My Experience at rare: A Summer with Butterflies

  Standing in the middle of a field, the sun is shining, birds are chirping and there’s a slight breeze causing the tall grasses to sway — this has been my summer. I have had the incredible experience of being an Ecological Monitoring Assistant at rare since May. With my contract ending, I have been…

New Researcher Welcome and Upcoming Work at rare

We are excited to welcome forest entomologist and ecologist Dr. Justin Gaudon to rare and to the University of Waterloo, as the Mitacs Elevate / Westfall Postdoctoral Fellow over the next two years. Justin recently completed his Ph.D. in Forestry at the University of Toronto, where he studied the biology and ecology of North American…

Giving Back this Holiday Season

It’s hard to believe, but we are getting in the full swing of the holiday season already! You know what that means — everyone is looking for the perfect gifts for their loved ones. Once again, many will look forward to the abundance of sales on Black Friday and Cyber Monday this weekend. But here…

Raccoon Latrines: Watching Our Wildlife

This summer, University of Guelph summer student, Grace Thornton and PhD candidate, Shannon French began a year-long research project in collaboration with the rare Charitable Research Reserve. The researchers are investigating the role of rodents in the ecology of the raccoon roundworm, Baylisascaris procyonis. Raccoons are the definitive host of the raccoon roundworm. Raccoons typically…

Ask a Researcher: How Can Citizens Help Prevent the Spread of Amphibian Disease?

Amanda Bennett and Matt Keevil have been doing research on two amphibian diseases for the past year. The virus “Ranavirus” causes a hemorrhagic disease in amphibians (think frog Ebola). Frogs will have red patches and bloating under their skin, and may have trouble hopping or swimming. The fungus “Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis” (Bd) causes the disease “chytridiomycosis”…

City Nature Challenge: Finding Nature in Your Neighbourhood

Black-capped Chickadees visiting a backyard feeder, a pair of squirrels chasing one another around a tree, butterflies collecting nectar from a field of wildflowers; there is nature all around us — even in our cities! This year, the rare Charitable Research Reserve is teaming up with partners across Waterloo Region to compete against more than…

You’re Invited!

Heather Cray is a PhD candidate at the University of Waterloo in the Department of Environment and Resource Studies, a restoration ecologist and a volunteer with rare. My name is Heather, and I’d like to invite you to this year’s Walk & Run for rare! I have been a team captain for this event the…

Microfibres – how we’re eating our laundry

I have been working at rare for several months now, as the Heritage Landscapes Intern, assisting in the gardens, growing and harvesting pounds of food for local food banks. I have had the pleasure of meeting some amazing people from these groups and more, all sharing a connection to the land and its conservation. Our…

rare Species Spotlight: Red-headed woodpecker

For the amateur birdwatcher, few species are as easily identified as the Red-headed woodpecker.  With its striking red head, and distinct white sections, it is unmistakable for any other species.  Once very common, the Red-headed woodpecker is now identified as a species of special concern in Ontario, meaning they are at risk of becoming endangered…