About Us

Nature Newfoundland and Labrador (formerly The Natural History Society of Newfoundland and Labrador) is a non-profit organization with a primary interest in promoting the enjoyment and protection of all wildlife and natural history resources in the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador and surrounding waters. Nature Newfoundland and Labrador is this province’s oldest conservation organization. It continues to be one of the province’s most active environmental organizations. We are affiliated with Nature Canada (formerly the Canadian Nature Federation).


We host informed and interesting guest speakers as well as outdoor events and workshops. Monthly indoor talks are usually held 7:30 PM on the third Thursday of the month at Memorial University’s Science Building in room SN2067. There are generally no indoor events during the summer but our outdoor events & workshops run year round. Please see our Home PageFacebook (Nature Newfoundland and Labrador) or Twitter @Nature_NL for up-to-date information.


We welcome the participation of both residents and visitors, and encourage all to participate in our programs (families, children, young adults, and senior citizens alike). In addition to activities, lectures, hikes, and outreach, we produce The Osprey, a journal/magazine dedicated to the natural history of the province. Subscribe here.


Read more about our Board of Directors and volunteers here.





Nature Newfoundland and Labrador, PO Box 1013, St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador (NL), Canada, A1C 5M3



Our People


RAndersonBio Rita Anderson is a cognitive psychologist who studies cognition in both human and nonhuman animals. With respect to human cognition, she have been intrigued by our ability to use mental imagery. Her imagery research focuses on how people can use mental imagery to make discoveries and solve problems in the visual-spatial domain. She also studies the cognitive aspects of communication and social behaviour in nonhuman animals, especially wolves and domestic dogs.
MCollinsBio Michael Collins has been described as a teacher of exceptional character, integrity and wisdom. He has been involved in natural history, environmental conservation, and interpretation since 1970. Michael is presently the Past President of Nature NL, and Coordinator with The Rooms for Nature Nook.
DBallamBio Douglas Ballam was born and raised in Corner Brook but has lived so long in St. John’s that he’s become “townie-ized.” Nonetheless, he has spent a lot of time in the natural spaces of the province, working to set aside a few green spaces. A tuba player and a decent shot, he has served 26 years with the Royal Newfoundland Regiment.
MEvansBio Marjorie Evans was born and raised in Ontario (mostly) and earned a BSc in geology from Carleton University.  She worked with a mineral exploration consultancy in Toronto and on development of 2 North Sea oil fields.  Upon arriving in NL in 1982, Marjorie switched to volunteering with environment groups; Wilderness Society, then Action:Environment and NL Environment Network, and from 2007 Natural History Society (now Nature NL) and NLEN.  She enjoys hiking, snowshoeing and gardening and loves living in St. John’s with its rivers, trails and spectacular scenery so accessible.
EAndresBio Elizabeth Andres is a passionate conservationist with an interest in the human dimensions of natural resource management. She is a recent graduate of Colorado State University’s Conservation Leadership through Learning program, where her research focused on community participation in water resource management. A recent transplant from the United States, she looks forward to exploring all of the natural wonders Newfoundland and Labrador have to offer!


MBoucherBio Megan Boucher spent countless hours exploring the woods behind her house learning about various birds, plants and critters throughout her youth. Her background is a bit diverse ranging from freshwater fisheries research, assisting with Black Bear and Gray Jay research in Algonquin Park, Ontario, working as a seabird biologist on a remote island off Nova Scotia, and marine fisheries research in Newfoundland.  Originally from Nova Scotia, she is passionate about birds and the natural world where she loves to interact and share her enthusiasm with others.
JJacobsBio John Jacobs is a retired Memorial University professor, with a PhD in physical geography, specializing in the climatology of arctic, alpine and boreal regions. His scientific work has taken him to Alaska, Antarctica, Baffin Island, and boreal and alpine sites in Newfoundland and Labrador.  John has ongoing interests in conservation and environmental sustainability, including the campaign to reduce anthropogenic climate change, protection of species-at-risk, enhancement of parks and protected areas, and sustainable forest management. He has served many years as a Nature NL board member, including terms as president, and also sits on the board of CPAWS-NL. John is an avid hiker who enjoys the many excellent trails in Newfoundland.
MMcMillanBio Margie McMillan was the owner/operator for 24 years of children’s bookstore in St. John’s. She has a keen interest in outdoor surroundings; especially birds. Margie is loving the connection with those with a deeper knowledge who have dedicated their passion and energy to environmental concerns.
LKingBio Laura King has been on the Board of Directors at Nature NL since 2015 and enjoys connecting people to nature and to the outdoors as well as keeping involved in community environmental projects. She organizes workshops and events for Nature NL and looks forward to leading more trips next summer as well. She works as a conservation biologist in St. John’s and shared her conservation stories in a recent Nature NL public lecture.Twitter: @LaurasWildlife
PRegularBio Paul Regular is a quantitative ecologist who has been studying the behavioural ecology and population dynamics of marine birds and fish since 2005. He has gathered extensive experience surveying marine organisms from land and sea through his field activities in the Aleutian Islands, Gulf of Mexico and throughout Newfoundland. Paul is a native Newfoundlander and an active member of NatureNL; he enjoys sharing his interest in science, ecology, nature and birding with others.
JSoBio Justin So is a marine biologist who enjoys showcasing the natural world. Professionally, he has worked in environmental education, freshwater and marine habitat surveys, environmental assessment, and environmental effects monitoring. He is a huge fan of echinoderms, lichens, insects and citizen science. Justin is currently a co-editor for The Osprey, Nature NL’s natural history publication.


The Osprey:  Sarah Penney-Belbin, Justin So



Membership Secretary – Carolyn Walsh

Humber Representative – Lois Bateman

Communications – Len Zedel

Webmaster – Aaron Goulding

Naturalist – Allan Stein


Nature Nook

Michael Collins, Rita Anderson, Allan Stein, Jocelyn Tucker, Megan Boucher, Laura King, Leanne Guzzwell

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We promote the enjoyment and protection of all wildlife and natural history in Newfoundland and Labrador. Members receive invitations to monthly indoor and outdoor nature activities and our publication, The Osprey. Become a member, or donate, and help us preserve interest in nature.    

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