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 you! We are affiliated with Nature Canada (formerly Canadian Nature Federation).

 

We host informed and interesting guest speakers as well as outdoor events and workshops. Monthly public talks are usually held 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. Please see our Home Page, Event calendarFacebook (Nature Newfoundland and Labrador) or Twitter @Nature_NL for up-to-date information.

 

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 a blog. Memberships help us pay for costs associated with trips and events (like holding insurance – an important one!) and we encourage everyone who enjoys our events and supports our activities to become a member or donate.

 

Contact

naturenl@naturenl.ca

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

 

 

Our Board of Directors

Executive

Doug Ballam, 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.

Laura King, Vice 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 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

Rita Anderson, Past President

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. She has been involved with Nature NL for many decades and won the Tuck-Walters award in 2015. She is the current Nature Canada liaison and the lead for our Protected Places work, which aims to help create more protected areas in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Marjorie Evans, Treasurer

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.

Tara Stuckless, Secretary

Tara Stuckless works at Memorial University and holds a Master’s degree in Math. With such a talent for numbers, it’s no wonder she’s our future Treasurer!

Directors

Megan Boucher, Director

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.

Michael Collins, Director

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 and was a biology professor at Memorial University. Michael was Coordinator for Nature Nook at The Rooms and was previously President of Nature NL.

Sara Jenkins, Director

Sara Jenkins is a geomorphologist and 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 is also an excellent photographer and provides many of the photos you see on our website, social media, and trip reports.

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 currently a co-editor for The Osprey, Nature NL’s natural history publication, and coordinates much of the social media as well.

Jennifer Sullivan, Director

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. Jennifer is a new member of board and is looking forward to getting involved in Nature NL’s many activities and events.

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: Beverly McClenaghan, Allan Stein, John Jacobs

 

Committees

Tuck-Walters Award Committee

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

 

Wild Things Scholarship Committee

Rita Anderson (Chair), Doug Ballam, Jen Sullivan, Sara Jenkins, Tara Stuckless

 

The Osprey

Editors: Justin So, Sarah Penney-Belbin

 

Finance & Fundraising Committee

Marjorie Evans (Chair: Treasurer), Tara Stuckless (aspiring Treasurer), Liz Andres

 

Protected Places campaign

Rita Anderson (Chair), Nicholas White, Jen Sullivan

Upcoming Events

  1. 2018 Holiday social for environmental organizations

    November 29 @ 8:00 pm - 11:30 pm
  2. Cape Spear birdwatching

    December 1 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
  3. Kids Bird Count

    January 5, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am

Support Nature NL

We promote the enjoyment and protection of all wildlife in Newfoundland and Labrador. Members receive invitations to monthly indoor and outdoor nature activities and our publication, The Osprey. Become a member here !        

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