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,…

Sampling Environmental DNA

Hello! My name is Nathanael Harper and I am conducting research at the rare Charitable Research Reserve. I am a PhD student at the University of Waterloo in the Katzenback lab and my research focuses on environmental DNA (eDNA). What is eDNA? Animals shed cells into their environment in forms such as skin, scales and…

My Scientific Illustration Internship

Since the fall of 2018 I have been working through Gretchen Halpert’s Scientific Illustration Distance Program (SIDP). The program consists of four 10 week sessions, progressing from the basics in graphite, pen and ink, and watercolour, to professional scientific illustration practices and workflow. Assignments during the first three sessions are based on online classroom instruction, with…

A Summer Full of Butterflies

This summer, I joined rare as the Terrestrial Monitoring Intern to observe the different flora and fauna on the rare reserve.  Although I was unable to meet in-person with many staff members due to COVID-19 safety restrictions, I have come to know rare as a friendly and welcoming team that has been working hard from…

Every Child Outdoor: Liam’s Story

Liam learned about the natural world by being right in it. In nature, he truly lights up. As a young person who struggled with conventional learning in a classroom setting, Liam wasn’t thriving at reading, writing and math. But then he found rare. At rare, a very young Liam found his first salamander – an…