We’re hiring an Executive Director!

Our all-volunteer Board of Directors is excited to be hiring for one part time Executive Director position. The position will run this summer and fall. There is a possibility of renewal and/or eventual full time work, depending on funding. We want to offer our members, supporters, and donors more ways to connect with nature, get outdoors, learn, play, and participate in conservation, while we grow our organization and help it run smoothly. Competition closes May 16th 2021, position is expected to start in June. Please feel free to share with anyone who might be interested! https://naturenl.ca/about/opportunities/

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Molly Morrissey Receives 2021 Leslie Tuck Avian Ecology Award

The recipient of Memorial University's Leslie Tuck Avian Ecology Award, an endowed scholarship started by friends of the Natural History Society (now Nature NL) has their winning essay published by Nature NL. This year's winner, Molly M. Morrissey (MSc Candidate, Dept. Biology, Memorial University of Newfoundland) contributed the following essay, which discusses innovative efforts to understand seabird population and survival in Newfoundland and Labrador. by Molly M. Morrissey The world’s oceans have undergone significant, rapid changes since the onset of the industrial revolution. Human activities, directly and indirectly, are nearly universally recognized as a major contributor to these changes. One consequence has been massive food-web shifts, from which Newfoundland has not been spared. Overfishing, poor data collection, and weakly enforced quotas led to the near loss of the Atlantic cod, a fish synonymous with Newfoundland. The Newfoundland cod population collapsed in the early 1990s and is not even at half…

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#TBT – The Osprey, vol. 01, no. 01 (May 1970)

Stay tuned for more Thursday blog posts featuring throwback articles from The Osprey journal! Ruff sketch by Howard Clase Bird Group News - Rare Birds by: Howard Clase, Founding Editor of The Osprey "Pride of place in this month's report must go to the Reeve which was seen by many people at Long Pond in St. John's in the period 28th April - 1st May. The Ruff (female: Reeve) is one of the spectacular birds of Northern European meadows. It is a medium sized shore bird which in spring puts on a gorgeous multicoloured plumage in the form of a "ruff" and a pair of ear tufts. Each male is different, the colours varying from white through orange, brown and grey to black, and the Ruff may be plain or banded in more than one colour. The males gather together in groups to spend their time displaying their finery to…

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The Snow Bunting Project – Labrador

Snow buntings taking flight. (Photo: V. Buckle) By Cheryl Davis, with Megan Boucher Cheryl Davis (Dartmouth, NS) got excited about the snow buntings she saw while living in western Labrador. She has been collecting data since 1998, and recently expanded the count with the help of the Canadian Wildlife Service in Goose Bay and local birders across Labrador. Each year, people come together to report their sightings of snow buntings on her project's Facebook page, "The Snow Bunting Project". The snow bunting, also known as the snowbird, is the most northerly recorded passerine in the world and an indicator of spring in Labrador. This migratory black and white bird is a tough survivor that breeds on frozen tundra in sub-zero temperatures. In recent years, climate change has made the snow bunting a species of concern, as it is unclear yet how warming arctic climates may affect the bird's breeding success.…

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Migratory Birds on the Radio

We're in the full swing of fall bird migration here in Newfoundland! While World Migratory Bird Day is celebrated in May each year, you can learn more about bird migration and Newfoundland and Labrador’s migratory bird species now by listening to this Migratory Bird Day interview with Nature NL board member, Beverly McClenaghan, on VOCM’s The Outdoor Hour. Find the episode from May 10th to learn more about the fantastic migratory birds of our province!

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Armchair Hiking – Gros Morne Mountain

Gros Morne Mountain looms large with its vast, steep, rocky slopes and expose summit. The top of the mountain feels far away as you start walking on the trail, winding through coniferous forest. The shady trail slowly climbs as you pass rivers and fallen logs .  The trees open up to reveal the top of Gros Morne. It’s much closer than when you started and it looks beautiful in the morning light. But the mountaintop is still a ways above you and this is where the trail starts to get more difficult. With the forest behind you, you follow the trail up a rocky, gully. It’s very steep and full of loose rocks. You climb carefully and take breaks under the shade of some small shrubs. As you rest, you look back at the view behind you, full of mountains, oceans bays and the bright orange rock of the Tablelands…

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Birdwatching Backpacks in The Telegram

This article in the Telegram highlights our new Birdwatching Backpacks program in partnership with the Newfoundland & Labrador Public Libraries. We are excited to be making birdwatching easier for everyone to try by offering backpack kits available to borrow at the library branches in the St. John's area. The kits, including both kids backpacks and adult backpacks, are packed with all the essentials to try birdwatching for the first time. Read the full article online here.

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Explore your own Backyard Bio!

Don’t fancy a huge hike? No problem! Help us document our neighborhood paths with a community BioBlitz! From September 14-21 Nature NL will be partnering with Exploring By The Seat Of Your Pants in a week long #BackyardBio challenge! #BackyardBio is a “bio-blitz”: a fun event that challenges us to identify as many species as possible in a specific area. And as the “backyard” implies, you can do it close to home, either in your literal backyard, or on a trail right near you! What better way to get out there and explore the trails in your own backyard than to incorporate a fun activity that brings everyone together? BioBlitz??  Awesome! How can I participate? Participating is easy! All you have to do is snap some pictures of the critters you find along your travels and identify them using your local knowledge or an identification app like iNaturalist (app download…

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