Some of you have asked for more info. on this Carden Challenge. Here's a note I recieved from the organizer.
"I wanted to let you know that the Couchiching Conservancy has decided to allocate half of the funds raised by the Carden Challenge this year towards the purchase of Bluebird Ranch. This is a 206-acre property at the southern end of Wylie Road, on the west side, and directly behind the Important Bird Area sign. As many visitors to Carden know, the fencelines here are a great spot for Eastern Bluebirds, as well as Wilson's Snipe and sometimes Upland Sandpiper. The wet area within the property sometimes has Sedge Wrens, and a few years ago hosted a highly visible Henslow's Sparrow for about a week. Besides its attractions to birders, the Ranch has patches of alvar plants, and links directly to Windmill Ranch to the north. As part of the deal, we are purchasing two one-acre residential lots that were recently severed and fenced near the corner; those lots will never be developed. Obviously we are very keen on this purchase, and want to be sure that we have all the funds needed in place for closing this fall."
If you were thinking of making a pledge, remember that some of your money will go toward the Bluebird Ranch purchase. We are confident that 75% of the funds needed are in place, but still need to raise $75,000, so every dollar is important.