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, Blue Birds, Eastern Towhees, and Brown Thrashers. Indian Paint Brush, Prairie Smoke, Tufted Hairgrass, Northern Dropseed, Little Bluestem, False Pennyroyal, Balsam Ragwort, Fragrant Sumac and Shrubby Cinquefoil are typical alvar plants.
Situated amongst the unpopulated back roads 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.


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Ontario Nature
Nature Canada
Bird Studies Canada
Couchiching Conservancy
Harold Stiver
Ann Cook


Bird House Nature Company

Kirkfield Restaurant

The Old Tin House

Bowles Environmental Consultants

Carden Bird Sightings

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