Late July 2022

INSIDE: Early Bird Prize announced for Trail Party/Walk&Run for rare registrants; Volunteers Wanted; Butterfly Count a Success! Last Chance for rare Teen ECO Camp.

Photo by: Mike Weissmann

Early Bird Draw Announced for Trail Party!

Register by August 5 to participate in the 2022 Trail Party and be Entered into a Draw for a weekend getaway to Living Waters Resort Spa & the Scenic Caves in Collingwood!

Excitement is building for the 2022 Trail Party/Walk&Run for rare presented by MacPherson Builders, happening on Sunday, September 25, starting at Riverbluffs Park at 8 a.m. and finishing at the rare ECO Centre and Slit Barn. Not only will participants and attendees help raise funds to Turn the Map Green, protecting natural spaces in Waterloo Region and Wellington County now and into the future, they'll get to enjoy a family-friendly party with food, music, entertainers, ice cream and more, celebrating the outdoors.

There are many sponsors we'd like to thank for this event, from the presenters MacPherson Builders, to KPMG, who are sponsoring the event's free Wifi hub and solar charging station.

Anybody who has registered to participate in the Walk&Run so far, or registers between now and noon on Friday, August 5, is automatically entered into a draw to win a $200 gift card to Living Waters Resort & Spa, plus four (4) passes to the Scenic Caves, perfect for an unforgettable family trip! While out there, check out MacPherson Builders' new Blue Fairway development.

To participate in the early bird draw, register to walk or run at and encourage friends, family and colleagues to support you in raising funds to preserve environmentally sensitive lands in our community.

Those who don't want to walk or run are welcome to support your favourite participants and, of course, to come out to the Trail Party to cheer them on! We look forward to seeing everybody out, celebrating nature, on Sunday, September 25.

(Photo from the 2019 Walk&Run for rare event by D. Klein)

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Springbank Farm Needs You!

Open Volunteer Sessions Continue Wednesday Mornings and Sunday Afternoons!

The open volunteer sessions continue at Springbank Farm's Organic Foodbank Garden. Individuals interested in learning and practising valuable gardening skills while helping to build regional food security through providing fresh, nutritious produce to those in need are welcome to show up at 681 Blair Road at 9 a.m. on Wednesdays or 1 p.m. on Sundays. Staff will greet volunteers with tasks, tools, and instructions.

Volunteer sessions last three hours, so be sure to bring water within a refillable water bottle as well as snacks. Volunteers should also wear closed-toe shoes and sun screen as well as a sun hat.

Registration is not required to work at Springbank Farm; just show up. We'll be delighted to see you.

In addition to the work at Springbank Farm, more invasive species pulls are planned on rare lands. On the morning of Thursday, August 4, there will be an Invasive Shrub Pull. Volunteers are asked to register and then gather at rare's Lamb's Inn headquarters at 9:30 a.m. where they will be led by rare staff to help pull Autumn OliveBuckthornBarberryWhite Mulberry and Invasive Honeysuckles. These species outcompete native trees and shrubs, reducing biodiversity and degrading the quality of wildlife habitat. The removal of invasive shrubs is one of the more labour-intensive jobs, and requires the use of shovels as well as weed wrenches.

Phragmites Control will be taking place on the morning of Thursday, August 11. These perennial grasses native to Eurasia have been damaging biodiversity on Ontario wetlands and beaches for decades, out-competing native competition for resources and releasing toxins into the soil. Not only do these grasses reduce habitat and food for wildlife, they lower water levels and increase the risk of wildfire. Volunteers wishing to help with the removal of this species at a number of sites across the property, including the Blair Flats wetland, should register here to attend.

It is recommended that volunteers wear long pants, a long-sleeved shirt and suitable footware for this work, as well as a hat and work or gardening gloves. Volunteers should also bring a refillable water bottle, sunscreen, insect repellant and snacks.

Again, rare thanks its dedicated individual volunteers who are helping the community and the local environment through their hard work. We'd also like to thank those businesses who have come out for corporate volunteer days. To enquire about corporate team volunteer opportunities, please contact Christine Thompson.

(Photo of Springbank Farm Event in 2019 by L. Klein)

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Thank You For Counting the Butterflies!

(Monarch Caterpillar photograph by Jenna Quinn)

Researchers at rare were delighted to welcome visitors on the morning of Saturday, July 16 as citizen scientists showed up to help participate in the 16th Annual Butterfly Count. This international event, organized by the National Butterfly Association, encourages individuals everywhere to appreciate the beautiful species around them, while also gathering hard data to help assess those species' health within the ecosystem.

In total, nearly a dozen individuals headed out onto rare lands on Saturday morning, led by rare staff, to safely observe as many butterfly species as possible. Exactly 509 butterflies from 29 species were counted during the 16 kilometres walked, The most observed species were the Cabbage White, the Common Wood Nymph, and the Clouded Sulphur. Exactly 26 monarchs were observed as well, including one monarch caterpillar munching the milkweed near rare HQ.

Thanks to everyone who came out to make this event a success, and we look forward to seeing everybody again next year for the next Butterfly Count.

Last Chance to Register for rare's Teen ECO Camp, August 2-5!

There are still a couple last spaces available for teens aged 12-16 interested in getting an environmental summer camp experience. The Summer Teen ECO Camp running from Tuesday, August 2 to Friday, August 5 is down to its last spots, so sign up now if you would like your teen to explore unique habitats across a natural landscape, learn from special guests, visit North House and Springbank Farm, and partake in environmental art and nature-based crafts and activities.

The cost to attend this special four-day camp is $160. Camp days run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.and extended care is available from 8-9 a.m. and 4-5 p.m. for an additional charge of $25/week for either morning or afternoon sessions or $50 for both.

(2021 ECO Camp Drone Photo by R.Verma)

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