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…

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…