Youth Birdwatching Walk with WILD Outside

Group of people on a boardwalk looking out into a wetland using binoculars. Last weekend, Nature NL was excited to head out on a spring birdwatching walk with the WILD Outside program through the Canadian Wildlife Federation! We had a great time walking through Bidgoods Park in Goulds with a great group of teenagers learning all about the outdoors. With many people new to birdwatching, we all got lots of practice using our binoculars and eventually spotted a total of thirteen species! We hope to see some of your faces on trails with binoculars again soon! The complete bird list is below: Mallard Yellow-rumped Warbler Song Sparrow Swamp Sparrow American Robin American Crow American Goldfinch European Starling Golden-crowned Kinglet Barn Swallow Wilson's Snipe Black-capped Chickadee Herring Gull Group of people on a boardwalk looking out onto the surrounding wetland.

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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: [email protected]

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Nature Newfoundland and Labrador February Workshop

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 bird expert Jared Clarke at Quidi Vidi Lake. Learn to identify the many species of gulls that hang out St. John’s in the winter. Bring binoculars if you have them, if not we will have a few extra pairs to lend. We will meet at the far end of the Dominion grocery store parking lot (the northeast end of the parking lot, closest to the Lake). The Dominion is at 20 Lake Avenue next to Quidi Vidi Lake. Meet at the bright yellow car. Please dress for the weather. Hope to see you there! Saturday, February 6, 2016 at 10:00 am, at Quidi Vidi Lake

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Christmas Bird Counts – 2015

Christmas bird counts are a yearly tradition where groups of people head out in a certain area to try to find and count as many different species of birds as possible in that spot. They are a great way to learn more about birds, meet other naturalists and birders, and get out for a fun day of birding. Here are the confirmed locations, dates and contact information for compilers of Christmas Bird Counts taking place in Newfoundland and Labrador during the 2015 Christmas season - please contact the organizer directly for the info you'll need to take part. Happy birding! Count NameCompilerPhone #EmailCount DateBonne BayDarroch [email protected]iane [email protected] Cape RaceJohn Wells (NLCR)[email protected] St. Mary'sAlvan Buckley [email protected] BrookLois E [email protected]ruce Mactavish (NLFL)[email protected]in [email protected] Happy Valley-Goose BayTony [email protected] North West RiverElizabeth [email protected] St. JohnsAlvan Buckley [email protected] Paul's-Cow HeadDarroch Whitaker (NLSC)[email protected]ce [email protected] Nova N.P. (north)Janet Feltham   Wabush-Labrador CityGordon [email protected] River Bird Count for KidsJared Clarke & Laura [email protected], 3-Jan-2016 Table modified from…

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Leary’s Brook Clean-up

October 3, 2015, 9:00 - 11:00 am Join friendly local volunteers from NAACAP and Nature NL for a morning spent beautifying Leary's Brook in St. John's! The cleanup will take place Saturday, October 3rd from 9 am-11 am. Meet at the corner of Oxen Pond Road & Baird Place; all materials, snacks, and prizes will be provided. Fresh air, a bit of exercise, and the chance to get outside into a beautiful natural spot - what better way to start your weekend? Hope to see you there! http://shorelinecleanup.ca/en/cleanup/event/fall2015/learys-brook-health-science-centre

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Birding Hike

  Celebrate International Migratory Bird Day with birder Alvan Buckley and NatureNL Board member, Laura King, for a free birding hike, starting at 9a.m. Saturday May 9th on the Manuels river trail.  We’ll keep an eye out for returning migrants as we walk the Manuels River trail and T'Railway. 6 pairs of binoculars will be available to borrow for the hike if you don't have your own - first come first served for a pair.   Meet in the front lobby of the Manuels River Hibernia Interpretation Centre at 7 Conception Bay Highway, Town of Conception Bay South. Perfect for birding enthusiasts, and those interested in learning more about the birds in our region. Best for adults, teens, and kids 12+ as birding often requires patience and concentration!

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Snowshoe Outing

  10:00 am, Saturday, February 28   Join Allan Stein in exploring trails for exercise and to seek and identify animal tracks. Meet at the parking area on Old Broad Cove Road in Portugal Cove/St. Philips (adjacent to the community mail boxes opposite Maggies Place).   Allan Stein | [email protected] | 895-2056   * Most of the route is frequented by atv and snow machines but we will check out less used paths—at the time of writing these had up to a meter of snow.  Depending upon weather and conditions, alternate footwear, possibly hikers with ice-creepers, might be preferable.  Dress appropriately.   If the forecast is bad, the outing may be rescheduled.

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