All Spaces Filled at Winter Nature School. Waiting List Available

All eight spots at rare’s Winter Nature School have now been filled, but parents still interested in signing up their kids, aged 6-12, can be put on a waiting list in case registrants cancel. Simply e-mail Istafa Sufi and ask to be placed on our list. We thank everyone for getting rare’s Winter Nature School…

Bird Count for Kids Cancelled

We’re sorry to have to announce that the Christmas Bird Count for Kids, planned for Saturday, January 15, 2022, has been cancelled due to rising COVID cases, and the resulting provincial regulations set up to try and limit spread. We apologize for the inconvenience and disappointment this causes, but we look forward to hosting this…

Wind Damage Cleared, Grand Allée Trail Reopened

As of Friday, December 17, 2021, the wind damage that shut down the Grand Allée trail on Saturday has now been cleared, and the trail has been reopened to the public. We would like to thank our staff and our volunteer land stewardship partners for clearing this damage so quickly. Please note that our seasonal…

Winter Closures of Certain rare Trails Begins November 15

From November 15 to March 15, our Osprey Tower, River, Woodland & Alvar trails will be closed to the public. This is done for safety reasons, and to protect eagles in their habitat over the winter. Eagles are sensitive to human disturbance and conserve their energy over the winter by perching 90% of the time….

Getting Out of My Chair to Walk for rare

by James Bow, Communications Officer at rare. It’s September, and with the turning of the leaves comes the annual Walk and Run for rare. This event raises funds for rare’s Turn the Map Green initiative, while encouraging everybody to get active, and come out and appreciate our precious natural areas. This year, the event coincides…

Q&A with David Agro

On January 27, rare hosted the first Conversation for Conservation event to kick-off our 20th anniversary and to raise funds to protect lands in the Grand River watershed. Conservationist, architect and rare International Ambassador, David Agro shared an impactful presentation about how ecosystems are connected locally and around the world, pulling from his experiences protecting…

Q&A with David Agro

Q: Does rare have any concerns about Ontario opening more forested areas to clear cut logging? A: As an environmental organization, rare’s priority is conservation and as such, we are protecting forests and plant hundreds of trees in restoration projects every year. Clear cutting of forests is the opposite of what we try to accomplish…

Myths and Facts about Bats

Things are starting to getting spooky with Halloween upon us. Bats are a common element of Halloween décor, but did you know they aren’t as scary as we make them out to be? There are a lot of myths about bats — here, we will help you tell fact from fiction for some of the…

Photo Journal: Blair Flats Tallgrass Prairie Restoration: 2010-2020

Tallgrass prairie formerly covered 80,000-100,000 ha of southwestern Ontario.  Now, less than one percent remains. While recovery efforts for the remnant prairie are paramount, there is increasing interest in restoring prairie in areas where it was formerly more extensive. In partnership with rare, Dr. Andrew MacDougall at the University of Guelph began a tall grass…

Acknowledging Indigenous Territories and Stewardship in Ecological Field Research

We all work on Indigenous lands and territories, and as researchers it is our responsibility to ensure the that we acknowledge these lands and the Indigenous stewardship that has helped shape them. Indigenous peoples’ impacts on contemporary ecosystem dynamics is becoming increasingly recognized in today’s scientific literature. This impact has been documented across the globe,…