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,
Hairgrass, Northern Dropseed, Little Bluestem, False Pennyroyal, Balsam Ragwort,
Fragrant Sumac and Shrubby Cinquefoil are typical alvar plants.
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.
TD Canada Trust Friends of
Bird Studies Canada