R. John Gibson 1931-2016

On May 7th, Nature Newfoundland and Labrador lost one of our stalwarts.  Dr. R. John Gibson, scientist, naturalist, and conservationist, passed away peacefully at his home on the shores of Quidi Vidi Lake. John Gibson served for many years as a member of the Natural History Society’s board of directors and continued through our transition to Nature Newfoundland and Labrador. He was awarded the society’s Tuck Walters Award in 1986, in recognition for his many contributions, including his efforts to have the urban rivers of St. John’s restored and valued as the exceptional natural features that they are. John Gibson explaining the complexities of brown trout spawning to young naturalists during a Nature NL hike along Rennies River, 23 October 2011. (Photo by J. Jacobs) In 2008, John was given the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 19th annual Government of Newfoundland and Labrador environmental awards ceremony (see The Osprey Summer…

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