About Us

Nature Newfoundland and Labrador is a non-profit organization and registered charity promoting the enjoyment and protection of all wildlife and natural resources in the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador. Nature Newfoundland and Labrador is this province’s oldest conservation organization and was formerly called The Natural History Society of Newfoundland and Labrador. We continue to be one of the province’s most active environmental organizations and regularly partner with other environmental groups to raise awareness and host nature events. Governed by a volunteer Board of Directors, we rely on volunteers for everything and have had staff only occasionally for specific projects. We’re funded by your memberships! We are affiliated with Nature Canada (formerly Canadian Nature Federation).

 

We host informed and interesting guest speakers as well as engaging outdoor appreciation and educational events and workshops. Monthly public talks are typically held from 7:30-9 pm on the third Thursday of the month at Memorial University of Newfoundland. There are generally no indoor events during the summer,  but our outdoor events & workshops run year round. Sign up as a member or see our event calendar, Facebook (Nature Newfoundland and Labrador), Twitter @Nature_NL, or Instagram for all our latest news.

 

We welcome 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 and maintain a blog. Memberships help us pay for costs associated with trips and events (like holding insurance, snacks, and materials) and we encourage everyone who enjoys our events and supports our activities to become a member or donate.

 

Contact

naturenl@naturenl.ca or message us on our Facebook page

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

 

 

Our Board of Directors

Executive

Laura King, President

Laura King has been on the Board of Directors at Nature NL since 2015 and enjoys connecting people to the outdoors as well as keeping involved in community environmental projects. She organizes workshops and events for Nature NL, leads and co-leads events, organizes volunteers, and works to keep a variety of projects running. She works as a conservation biologist in St. John’s and shared her conservation stories in a Nature NL public lecture. Twitter: @LaurasWildlife

Doug Ballam, Past President

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.

 

Megan Boucher, Vice President (shared)

Megan Boucher spent countless hours exploring the woods behind her house learning about various birds, plants and critters throughout her youth. Her background is 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. She is passionate about birds and the natural world where she loves to interact and share her enthusiasm with others. She is one of Nature NL’s most active leaders and our resident bird expert, leading trips such as Bidgood Park birding and the Winter Gull workshop at Quidi Vidi Important Bird Area.

 

Sara Jenkins, Vice President (shared)

Sara Jenkins is a GIS consultant who has recently relocated to Newfoundland. She became involved with Nature NL as a way to learn about her new home and share others’ appreciation for this unique landscape. She is keen on fungi and native plant use, and loves to go birding at home and abroad. Sara is excited to help Nature NL continue to inspire good stewardship of Newfoundland and Labrador’s natural resources. She supports Nature NL through its communications channels, and also provides many of the photos you see on our website, social media, and trip reports.

 

Jennifer Sullivan, Secretary

Jennifer Sullivan is a Master of Science candidate at Memorial University of Newfoundland studying invasive alien plants on the island. Although she is studying plants, she is also working on her bird identification skills. She finds herself escaping to natural areas frequently and is passionate about getting people out enjoying and learning about the unique nature that Newfoundland has to offer.

 

Michelle Fitzsimmons, Treasurer

Michelle is a wildlife biologist who recently completed her Ph.D. in the Cognitive and Behavioural Ecology programme at Memorial University of Newfoundland. Originally from Nova Scotia, she grew up on a hobby farm and learned to appreciate all that nature had to offer. She spends her summers working on seabird colonies, and her spare time hiking the East Coast Trail, finding interesting birds wherever she travels, and volunteering her time with NL Ground Search and Rescue. During her board tenure with Nature NL, she hopes to engage with youth and foster their appreciation for and stewardship of our province’s natural heritage.

 

Directors

Marjorie Evans, Director

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, 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.

 

Beverly McClenaghan, Director

Beverly recently moved to Newfoundland to work as a research biologist with a focus on environmental genomics. An avid birder and lover of the outdoors, Beverly has found herself very much at home in the wild landscapes of Newfoundland! She is a keen conservationist and loves sharing her passion for the natural world with others. Beverly has been volunteering and leading events with Nature NL since moving to the province, including a number of our well-attended birding walks, and recently became the coordinator the Nature NL’s Nature Nook at the Rooms.

 

MacGregor Parent, Director

MacGregor (“Mac”) moved to St. John’s in 2014 to start a B.Sc. in Marine Biology at Memorial University of Newfoundland, and decided to stay. Now pursuing a Master’s Degree in Marine Spatial Planning at the Marine Institute, she hopes to use her experience and insight into ocean management to bolster Nature NL’s stewardship activities and causes, both in the marine environment and on-shore. She is inspired by the rugged beauty of this province, and can often be found on the trails, climbing either indoors or outdoors, or knitting away.

 

Arielle Przybysz, Director

Arielle is currently studying Ecology & Conservation Biology and Geography, and wants to pursue her honours degree in Ecology & Conservation Biology at Memorial University of Newfoundland. She has always been inspired by the ocean, and aspires to become a fisheries research scientist. Arielle has been involved with many different research groups ranging from the Centre for Fisheries Ecosystems Research (CFER) where she worked as an NSERC Fisheries Ecology Research Assistant, to the Department of Agriculture and AgriFood Canada as a Plant Pathology Research Affiliate Student. She began volunteering with Nature NL in 2017. During her free time, Arielle loves to go fishing and play board games and video games. She is also a keen rock climber and scuba diver, and hopes to pursue specialized certifications in these activities.

 

Tiffany Small, Director

Tiffany Small has been fascinated with wildlife her entire life. She studies marine biology at Memorial University of Newfoundland, with special interest in terrestrial ecology and conservation. She became involved with Nature NL to better understand how Newfoundland’s unique ecosystems function and to be a part of a valuable community of like-minded people who love nature. Tiffany loves hiking, running, beach combing, and spends time outside whenever she has the chance. She is passionate about conservation and discovering more ways to lessen her carbon footprint. As a new board member, Tiffany hopes to promote the importance of conservation while demonstrating that being engaged with nature is both exciting and  rewarding.

 

Justin So, Director

Justin So is a marine biologist from St. John’s 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 the editor for The Osprey, and our blog, and coordinates some of the social media as well.

 

Julia Sparkes, Director

Julia Sparkes is a soon-to-be graduate from Memorial University of Newfoundland with a Bachelor of Science (Major: Ecology & Conservation; Minor: Geography). She currently serves as the Environmental Representative for the MUN Biology Society and works for Fisheries and Oceans Canada. She has been attending Nature NL events for a while now and jumped at the opportunity to join the Board of Directors. You can always find her somewhere on the East Coast Trail or participating in local clean-ups. From botany to entomology, she is a great person to hike with if you need help identifying wildlife.

 

Nick White, Director

Nicholas White is a GIS Planner with experience in a range of trail planning, water conservation, and wildlife management projects. He has an interest in technology, including UAV (drone) mapping, as well as the visual arts. He is actively engaged with a number of local environmental non-profit groups, giving special attention to aquatic networks and coastal areas. He is passionate about nature experiences and their positive effects on health.

 

Valued Volunteers

Humber Representative: Lois Bateman
Environmental Assessments: Len Zedel
Website: Paul Regular

Naturalists & event leaders: Jared Clarke, Lancy Cheng, Alvan Buckley, Catherine Barrett, Allison Mews, Allan Stein, John Jacobs

 

Committees

Tuck-Walters Award Committee

Bill Montevecchi (Chair), Lois Bateman, Henry Mann, Paul Regular

 

Wild Things Scholarship Committee

Sara Jenkins (Coordinator)

 

The Osprey

Justin So (Editor), Nick White

 

Finance & Fundraising Committee

Marjorie Evans (Chair), Michelle Fitzsimmons

 

Protected Places campaign

Rita Anderson (Chair), Nicholas White, Jen Sullivan

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