rare to me- Rob’s time with the birds

“rare to me is a place where wildlife gets a chance to survive and thrive, and we are lucky enough to be able to observe them in an increasingly crowded Southern Ontario.” – R. Unruh As the winter months are just around the corner, the birders are finishing up their final days out on the…

The Truth about Our Nocturnal Neighbours: Three myths about bats debunked

The Truth about Our Nocturnal Neighbours: Three myths about bats debunked As Halloween draws nearer, our minds start to wonder about the things that go ‘bump’ in the night. Ghosts, goblins, witches, and of course bats, have a long standing history of being symbols for Halloween. Bats, however, are much more than Halloween’s mascot; they…

Creating Connections at Summer ECO Camp

It was a hot sticky morning and the hum of cicadas fashioned the perfect soundtrack for an expedition through some goldenrod.  “Can we check the snake boards?!” exclaimed an eager camper, as the group proceeded with anticipation to partake in an all-time favorite ECO camp task.  Two campers lifted the thin wooden board placed along…

Researcher’s Log: Searching for Squirrels!

Researcher’s Log: Searching for Squirrels! July 19th, 2016: During my first few weeks at rare beginning as an Ecological Monitoring Intern, I went along on a hike through Indian Woods with a class of young students.  Walking down the Grand Allée trail, a squirrel crossed our path and ran up a neighbouring tree- not exactly…

Walk & Run for Pedro – Turn the Map Green

Meet Pedro! Pedro is a Yellow Warbler – he’s also a frequent flyer. He often travels with his friend Luis, and each year, along with thousands of other Yellow Warblers, they make the 4,000 km trek to South America and back to Canada. Pedro and Luis often travel through rare. Their secret travel plans were…

A rare Experience

“Look!” Someone says, pointing to the sky. Standing in an open field, camera in hand, I peer up wondering what has been spotted. Suddenly, a large brown bird swoops down, disappears into the trees, and reappears with a fish in its talons. “That’s an osprey,” explains Ross Dickson, a volunteer and naturalist at rare Charitable…

In Harmony with Nature—rare to me, Nancy Froklage

“rare is a place where nature is respected and valued in and of itself, and where scientists are working to help us understand how we can live more harmoniously with it.” – Nancy. In Harmony with Nature—rare to me, Nancy Froklage The overgrown vines and old shed are no match for the positive smile and…

#TBT to Butterfly Bonanza

We’ve decided to jump on the #TBT (Throwback Thursday) social media train and share old articles from our newsletter! This #TBT post Butterfly Bonanza comes to us from the Fall 2012 rare review, and was written by rare’s Program Scientist – Research Priorities, Partnerships & Monitoring, Jenna Quinn (who was then rare’s Research Coordinator). Enjoy! Even if you weren’t looking, it was hard…

Researcher’s Log: Spending a Morning with Savannah Sparrows

Researcher’s Log: Spending a Morning with Savannah Sparrows By: Jenna Quinn June 3rd, 2016: I was lucky enough to tag along with York University M.Sc Candidate Heidi van Vliet for some of her field work on the rare reserve. Working under Dr. Bridget Stutchbury in the Biology department, Heidi is looking at the effects of…

Deciphering the hidden message within us all: DNA barcoding explained

Deciphering the hidden message within us all: DNA barcoding explained By: Angela Telfer The Centre for Biodiversity Genomics is partnering again this year with the rare Charitable Research Reserve to host a BioBlitz on rare property. Our first BioBlitz in August 2015 was a huge success, increasing the number of known species on the reserve…

Understanding Biodiversity

  Understanding Biodiversity by Kayla Martin Biodiversity, both here in southern Ontario and across the globe, is threatened. According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN), the current species extinction rate is 1,000 to 10,000 times higher than natural extinction rates. Most people have heard statistics like this before, but…

On the move – flies, genes and dispersal

To most people fruit flies are a real nuisance, but to me, and many other biologists, the fly is a great animal to explore links between behaviour and genes. This is mainly because their entire genome has been characterized and we can therefore use molecular tools to ask what changes in the flies’ genome lead…