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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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 chriscallahan@gov.nl.ca or call 709 637-2025.

Red Crossbill Recovery Efforts

red_crossbillRed Crossbill are a medium-sized finch, which uses its crossed beak to pry open conifer cones.

 

 

The Newfoundland subspecies, percna, are listed as endangered under both provincial and federal endangered species legislation. Red Crossbill are associated with conifer forests, with the highest numbers of observations occurring in the older, mature forests of western Newfoundland. The island of Newfoundland may be the only location where this rare subspecies breeds.

 

 

Males are a dull red colour with brown shading and females are grayish olive with yellow rumps.  They look very similar to White-winged Crossbills, but can be distinguished by the lack of white wing bars that White-winged Crossbills have.

 

 

Many recent sightings in Newfoundland have been from bird feeders at houses and cabins throughout the Island. Please keep on the lookout for these colorful birds and report any sightings (along with photos and GPS coordinates, if possible)!

 

 

Please pass along any sightings and photos to the Wildlife Division at endangeredspecies@gov.nl.ca or call 709 637-2025.

 

Thank you for your support!

NatureNL t-shirts!

We will be taking orders for our Nature t-shirts at our next meeting, Thursday May 19.

 

The cost is $25.00 per t-shirt/pre paid.

 

The t-shirts come in royal blue, 100% cotton, women’s, men’s and unisex versions. Because sizing is on the small size, samples will be available for you to try on to our May 19th meeting.

 

If you want a t-shirt, but cannot come to the meeting, please contact sharon@howdoes.ca before May 25th.

Annual NatureNL Long Pond Clean-up

Nature Newfoundland and Labrador is holding our annual clean-up of Long Pond on Saturday, May 7, 2016, starting at 10:00 a.m. Meet behind the “Splash” facility on the south side of Long Pond (behind the MUN School of Business and other campus buildings). We anticipate that Clean St. John’s will supply garbage bags and collection. Volunteers should bring their own gloves and wear boots. For more information, email: naturenl@naturenl.ca

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