a.m. Frank Pinilla THE COUCHICHING CONSERVANCY $100.00
Enjoy it Justin, it is a magical place!
April 26, 2019, 8:46 a.m. Anonymous THE COUCHICHING CONSERVANCY $10.00
great cause
April 26, 2019, 7:56 a.m. Bob Cumming THE COUCHICHING CONSERVANCY $50.00
Have a great count day. Look forward to your thoughts afterwards.
April 26, 2019, 7:49 a.m. Jack Solomon THE COUCHICHING CONSERVANCY $100.00
I see you're now a bird club president. Congratulations. (Or, as a former president of our local bird club, should I say condolences?)??
April 25, 2019, 11:18 p.m. Paul Nicholson THE COUCHICHING CONSERVANCY $50.00
Good luck Justin. :-)
April 25, 2019, 10:59 p.m. Anonymous THE COUCHICHING CONSERVANCY $100.00
April 25, 2019, 10:07 p.m. Chris Traynor THE COUCHICHING CONSERVANCY $25.00
April 25, 2019, 9:18 p.m. barrie larock THE COUCHICHING CONSERVANCY $20.00
meaningful
April 25, 2019, 8:25 p.m. Heather Pierorazio THE COUCHICHING CONSERVANCY $25.00
Congrats Justin...enjoy the experience! Such a wonderful place!
April 25, 2019, 8:06 p.m. Carole Lupton THE COUCHICHING CONSERVANCY $25.00
April 25, 2019, 7:27 p.m. Anonymous THE COUCHICHING CONSERVANCY $20.00