Why we need protected areas

Nature NL recently hosted a panel discussion about the new Protected Areas Plan for the Island of Newfoundland. The consultations on this plan are open now, so it's a great time to learn more about these proposed areas. The consultations are a way for WERAC and our provincial government to hear everyone's opinions, and listen, and then refine the plan. The plan will be changed as needed as we go ahead, and each proposed protected area will go through local consultations as well. You can read more about the stories to date on this plan as well. Here we will take a look at some of the reasons that we at Nature NL support protected areas. This post covers the same ideas as in the introduction at our Protected Areas Panel, with some changes to the phrasing for clarity. Why do we even need protected areas? A lot of the…

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Join Us on the Trail to Environmental Justice

The ability to safely enjoy nature is a privilege and not everyone has the means or opportunity to actively participate in conservation and environmentalism. Those of us who are fortunate enough to engage in these activities need to remember that they are not equally available to everyone. All aspects of a person’s identity, such as class, race, gender, sexuality, age and body type, can impact a person’s access to and sense of welcome in natural spaces. Each of these aspects also influences how, when and where a person may be adversely affected by environmental issues. Worldwide, air and water quality, the preservation of wild spaces and wildlife conservation challenges are often linked to socioeconomic status and power structures built by modern and historical oppression. We cannot find solutions to these conservation and environmental challenges without also finding solutions to associated social injustices. This is why environmentalism must be intersectional. Leah…

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A Home for Nature

 Nature NL wants to see the special lands of the Island of Newfoundland conserved, so that we can enjoy them forever. A planned system of reserves, protected by legislation is the best way to ensure natural habitats, systems, and resources are maintained for future generations. The new Protected Areas Plan for the Island of Newfoundland is a chance to implement a strategy for designating protected areas, and use land use planning to conserve places that are important to us. We understand that this plan is not perfect, and there are many valid concerns. These concerns can be shared during the public consultation process, and they will be used to help refine the plan and make it better. Site-by-site consultations will then take into account local opinions, land use activities, and challenges, so that reserves will be designed and moved forward with local considerations in mind. Catch up with some of…

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Nature NL on the Labrador Morning radio show

This spring, everyone's eager to get outside - and vacation. But given physical distancing, and our need for fresh air, hiking has never looked better as an option for a spring or summer adventure. Tune in to Labrador Morning on Wednesday, May 13th to hear some tips for longer distance and multi-day hikes with journalist Malone Mullin and Nature NL President Laura King. And of course, a few thoughts on how to make longer hikes interesting and fun - with nature, birdwatching, photography, and berry picking, of course. The Nature NL way!

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Celebrating World Migratory Bird Day!

This weekend Nature NL celebrated World Migratory Bird Day with an online event of photo sharing, recommendations for birdwatching from home and an educational quiz about local migratory birds. Thank you to everyone who joined us! In case you missed it, you can find a summary of our birding from home tips below and a link to a petition through our affiliate Nature Canada to protect Canada’s migratory birds. Also, if you want to hear more about Newfoundland and Labrador’s migratory birds and World Migratory Bird Day, you can listen to an interview with Nature NL board member, Beverly McClenaghan, on VOCM’s The Outdoor Hour. Backyard Birding Looking for birds in your yard and out your windows is an easy way to do some birdwatching from home. It’s always surprising how much you can see so close to home when you spend the time looking. As we are all spending…

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Nature NL public talk: Decarbonized or destitute? with Brett Favaro

Thanks everyone for joining us last night for an engaging talk and discussion about how climate change is set to affect our world and the nature we love. Lots of excellent ideas and resources were shared so we have made them available here for reference along with Brett's slides. Decarbonized or Destitute? April 23rd 2020 - Slides Download Brett's writing: The article from The Independent, The Carbon Code Local initiatives: Decarbonize NL @DecarbonizeNL, Climate strike Some hashtags of interest: #ImagineThePotential and #MyOffshoreMyFuture Reducing bat mortality when situating wind turbines - Erin Baerwald Embedded carbon in buildings The warming stripes graphics: @alxrdk Andrew Thaler @DrAndrewThaler Mark Jaccard Alex Steffen Talking to politicians (not specific to environmental issues, but a helpful guide)

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Nature NL’s AGM and photo night

We're looking forward to our online AGM and photo night this coming Thursday March 19th, 7:30 to 9pm! We're featuring some great local photographers and naturalists, including Jared Clarke, Lancy Cheng, Ritche Perez, Felicity Roberts, Gene Herzberg, and Sara Jenkins. If you're interested, you can find some other files related to our AGM here as well, in preparation for the evening. The new by-laws we will be proposing at this AGM: 2020-03 Nature NL By-law revisionsDownload Older (2005) by-laws 2005 NHS by-lawsDownload Last year's AGM (March 2019, covering the year 2018) 2019-03_Nature NL_AGM_2018_reconstitutedDownload Post-AGM Update: Here is the file from the March 2020 AGM, covering the year 2019: 2020-03-Nature-NL-AGM-PresentationDownload

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King penguin, Falkland

Due South!

By Lancy Cheng These tales from the South have been shared by naturalist Lancy Cheng who leads events with Nature NL including our Gull workshop. Or you may have seen him when birding around town, especially at Quidi Vidi Lake where he would be identifying gulls during all seasons, especially winter! We hope you will enjoy his reflections on these recent adventures. “I am an Arctic tern. In winter, I migrate the longest distance of all birds to Antarctica.” (photo: M. Boucher) This was the dream I had before landing in Punta Arenas, Chile. I was not a lone bird but with a team of Hurtigruten expedition staff. We continued our journey onboard MS Roald Amundsen on December 14th, 2019, the same day that Roald Amundsen reached south pole for the first time in human history, 108 years ago. Coincidence? Fate? Just a view outside my "office" Birds of Antarctica…

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Discover Birding Hotspots

Newfoundland and Labrador has some wonderful year-round birding opportunities because of its convenient location in the North Atlantic. The lengthy shoreline and abundant wetland habitats make the Province a perfect stopover for migratory birds and a summertime safe haven for breeding seabirds. Whether you’re a professional birder or an amateur testing out your first pair of binoculars there are good resources to ensure you have an eventful trip. First, there are a number of Provincial / National Parks, Hiking Trail Systems, Wilderness and Ecological Reserves (limited access), and Important Bird Areas, which are great for exploring unique habitats, seeing a variety of wildlife, or viewing large congregations of seasonal bird species. (View more in our Resources section). If you’re looking for a general digest of rare sightings and recent activity by established birders, the nf.birds forum is great. Let eBird help you find more birds If you’re interested in finding…

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