March 15, 2018

Alvars of the Napanee Limestone Plain

Suble local landscapes

On March 15 in Ivanhoe, come explore and identify the select creatures and plants that are specialized for life on the alvars of the Napanee Limestone Plain, including south Hastings County. Mark Stabb, with the Nature Conservancy of Canada, will lead us on this odyssey with photos and stories from the field.

The Napanee Limestone Plain - flat but fascinating – extends well into Hastings County. This alvar terrain is a horizontal habitat that forms where limestone bedrock is barely (dare we say scantily) clad with soil. This is a land of extremes – very wet in spring, dry as a bone in summer – where trees and most other plants have a hard time making a go of it. But with a trained eye, you can see that nature has filled this ecological niche with fascinating plants and creatures, some globally rare and endangered.

Mark Stabb is the Program Director (in Central Ontario-East) for the Nature Conservancy of Canada and oversees land securement and stewardship in the Napanee Plain, Prince Edward County and the Rice Lake Plains of Northumberland County. He spends a lot of time exploring these beautiful lands.

Come learn how to train your own eyes to explore and detect alvar species and conditions, and to learn more about the ecology and conservation of this threatened landscape. Images of the Eastern Meadowlark, Loggerhead Shrike, Prairie Smoke and Wild Bergamot will engage your senses.

Explore with us on Thursday, March 15 from 7 to 9 pm at the Huntington Veterans Community Hall, 11379 Highway 62, in Ivanhoe. An entrance fee of $5.00 per person (or a donation) will help cover costs. Children are free.

The Hastings Stewardship Council promotes a healthy and sustainable environment that contributes to the viability of agricultural and natural resources in Hastings County. For more information, contact Matt Caruana at 613-391-9034 or For the Winter Speaker Series lineup, visit

For more information, contact Matt Caruana at 613-391-9034 or For the Winter Speaker Series lineup, visit

11379 Highway 62, Huntingdon Veterans Community Hall
Ivanhoe , ON K0K 2K0
March 15, 2018 - 19:00 to 21:00
44° 23' 46.05" N, 77° 28' 16.68" W