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…

Reconnecting with Nature

Technology has become the cornerstone of modern society. Since the 1950s we’ve seen an explosion of accessible consumer technology, from TV to video games and eventually computers. In the 1990s the internet really took hold, revolutionizing technological innovation over the next 20 years. Now, every home is equipped with a TV, computer, smartphone and internet…

Researcher’s Log: Waking up with Song Sparrows

On a beautiful Tuesday morning in April, I got up early and headed to rare to join PhD student Leanne Grieves for a fruitful morning of field work.  Leanne is studying Song Sparrows, Melospiza melodia, at the University of Western Ontario under the supervision of Dr. Beth MacDougall-Shackleton. Her research examines the relationship between haematozoan…

Home Grown Food: How to benefit yourself and your community

Home Grown Food: How to benefit yourself and your community Growing fruits and vegetables is a rewarding way to make healthy improvements to your life, the environment and your community. When you grow your food using organic practices, and forego chemical fertilizers and pesticides, you’ll contribute to healthier soil and water in your neighbourhood.   You’ll…

10 things that I learned when going plastic-free for a month

In January 2017, concerned with an alarming statistic, Rhiannon Moore, former rare Conservation Ecologist Intern, embarked on a month-long quest to go plastic-free in her day-to-day life. Documenting her journey on social media, Rhiannon shared the highs and lows of her experience as she went grocery shopping, made her own toiletries and household cleaning products,…

A rare Home

A strong, grassroots community is integral to rare; for creating awareness, raising much needed funds, obtaining valuable volunteer support and it is at the heart of engagement organizing. This year rare is taking this passion for grassroots community to the streets! With generous support from The Gosling Foundation, who believes in people power and that…

Inaugural Christmas Bird Count for Kids

The combined efforts of Marg Paré of Waterloo Region Nature and Jenna Quinn of the rare Charitable Research Reserve brought to fruition our first Christmas Bird Count for Kids (held on January 7, 2017) — and a rare (pun intended) success it was.   Gerrit Kaminga, rare‘s program facilitator welcomed everyone and explained rare‘s myriad activities and research ventures. To start the program I…

A Step Back in Time: A Look at rare’s Historic Buildings

A Step Back in Time: A Look at rare’s Historic Buildings   It is the year 1862 and large snowflakes are gently dancing in the sky.  Behind the curtain of snowflakes you can see a stone farmhouse with a stoic stone barn in the background.  A stagecoach passes by on the road leaving tracks in…

My Experience at rare

As I wrap up the last week of my internship, I have been reflecting on the last seven months at rare, and wow they have flown by! I was fortunate enough to spend this field season monitoring butterflies, snakes, salamanders, forest health and humus decay. Each time I wrapped up one segment of monitoring, I…