So Long, Shrubs! Part 2

Event Details

October 3rd, 2019, 9:30 AM - 2:30 PM

Carden Alvar - Cameron Ranch, Orillia, Ontario
Habitat Restoration

Come out and help keep shrubs from swallowing up globally rare habitat in the Carden Alvar! This unique landscape has become shaded and dense due to shrub overgrowth, and requires clearing in order to restore grassland habitat for birds like the endangered loggerhead shrike.

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More Information

About Carden Alvar – Cameron Ranch, Orillia

Identified in both the terrestrial and aquatic Great Lakes Conservation Blueprints, this area is a prime example of globally-threatened alvar habitat, characterized by thin soils over limestone bedrock. The 12,000 hectare (30,000 ac.) natural area is made up of various native grasslands, forests and wetlands, supporting species such as the eastern loggerhead shrike, bobolink and Olympia marble butterfly. Vulnerable to invasive species like dog strangling vine and buckthorn, the Carden Alvar is a key target for biodiversity within the Great Lakes.

What you will be doing

We will hike 2 km through scenic alvar to and from the worksite with equipment and all personal items. Using hand saws and loppers we will remove woody vegetation from the site and pile them in designated areas. By removing shrubs, we will help to maintain the open conditions that many alvar and grassland specialist species require.

Why you will love it

Spend the day on the alvar surrounded by birdsong and the hum of grassland insects! By removing shrubs from alvar habitat, we will be mimicking natural processes such as fire to improve the habitat for grassland birds such as loggerhead shrike.


Contact Brittany Hope, Coordinator, Conservation Biology:

Please Note

Additional event details, including directions and parking instructions, will be provided after registration.

Moderate fitness level required
No toilets on site
Carpooling can be arranged
Water and snacks will be provided
Item Checklist

While we do our best to provide you with the tools you need to participate, please bring the following items if you have them:

  • Closed-toe footwear
  • Long pants
  • Long shirt
  • Layers of warm clothing
  • Sun hat
  • Rain gear
  • Work gloves and loppers, if you have them
  • 1 Litre of water in a reusable bottle
  • Lunch
  • Any necessary medication