Nature field guides for Newfoundland

Looking to brush up on your naturalist skills, learn more about the wildlife around us, or just identify that weird looking bug you found in your backyard? Apps can be great too of course, but sometimes flipping through a book that you know is specific to your location is the best. Here's a handy list of some field guides that are great for the Island of Newfoundland (and some cover Labrador or all of Atlantic Canada also). These field guides aren't endorsed by Nature NL and we don't receive any compensation; we just have been asked what we recommend and wanted to share. We know that as a beginning naturalist it can be hard to figure out what to buy and where sometimes. Enjoy! General nature guide McCloskey & Kennedy - Nature Guide to Atlantic Canada A great guide for beginners (and even better, they can be found at many…

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Research Spotlight Series: Colonial Seabird Monitoring in Atlantic Canada

By: Sabina Wilhelm, Canadian Wildlife Service Posted April 17, 2018 Editor’s Note: In our Research Spotlight Series we shine a light on exciting research in our province. In this post we showcase the Canadian Wildlife Service. Puffin research on Gull Island (Photo by Pierre Ryan). The Canadian Wildlife Service (CWS) Colonial Seabird Monitoring Program focuses on assessing the population size and trends of 20 species of seabirds across the four Canadian Atlantic provinces, namely Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, and Newfoundland and Labrador.  Over the past year, focus has been on continuing to update the status of major Leach’s Storm-Petrel colonies in the region in light of recent surveys having revealed that several of Newfoundland’s significant colonies, including Baccalieu Island, the world’s largest, have experienced declines of 40-50% over the past 20-30 years. In response to these declines, Bird Life International assessed this species as globally threatened and listed…

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Research Spotlight Series: Wildlife Evolutionary Ecology Lab

By Quinn Webber, Mike Laforge, Eric Vander Wal Posted February 27, 2018 Editor's Note: In our Research Spotlight Series we shine a light on exciting research going on in our province. In this post we showcase the Wildlife Evolutionary Ecology Lab. Caribou on Fogo Island in summer 2017 (Photo by Quinn Webber) The Wildlife Evolutionary Ecology Lab (WEEL) at Memorial University (MUN) studies a range of mammal species in Newfoundland and Labrador (NL), as well as across Canada. The majority of our research in NL focuses on the province’s woodland caribou populations. Specifically, we study questions about caribou ecology that bridge fundamental and applied biology with an aim to contribute to our understanding of caribou ecology as well as inform management and conservation practices. Currently, there are two Ph.D. students in WEEL studying caribou: Quinn Webber and Mike Laforge. Quinn studies social behaviour of caribou on Fogo Island with a particular…

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Naturalist Sightings

By Justin So A red fox was observed bounding across sea ice to get at a colony of puffins in Elliston, NL (Photo by Rodolphe Devillers). Over the last few weeks there have been more than a few interesting nature sightings around our province.  Check out below some fascinating wildlife stories in the news and online. • Elliston, NL is one of the best places to view our provincial bird, the Atlantic puffin (Fratercula arctica). A fox was filmed by Rodolphe Devillers trying to get a meal of puffin. The fox bounds across the sea ice and cliffs to find a way up, but is ultimately not successful at getting at the puffins. • In late May, Gerard Gale in Black Duck Siding in western Newfoundland, captured video of a white piebald moose (Alces alces) as close as three feet away. These moose are predominantly white in colour with spots of pigment…

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Second annual Grad Student Talks a success

by Laura King Nature NL was lucky to have three bright and motivated graduate students from Memorial University speak with us last week. Being able to hear about cutting edge research straight from those in the lab and the field was wonderful. Connecting those interested in nature with Memorial researchers at is one of our interests at Nature NL and this well-attended evening certainly accomplished that. This year's theme was Air, Land, & Sea. Leanne Guzzwell, MSc candidate in the laboratory of Dr. Bill Montevecchi started us off with Air by speaking about nest abandonment in Northern Gannets. This occurs when adult birds permanently leave their nests and usually results in the deaths of chicks and juveniles. She discussed various factors that have been proposed for why this occurs, such as warmer temperatures and precipitation, and her research to link abondonment with some of these environmental factors. Next up, for Land, Quinn Webber,…

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November Seminar: Wildlife of South Africa

Thursday, November 19, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. in the Science Building (SN2067) on the Memorial University campus Jeannine Winkel (Biologist and Naturalist) will talk about “Wildlife of South Africa” based on a three week trip to South Africa in February 2015. She started in Cape Town and spent the last two weeks near Krueger National Park. Jeannine will show photos of the local fauna (lots of birds, mammals and others). She will also show a short music video she created from the best footage she got on the trip. Jeannine Winkel was born and raised in Germany.  Following receipt of her M.Sc. (Biology) from Ruhr University Bochum in 2008, she spent a year in Iceland working on horse and sheep farms and another year in Canada (in Kelowna, BC and Rocky Mountain House, Alberta) before moving to Newfoundland for her summer job as an interpreter on Molly Bawn Whale and…

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