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Welcome to the Nature Newfoundland & Labrador Blog. Here we share interesting local nature stories, photos from our hikes and events, selections of articles from our publication ‘The Osprey’, and more.

Add Your Voice for Coastal Restoration in Newfoundland and Labrador

By Sara Jenkins

Posted October 15, 2018

For our speaker series last month, GIS and conservation planning consultant Randal Greene  spoke about his current work with the World Wildlife Fund Canada to identify and prioritize sites for coastal restoration efforts in Newfoundland and Labrador.  Randal and WWF-Canada Project Coordinator, Victoria Neville, would like to give you the opportunity to voice your concerns about your coastline.  Read on to find out how you can suggest sites in need of restoration efforts as part of this multi-agency, multi-year initiative.

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Grab a Book for Science Literacy

Posted September 17, 2018

This week across Canada, scientists and science communicators are engaging with their local communities as part of Science Literacy Week—with over 800 events in 100 cities!  Nature NL is honoured to be a part of this National Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC)-supported event—we led a boreal forest hike on Saturday, shared our love of local animals at the Avalon Mall on Sunday afternoon, and will be hosting a public talk on coastal restoration on Thursday night (Sept. 20, 2018).

 

But don’t let your excitement about science wane when Science Literacy Week wraps up.  After all, what better way to keep exploring the world around you when the fog rolls in, than to curl up with a great science book and a cup of tea?  In celebration of Science Literacy Week and beyond, Nature NL board members and friends have compiled a list of our favorite science reads to share with you.

 

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Mushrooms 101

By Sara Jenkins

Posted August 5, 2018

Nothing signals the end of summer quite like the appearance of mushrooms along the trails in Newfoundland!  Orange, yellow, red, purple, brown, pink or white — mushrooms and their fungal relatives are found in almost every environment in Newfoundland, from the inhospitable heights of the Tablelands in Gros Morne National Park, to the lush, moss-carpeted hillsides around St. John’s.  Beyond the highly sought-after edible species, there are thousands of other wild mushroom species deserving of attention for their variety in colour, shape, and habitat adaptation alone.
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Nature field guides for Newfoundland

Looking to brush up on your naturalist skills, learn more about the wildlife around us, or just identify that weird looking bug you found in your backyard? Apps can be great too of course, but sometimes flipping through a book that you know is specific to your location is the best. Here’s a handy list of some field guides that are great for the Island of Newfoundland (and some cover Labrador or all of Atlantic Canada also). These field guides aren’t endorsed by Nature NL and we don’t receive any compensation; we just have been asked what we recommend and wanted to share. We know that as a beginning naturalist it can be hard to figure out what to buy and where sometimes. Enjoy!

 

 

 

General nature guide

McCloskey & Kennedy – Nature Guide to Atlantic Canada

A great guide for beginners (and even better, they can be found at many major grocery stores)

 
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Birding at Voisey’s Brook

By Nick White

Posted July 14, 2018

 

The rain held off this morning for a nice hike through Voisey’s Brook Park in Portugal Cove – St. Philip’s. This recently developed park space, protected as a Municipal Habitat Stewardship Management Unit, has over 5 kilometres of conservations trails and a variety of habitats in a 42-hectare area. We knew the area had potential as a good birding location, but had not yet organized an event on the fresh trails.

 

A group of 12 participants with a range of birding experience ventured into the wooded path and were quickly greeted by Twinflower, Labrador Tea, and Sheep Laurel in full bloom. A Blackpoll Warbler made itself known by its call shortly after, followed by a White-throated Sparrow and Dark-eyed Juncos.

 
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