Wild Things Scholarship

Nature Newfoundland and Labrador invites applications for

The Wild Things Scholarship

 

This $1,000 scholarship recognizes the enthusiasm and efforts of a student whose volunteer activities have helped to conserve or enhance nature in Newfoundland and Labrador.

 

To Apply:

We welcome applications from residents of Newfoundland and Labrador who:
1) are—or will be—enrolled in a post-secondary program; and
2) have demonstrated an active commitment to nature and the environment through their volunteer activities in the province.

 

Apply online or print and mail hard copy.

Application Deadline: 22 March, 2019

 

 


About the Scholarship

The Wild Things Scholarship is one of the many legacies of naturalist and educator Dave Snow, who passed away in 2017. When barely out of University, Dave challenged Nature NL to establish a scholarship for students who were directly engaged in conservation activities in NL. The Board and members of Nature NL will miss him dearly. Maintaining the scholarship in perpetuity in Dave’s memory is an important cornerstone of our organization.

 

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NatureNL administers The Wild Things Scholarship competition and awarding.  Generous financial support is provided by Wildland Tours (www.wildlands.com) and an anonymous donor.

 

 


 

Recent Recipients of the Wild Things Scholarship

 

2018: 2018 was an unusual year in that we could not choose between two outstanding applicants, and were thus able to award them both for their efforts on behalf of our province’s nature.

Alexandra Hayward (Mount Pearl, NL) is currently finishing her BSc at Memorial University in Ecology and Conservation Biology, Alex hopes to pursue a career in environmental law, focusing on helping political entities engage better with environmental concerns.  Volunteering and being an active voice for the environment has always been an important part of Alex’s life: in high school, she was active with the Environment Club, leading discussions, fundraising events, and community clean-ups; she was involved in developing the student newspaper club, to which she contributed articles about environmental issues; and she was a founding member of the school’s outdoor club.  At MUN, she has been the Environmental Representative for the undergraduate Biology Society, for which she organized a clean-up of Burton’s Pond and a recycling program.  She attends local climate marches and writes her politicians about issues of concern.  Alex was influential in bringing the Blue Dot Movement, a grassroots movement for environmental rights, to this province. After seeing David Suzuki speak on his Blue Dot Tour in 2014, she worked with her high school Environment Club to raise awareness in Mount Pearl, which ultimately led to a municipal declaration for Mount Pearl citizens’ Right to a Healthy Environment. Since then, Alex has become a regional Blue Dot Movement Ambassador, which involves online meetings and training with ambassadors across the country, meeting and engaging with her MP about environmental rights, writing to newspapers, engaging local organizations, and social media actions.  Alex is motivated to help shape a future where we take better care of each other and the natural world that nourishes us.

 

Kelly M. Young (western NL) obtained her B.Sc. in Biology with a minor in Geography in 2016 and has recently started her M.Sc. in Environmental Science, both a Memorial University.  As a member of the Qalipu Mi’kmaq First Nations Band, Kelly has a deep respect for the environment and understands the necessity of conserving our natural resources and our biosphere. She embodies this respect through small actions, such as picking up trash on trails or attending local clean-ups, and through her volunteer work at MUN on a climate change project led by Drs. Joseph Wroblewski and Robert Davis aimed at reducing methane emissions from oil extraction and storage. Kelly recognizes the value of communicating environmental issues across different platforms to reach a wide variety of audiences. Her 2015 article on the threats of fracking to Gros Morne NP was published in NatureNL’s journal, “The Osprey”; in the same article, she highlighted the important role that social media can play in helping the younger generations share their concerns for the future of the environment in this province.  She shares scientific news, as well as environmental issues and alerts, on her public Facebook page: “Pursuit of Science“.  Through participation in national and international environmental groups, she is kept informed on urgent environmental issues, and voices her appeal for environmental action through emails to provincial and federal government officials.  In line with her future studies and career goals, Kelly intends to work diligently to help curb climate change, in order to protect our atmosphere, our oceans, our water cycle, and especially our land.

 

2017: Brendan Kelly, from Paradise, NL, is the 2017 scholarship winner. Brendan completed his Fish and Wildlife Technician program at the College of the North Atlantic in Corner Brook this spring. He intends to pursue a Bachelor’s degree in wildlife conservation at the University of Prince Edward Island starting this September, with future plans for graduate work in ornithology.   Since 2005, Brendan has been building and placing nest boxes for birds across Newfoundland and Labrador through partnerships with wildlife officers and parks staff. To date, Brendan checks and repairs over 200 nest boxes annually. These nest boxes provide a safe nesting location for several species of birds including: Boreal Owl, Saw-whet Owl, Common Goldeneye, Northern Flicker, Tree Swallow, Chickadees, as well as the Newfoundland Martin and Red Squirrel.  Most recently, he has been volunteering for Intervale on the west coast, helping them collect Newfoundland Marten hair samples. To promote his conservation work and ideas, Brendan has met with various municipal and provincial government officials, and organizations such as the Eastern Habitat Joint Venture, Delta Waterfowl, Humber Natural History Society, Memorial University, and various media, such as the CBC and The Telegram.

 

2016: For her M.Sc. thesis in the Cognitive and Behavioural Ecology graduate program at Memorial University, Leanne Guzzwell will study Northern Gannets at Cape St. Mary’s.  Leanne has a long history of volunteering on behalf of the nature and environment of the province, having volunteered with the Ocean Sciences Centre (seal research), Nature NL (assessment of the Quidi Vidi Lake Important Bird Area, Nature Nook at The Rooms), CPAWS-NL and Environment Canada (Ocean Days at DFO, monitoring purple sandpipers at Cape Spear, carrying out Atlantic Shorebird surveys, serving on the puffin and petrel patrol).  As an individual, Leanne built a case for the need for enhanced wildlife rescue facilities in the province, created a Facebook group “Bird Lovers of Newfoundland” to bring bird watchers, bird keepers, and bird lovers together, and has completed several wildlife and bird certification programs to become the best “wildlife warrior” she could be.

 

2015: Alvan Buckley, a medical student at Memorial University, is an accomplished young naturalist. His volunteer activities include maintaining the Newfoundland and Labrador portal for eBird. This is a global citizen science project where anyone can submit bird sightings to an online database. This information is essential for scientists to track global trends in bird populations. Due in part to his efforts the NL eBird portal has seen a five-fold increase in usage. Mr. Buckley was also selected for his work in organizing two Christmas Bird Counts, the longest running citizen science project in the world. These bird counts provide essential information on bird population trends over time. Mr. Buckley has also volunteered with the Canadian Wildlife Service in the Canadian Arctic.

 

2014: Aaron O’Brien is a native of Cape Broyle, Newfoundland and a doctoral candidate in philosophy at the University of Ottawa. As a volunteer, he has made significant contributions to the conservation and enhancement of nature in Newfoundland and Labrador. Aaron has served as a Protected Areas Stewart (PAS) for the Avalon Wilderness Reserve with the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS-NL) over the past seven years. He writes a volunteer wildlife column for The Newfoundland and Labrador Independent (theindependent.ca/author/aaronobrien). Aaron is also a trail custodian of the East Coast Trail Association (ECTA). Aaron plans to pursue an academic career specializing in environmental philosophy and ethics.

 

2013: Emma Power is a student at Queen Elizabeth Regional High School, Conception Bay South. She served as Chair of her high school’s Ecological Crusaders group and participated regularly in the Eco-Mentors program for Earth Day. Her most impressive achievement, however, was her successful campaign to bring curbside recycling to the town of Conception Bay South. Emma started a letter writing campaign directed to the town council and the local paper and an on-line petition directed to the Mayor and the Director of Public Works in which she highlighted the importance of curbside recycling for her rapidly growing community. Due in large part to her efforts, a curbside-recycling program started in CBS in October 2013. Emma plans to attend Memorial University upon gradation to pursue a career in medicine or marine biology.

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