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…

A rare co-op experience

We consider ourselves lucky to be a part of a likeminded community – one that understands the importance of preserving these 900+ acres and educating our community on the importance access to nature plays in our lives. A huge part of that involves inspiring and educating the next generation of environmental conservationists. All of the…

2016 Eastern Comma Visual Artist-in-Residence, Meg Harder

In April and May of this year North House welcomed its latest guest, Meg Harder, a budding local artist who for two months lived and explored the property to find inspiration for her eclectic work. Made possible with funding support from the Region of Waterloo Arts Fund and Musagetes, Harder’s residency was the latest iteration…

Tick Prevention 101

Last week I started my first week of butterfly monitoring. Some of my coworkers were finding ticks on themselves and I considered myself lucky that I had yet to experience an encounter, at least this year. One day, I sat down in my chair, touched behind my ear, and pulled off a dog tick. After…

Become a Scientist for a Day: The Benefit of BioBlitzes

People tell me I have a pretty cool job, and I would have to agree. I get to spend a lot of time outdoors surveying for butterflies and other bugs, snakes and salamanders, fish, birds and more. Interacting with nature is not only a great way to spend time outdoors; it also affords us the…

#TBT to Spear point found at rare dates back 10,500 years

We’ve decided to jump on the #TBT (Throwback Thursday) social media train and share old articles from our newsletter! This #TBT post Spear point found at rare dates back 10,500 years comes to us from the Fall 2012 rare review, and was written by rare Environmental Advisory Committee (EAC) and Archaeology Committee member John MacDonald. Enjoy! As an Archaeologist, volunteer…

Common Raven Returns to Waterloo Region

The Common Raven Corvus corax is a splendid bird, glossy black, unless viewed up close, where its iridescence of purple, blue and green dazzles the eye. It is the largest of all the corvids with a heavy pick-axe bill. In flight it displays a wedge-shaped tail and wings featuring splayed-finger primaries . It is a…