#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…