Places to see birds and other wildlife

There are just a few ideas some of our members enjoy, and where some of our local Nature NL events take place. As with our tourism links above, we do not endorse or maintain these areas – use at your own risk. Stay safe, wear appropriate clothing and footwear, and contact the managing authority with any questions about these spots!
We also recommend using ebird to find local hotspots!

St. John’s: Quidi Vidi Lake, Mundy Pond, Pippy Park, Long Pond, Kent’s Pond, Kenny’s Pond, Burton’s Pond, Bowring Park, East Coast Trail, MUN Botanical Gardens nature trails, Grand Concourse trails (Rennie’s River trail, Virginia River trail, Waterford Valley trail, etc), Cape Spear

The Goulds: Third Pond, Bidgood Park (map 1, map 2)

Conception Bay South: Chamberlains Park, Manuels River hiking trails

Other spots near St. John’s: Neville’s Pond in Paradise, Power’s Pond and Branscombe Pond in Mount Pearl

Further outside St. John’s: Salmonier Nature Park, Butterpot Provincial Park, Cape St. Mary’s

Nature NL bird checklist


Checklist of the Birds of Newfoundland and its continental shelf waters

Bird The Rock’s Newfoundland Bird Checklist

Important Bird Areas of NL (article)

Important Bird Areas in Canada

Seabirds and sea ducks of Labrador poster

Christmas Bird Counts

nf.birds – newsgroup for discussion of birds in the province


How to choose birding binoculars

 Nature Resources

Newfoundland Nature – citizen science site for posting nature sightings

NL Nature Atlas – collaboration between MUN Grenfell & Nature Conservancy of Canada

John Maunder’s Links – large collection of nature resources

Status of Species in Canada

Other centres with nature & environmental programming: The Fluvarium, Pippy Park, Manuels River

More links at MUN Library:
ConservationFisheriesNatural HistoryThe Osprey (our Nature NL journal)

NL Natural History and Ecology Subject Guide

Tours, Hiking, Kayaking, Ecotourism, Photography

We put these resources here in the hope that they are positive for education/awareness. We do not endorse nor accept responsibility for their operations, and accept no payment for linking. Anyone may request a link or report a problem, and we may at our discretion remove any link or decline to link.

East Coast Trail Association and their useful hiking tips

Wildland Tours – birds, whales and other marine mammals, polar bears, history, and nature tours

Bird The Rock – bird and nature tours for individuals and groups

Birding Newfoundland with Dave Brown

Iceberg Finder

Atlantic Whales

Parks and Protected Areas

(just a few resources, not in any particular order)

Eagle River Waterway (proposed 2011)

Laurentian Channel Area of Interest (off the south coast of Newfoundland)

Mealy Mountains National Park Reserve (in Labrador south of Lake Melville)