Air, Land, & Sea: Grad Student Research Talks

Continuing the popular tradition of having graduate students from Memorial University of Newfoundland (MUN) share their research with us at Nature Newfoundland and Labrador, we’ll hear from three passionate science graduate researchers about their work on creatures of the air, land, and sea.


Air: Leanne Guzzwell, M.Sc. candidate, will discuss her research on the breeding patterns and sometimes puzzling behaviours of Northern Gannets of Cape St. Mary’s.


Land: Quinn Webber, Ph.D. candidate, will tell us about the social behaviour and spatial ecology of the woodland caribou in Newfoundland, with a special focus on the Fogo Island herd.


Sea: Justine Ammendolia, recent M.Sc., will explain how (and why) she used million dollar high pressure tanks to successfully create a deep sea environment inside a laboratory.

Thursday, February 16th, 2017, at 7:30 pm at the MUN Science Building, Room SN 2067, St. John’s NL. Parking available at Lot 15B (by the Music School), carpooling encouraged. All welcome!

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NatureNL Holiday Party

All nature lovers are invited to a party to celebrate the festive season.  This can be a great opportunity to network and meet friends in NatureNL, as well as members of other groups working on behalf of our natural heritage.


When: Thursday 15 December 2016; drop in anytime from 4:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Where: Third-floor board room of The Gathering Place, beside the Basilica parking lot, door on your left. (Elevator available if necessary, but please contact 722-1925 ahead of time)


Bring pot luck “finger foods”, tea and coffee provided


Hosted by Nature NL for all of our environmental friends in the St. John’s area.


Any questions?  Please contact Marjorie Evans  or 722-1925.

Indian Ocean to Atlantic Ocean: Conservation from Mauritius to Newfoundland


Speaker: Laura King


Selected as this year’s ‘Canada’s New Noah’ scholarship winner, Laura King spent the spring, summer, and fall in this little-known tropical nation. The award, given yearly by the NGO Wildlife Preservation Canada, provides early career biologists with hands-on field skills and academic training so they can better contribute to Canadian conservation upon their return. But how does working with pink pigeons, parakeets, and pathogens contribute to helping here? On these tiny faraway islands, success stories with some of the world’s most interesting reptiles, plants, and birds are being written every day. The story of how these feats are accomplished and maintained is a look into the world of modern conservation practices, the talented and sometimes slightly strange biologists keeping these projects on the go, and the unusual species that have inspired devotion and donations from across the world.


Laura King is a conservation biologist with a local NGO, Nature NL board member, and outdoor enthusiast. She spent her undergrad and MSc doing wildlife genetics and toxicology, and has worked in government, universities, and non-profits. Having lived in nine cities, three provinces, three countries, and travelled on six continents, her motto used to be “Gather no moss”, but she has recently decided she rather enjoys the mosses of Newfoundland.


Thursday, November 17, 2016, at 7:30 p.m. at the MUN Science Building, Room SN 2067. Parking available at Lot 15B (by the Music School)


NatureNL October Public Lecture

The Next New Birds

Speaker: Ken Knowles

Four hundred and nine species of birds have been seen in insular eared-grebe-bodega-bay-may-22-08-3512-a-emNewfoundland as of August 2016. New species have been arriving since 1947 at the average rate of two or three a year, and this increase shows no signs of slowing down.

In this presentation Ken Knowles (Avid birder and Naturalist) will naively attempt to predict which species will show up next. What might the bird checklist consist of in the year 2040?  By combining patterns of vagrancy, migratory and dispersal tendencies, range expansions, global warming and even future splits, it should be possible to forecast most, but never all, of our new arrivals.


wilsons-plover-bolivar-pen-apr-7-15-393-emKen has been birding and photographing birds in Newfoundland for over 30 years. As well as birds, his nature interests include wildflowers, butterflies, and recently dragonflies. After a career as a Trombonist and Professor of Music at Memorial, he retired in 2004 in order to be free as a bird.


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Arctic Hare Sightings

arctic-hare-photoArctic Hare are native to Newfoundland and Labrador and are distributed throughout several regions on the island portion of the province. Population levels for Arctic Hare appear to be stable but continued research and management of their populations and habitat is important.


Arctic Hare typically inhabit higher elevation areas above tree lines or in open barrens near forest.


The Arctic Hare is brown or grey in summer and almost completely white in winter with black on the inside and tips of ears. Arctic Hare are much larger than Snowshoe Hare, measuring up to 70cms.


We would like your help in reporting all sightings of Arctic Hare. If you spot an Arctic Hare in your travels, please send us your findings (along with photos and GPS coordinates, if possible).


Send any sightings to or call 709 637-2025.

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