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…

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…