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Cape Spear Birdwatching

 

Join Nature NL on Saturday, Dec. 1st at 10:00am for birdwatching at Cape Spear. New and experienced birders alike are welcome to come explore diverse coastal species from the continent’s most easterly vantagepoint. We’ll hope to see snow buntings, eider ducks, and scoters, among others.

 

Meet at the main parking area at the end of Blackhead Road. Visit https://www.pc.gc.ca/en/lhn-nhs/nl/spear/visit for directions and information about the National Historic Site

 

Dress warmly! This event will proceed rain or shine. Bring binoculars if you own them (some will be available to borrow). Please note that the kiosk and lighthouse are closed for the season and washrooms are not available.

 

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Bidgood Park Fall Birdwatching

 

Beverly McClenaghan will lead a birding walk with Nature NL through Bidgood Park in the Goulds (St. John’s) on Thursday, October 11th at 5pm. Join experienced birders on an easy and accessible walk through the park’s various wooded and wetland habitats. We’ll hope to see many different species of warblers as they migrate south for the winter.

Meet at the Northwest corner of the park in the gravel parking lot on the left-hand side of Power’s road (from the turnoff on Backline Road). Visit BidgoodPark.com for a map of the park and to learn about its features.

Dress warmly! this event will proceed rain or shine. Bring binoculars if you own them (some will be available to borrow). Please note that washrooms are not available at Bidgood’s Park. The trail is wheelchair accessible.

Saturday October 11, 2018 from 5-7 pm
Meet at Bidgood Park at the west entrance off Power’s Road in the Goulds.

Hike in Butter Pot Provincial Park

Photo of Butterpot Mountain, the highest peak on the Avalon Peninsula, By Grazioso2 [CC BY-SA 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], from Wikimedia Commons

Join us on a group trip to Butter Pot Provincial Park with Nature NL President Douglas Ballam. Just a short distance from St. John’s, Butter Pot Park offers a scenic, post-glacial landscape with 230 species of plants and over 200 species of birds identified.

We will take a round-trip charter bus departing 10 AM @ The Fluvarium and returning at 1:30 PM. Snacks and drinks are provided.

Cost $15 for NatureNL members, $20 for non-members

Please RSVP and/or e-transfer to nicholas.robert.white@gmail.com if you plan to attend.

 

Winter Gull Workshop 2018

 

Did you know that Quidi Vidi Lake is internationally known for gull watching? The abundance and diversity of gulls attracts birdwatchers from all over the world.

Nature NL will be hosting a winter gull workshop with local bird experts Jared Clarke (Bird the Rock), Lancy Cheng and Alvan Buckley at Quidi Vidi Lake. Learn to identify the many species of gulls that hang out in St. John’s in the winter and spend a fun wintry day at the lake with birdwatchers of all levels.

Bring binoculars and scopes if you have them, otherwise a few extra pairs of binoculars will be available for use. Nature NL’s Winter Gull Guide will also be available for purchase ($5.00).

We will meet at the far end of the Dominion grocery store (20 Lake Avenue) parking lot (the northeast end of the parking lot, closest to the Lake – see the orange circle on the posted map). Look for the Nature NL sign. This is an outdoor event so please dress for the weather. Hope to see you there!

Saturday, February 17th, 2018, 10 am, at Quidi Vidi Lake, St. John’s (meet in Dominion Parking Lot).

 

Bidgood’s Park Bird Walk

Explore the colourful and charming birds of Bidgood’s Park (Goulds, NL) with Megan Boucher (local birder and Nature NL boardmember) on Thursday June 15th at 6:30pm. This small natural area donated by the Bidgood family was turned into an accessible park in late 2014 and since then has proven to be an entertaining place for birders as proven by the 85 species documented there.

 

We will meet at the Northwest corner of the park in the gravel parking lot on the left-hand side of Power’s road (from the turnoff on Backline Road). On the park map (https://www.grandconcourse.ca/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/Bidgood-Map-2-Oct14.pdf), this is the secondary entrance parking lot, #4 on the map. The walk will last about 2 hours and is accessible to wheelchairs. The walk is open to everyone no matter what birding level. Please bring binoculars and dress appropriately for the weather.

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