NL Conservation Fund – Letters of Support Requested

Dear ENGOs and Environmental Allies,
Kathy Unger at CPAWS has been working towards a very exciting prospect for all of us, and we need everybody’s support to make it happen. Specifically, Kathy is asking for a letter of support from all ENGOs working in the province to further her work on establishing a NL Conservation Fund via conservation license plates.
Your letter of support can be quite simple, stating such things as your organization supports this initiative, that you would be grateful beneficiary of this fund, and you look forward to seeing conservation efforts in the province grow as a result. Be sure to have your letter of support on your organization’s letterhead and email it to Kathy directly (
For further details, please read her email below as well as NL Conservation Fund Fact Sheet found here.
You may contact her directly with any further questions you may have.
Trina Porter

On behalf of NLEN



I am writing you because you represent an environmental organization listed by the Newfoundland and Labrador Environmental Network, or we have spoken directly, and I believe you would be interested in being a part of an opportunity to establish NL’s first Conservation Fund to support environmental initiatives in our province.In an attachment in this email, (here: NL Conservation Fund Fact Sheet) you will find a fact sheet with information about why I am working towards the establishment of a provincial Conservation Fund and how we can get there using a Conservation Plates program.

I believe you will agree that environmental programs enhance and strengthen the cultural, social and economic protection and appreciation of our province’s natural resources. These programs deliver crucial services and opportunities to ensure the long-term, well-being of our iconic species and wilderness across our province for future generations. Without reliable provincial or other region-specific funding, environmental initiatives in Newfoundland and Labrador are under-supported.  Consequently, local ENGO groups may never see capacity growth, may never realize crucial projects, or may face dissolution. Conservation License Plates, are an innovative solution for our region. They have been tried, tested, and proven successful in many other regions of North America.

What I am asking from you today is to read the attached information sheet (NL Conservation Fund Fact Sheet), contact me if you have questions, and show your support for this endeavour by providing a written letter of support from your organization, which will be used to approach decision makers and funders to advance this initiative.

Thank you kindly for your time and attention.


Kathy Unger
Conservation Coordinator
Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society – Newfoundland and Labrador Chapter
Address: 360 Topsail Rd. Suite 103, St. John’s, NL, A1E 2B6
Tel: (709) 726-5800

Go Wild! Lundrigan’s Marsh Clean up and Flower Planting

Posted on behalf of Northeast Avalon ACAP

June 7th, 11am-pm

Join Northeast Avalon ACAP (NAACAP) for a Community Clean-up and Flower Planting at Lundrigan’s Marsh. Lundrigan’s Marsh is a unique 32 hectare cattail marsh, known for sightings of unusual birds and a vital part of the Virginia River System.

Meet at the Lookout, 335 East White Hills Road between 11am – 1pm June 7th. Volunteers are welcome to plant native and pollinator friendly flowers while cleaning up around the marsh. Our goal is to plant 200 flowers and remove 200 kg of waste from the environment! Refreshments and supplies will be provided by Northeast Avalon ACAP.

Annual Trip to Codroy

This post is brought to you by the Humber Natural History Society.
The Humber Natural History Society is planning their annual nature trip in the Codroy Valley for June 15-17 (Friday to Sunday).

June is a time when most of the migratory birds have returned, many spring flowers are blooming, beautiful and intriguing insects are active, and there are planets to be seen on clear nights.

We encourage people to make their way to the Codroy area in time for a potluck supper on the first evening (Friday) around 6:30 – 7 PM. This will be held at Codroy Valley Cottage Country, which we use as our base.

We will explore the estuary area and surrounding woods and ponds over the next couple of days. This is a relaxed and non-strenuous weekend with time for photography and identification of birds, flowers, insects, fungi – whatever we encounter. Some people stay one night, others stay two nights.

I advise making reservations soon.
For Codroy Valley Cottage Country, in Doyles email Claudelle Devoe [] or call 1-709-955-2720.
There are other accommodations – Martin’s Cabins, Cape Anguile Lighthouse, Grand Codroy RV Park campground as well as a couple of B&B’s and other cabins. Check

Wildflowers of Burnt Cape

Submission by Humber Natural History Society

April 17th, 7:30pm
Room 1008, CNA, Corner Brook

Henry Mann and Ed Andrews, retired Grenfell Biology Professors, will present
an illustrated journey to Burnt Island, often referred to as “Burnt Cape”, which forms the tip of the Great Northern Peninsula.
This event will feature wildflowers, but also includes associated plants, animals, and physical surroundings, as well as the community of Raleigh.



Earth Day Fair Registration

NLEN is happy to co-host the Suncor Fluvarium Earth Day Fair – Sunday April 22, 2018 12 noon – 4:30pm and we want your organization to be part of it!  

NEW: Register quickly online here:

Each year hundreds of families come through the event, and leave with a better understanding of all the environmental initiatives that are taking place.   This year we’re featuring a Mend-It Café, encouraging people to fix their cloths instead of trashing it, try some up-cycling and help out with a quilting service project!

As usual the event is free to the public or by donation. Environmental Non-Profit Organizations are welcome to set up a booth; For-Profit organizations are charged a fee of $25-50 (depending on what they can afford to pay). Sales or collections of any kind are not permitted during the fair; organizations are welcome to collect names for follow up and are welcome to have free draws at their booth.

 Please see the questions below and let us know if you are participating.

The format will be similar to previous years with door prizes to be won (hopefully provided by some of your organizations) and a wide variety of Environmental Organizations represented sharing ideas for how to live gentler on the earth! The more hands-on activities the better and the more real data about why all of this is important would be great!

So … Are you in?? Here is what we need from you …

1)       Will you be attending (or not)? I need an organization name and as soon as possible and a contact name for further communications about the event.

2)       Do you have something you can donate as a giveaway to all or many participants at the door (something functional)?

3)       Do you have something that we can use as door prizes (something to help people take the next step)?

4)       Spread the Word! Join the Facebook Event! Share this information with other organizations or send me contact information that I can follow up with for other organizations that should have a booth!

The Mend-It Café was well received last year as a way to help participants keep good clothes out of the land fill, or at least think a little more about it! Imagine, volunteers with sewing machines and button attachment know-how and other such clothing repair skills sharing their machines and abilities with others – it was lovely!  We will be looking for volunteers with know-how around some basic clothing repair. If you know anyone who can help with: sewing, buttons, fixing zippers, hemming … please share! This year we will also be working as a community to build a quilt to be donated to the Veterans Pavilion.

A little more information about the fair:

– Depending on how many people join us, each booth will have between 3-6ft of table space (assuming that some organizations may have to share a banquet table).  If you have an organization that you would like to share a table with, do let me know!

– Have someone at your booth for the duration of the event; there is lots of time now to organize a shift or two.

– NLEN is hoping to have someone move around to offer relief to booths with only one volunteer available.

– Last year there were about 100 people through our doors … with that in mind let’s get the word out so we can double that this year!

Register quickly online here:

Email  or Call Denise at The Fluvarium if you have any questions (754-3474). We look forward to working with you to make this an amazing event!


Corner Brook Christmas Bird Count

Posted on behalf of Humber Natural History Society (HNHS)

December 16th

Corner Brook to Little Rapids

People will count birds by walking/driving/skiing within a preset circle which includes Corner Brook and extends from Massey Drive around Curling to Mount Moriah, and out the Humber Valley to Little Rapids. A social follows to tally the results.
You must preregister so that there is no overlap in areas covered.
If interested in participating, please contact Lois Bateman

Humber Natural History Society AGM

Posted on behalf of the Humber Natural History Society,

Annual General Meeting at 7 PM on December 5, 2017, in the Board Room of the Pollett Building (on Riverside Drive, Corner Brook).
Members are encouraged to attend and help plan next year’s activities. There will be a short presentation by Janice Flynn, Bay St. George Bird Society: “The application of Citizen Science in Bird Conservation”. This will be followed by the Annual General Meeting – reports on the year’s activities and finances, election of executive, next year’s activities. Please consider volunteering.

The format will consist of three parts:

1. A short presentation by Janice Flynn, Bay St. George Bird Society:
“ The application of Citizen Science in Bird Conservation”

2. Annual General Meeting – reports on the year’s activities and finances, election of executive, next year’s activities

3. Social – refreshments

Becoming an Urban Naturalist: A Walk Around Long Pond

Where: Long Pond, meet in the Fluvarium parking lot (5 Nagles Place, St. John’s) – look for the NatureNL banner
When: Saturday, November 25, 10 am – 12 pm

NatureNL and the NL Environmental Educators are teaming up for our next event! Whether you are an educator looking for ways to interpret nature to all audiences, a naturalist hoping to learn more about what can be seen in the late fall, or just someone who enjoys a nice stroll, we invite you to join us for a walk around Long Pond. We’ll play a few nature-based games, share our favourite nature facts and end with a snack.

Don’t forget: Binoculars (or you can borrow ours!) and your nature facts; This event is family and kid friendly!
This event will run rain or shine, so please dress appropriately for the weather.