Ecology

The following documents and links provide information about the flora and fauna of the Carp Hills.

Carp Hills Bio-Inventory Project – We are documenting the flora and fauna of the Carp Hills in iNaturalist, an international, web-based platform for recording and sharing observations with naturalists and scientists around the world.

About the Carp Barrens – An overview of a special area within the Carp Hills characterized by open rock barrens, large ponds in impermeable bedrock, and regionally rare plants.

1992 ANSI Report (PDF) – Prepared for the Ministry of Natural Resources, this checklist makes the case for declaring the the Carp Hills as a candidate Regionally Significant Life Science Area of Natural and Scientific Interest.  A specific area within the Carp Hills, the Carp Barrens, is recommended for a higher designation of Provincially Significant.  See the Carp Hills ANSI Map below for the delineated areas.

Carp Hills ANSI Map

2011 Carp Hills and South March Highlands Bioblitz Report – An independent report on the flora and fauna documented in the Carp Hills and South March Highlands.  Unfortunately, the report does not distinguish between what was found in the two locations.

Flora and Ecology of Southern Ontario Granite Barrens (PDF), by Paul M. Catling and Vivian R. Brownell – Although written for granite barrens in general throughout southern Ontario, specific mention is made to eastern Ontario barrens and much of the information is relevant to the Carp Barrens.

Vascular Plants of the City of Ottawa – This is a detailed and comprehensive list of plants found within the boundaries of the city compiled by Daniel Brunton in 2005.  Uncommon and regionally rare species are identified.  The reports states that the Carp Hills have 22 significant species.  Since then, more regionally significant species have been found and documented in our iNaturalist project.

Natural History

Vegetation Changes Over 12,000 Years (PDF) – Published in GEOS magazine in 1989, by T.W. Anderson – Provides an overview of vegetation changes in Eastern Ontario by looking at the fossil record for pollen and spores.