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, 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 TrailMUN 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

Conception Bay South: Chamberlains Park, Manuels River hiking trails, CBS T’Railway

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

Local issues

Species at Risk (endangered and threatened) in Newfoundland and Labrador

Lists of Species at Risk  in Newfoundland and Labrador

Canada-NL Offshore Petroleum Board

Projects requiring Environmental Assessments (public notices)

Environmental Assessment (EA) in Newfoundland and Labrador

A guide to the EA process in NL

Environmental Impact Assessments: A Legal Toolkit for NL (pdf)

Protected Area percentages in the province

Report from the NL Protected Areas Forum (2015)

Nature Canada’s Cats and Birds resources

Doug Ballam’s conservation columns in The Independent

Bill Montevecchi’s nature and conservation columns in The Northeast Avalon Times

Nature NL bird checklist


Checklist of the Birds of Newfoundland (hard copy available in our shop)

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


Wildflower Society of NL

MUN Botanical Garden

Foray NL (mushrooms)

Checklist of Newfoundland and Labrador flora

List of all vascular plants of NL

Other Nature & Conservation Groups

Nature Canada 

Conservation groups with NL chapters: Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) – NLCPAWS-NL

Humber Naturalists  (aka Humber Natural History Society)

Newfoundland and Labrador Environment Network (NLEN)

Nature Resources

John Maunder’s Links – large collection of nature resources

Status of Species in Canada

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

Other centres with nature & environmental programming: The FluvariumPippy ParkManuels River, Corduroy Brook

Newfoundland Nature – citizen science site for posting nature sightings

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)

Protected Areas in Newfoundland NL Fisheries and Land Resources

Provincial Parks in Newfoundland and Labrador NL Tourism, Innovation, and Culture

Marine Protection – CPAWSNL

Eagle River Waterway (proposed 2010)

Laurentian Channel Marine Protected Area (off the south coast of Newfoundland, protected 2019)

Akami-Uapishkᵁ-KakKasuak-Mealy Mountains National Park Reserve (in Labrador south of Lake Melville)

Little Grand Lake Provisional Ecological Reserve (Western Newfoundland)

Indian Arm Brook (Notre Dame Bay, proposed 2002)