Environmental Damages Fund

New funding announced for:
Québec / Newfoundland and Labrador

Application deadline: October 31, 2017
Location: Québec and Labrador
Funds available: $3,450,000
Use restriction: For investment in restoration, environmental quality improvement, or education and awareness activities in northern Québec and Labrador supporting the restoration of fish and fish habitat, with a preference for initiatives in the Bloom Lake – Caniapiscau River Watershed.  Please note: proposals must request a minimum EDF funding amount of $500,000.

For more information visit: http://www.ec.gc.ca/edf-fde/

NatureTalks – St. Johns

Facebook event: NatureTalks – St. Johns

The Nature Conservancy of Canada’s (NCC’s) NatureTalks speaker series is visiting St. John’s for the first time in its five-year history, on June 8th, 2017 at Memorial University.

NatureTalks is a thought-provoking evening of discussion. Join us as a panel of experts expand our views of Canada’s nature as a resource, an inspiration and a place that sustains life.

Event speakers:

-Karen Clarke-Whistler: Chief Environment Officer, TD Bank Group
-Dan Kraus: National Conservation Biologist, NCC
-Lori McCarthy: Owner/Operator, Cod Sound
-Richard Louv (video): Author, Last Child in the Woods, Vitamin N
-More speakers to be announced!

Moderated by:
Jane Gilbert: Vice President, Public Affairs and Communications, NCC

More information:
Price: $10 per ticket OR $15 for two tickets
Date: Thursday, June 8, 2017
Location: Bruneau Centre for Research and Innovation, MUN – St. John’s Campus, 230 Elizabeth Ave, St. John’s, NL
Time: Doors at 6:30 p.m., event begins at 7:00 p.m

Questions? Email events@natureconservancy.ca or call 1-800-465-8005

Nature NL May Public Talk: “Connecting New Canadians and Nature” by Liz Andres

May 18, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.
Science Building, Room 2105, MUN campus

Elizabeth (Liz) Andres will talk about our project, “Connecting New Canadians and Nature”. NatureNL secured funding for this pilot project and Liz served as the project coordinator. We collaborated with the Association for New Canadians and the Grand Concourse Authority to plan, carry out, and evaluate activities tailored specifically for newcomers to the province. Liz will provide an overview of the project, a comprehensive evaluation of the project, and will discuss the future of similar programming in St. John’s.

Elizabeth Andres is a passionate conservationist with an interest in the human dimensions of natural resource management. She received her M.Sc. in Conservation Leadership from Colorado State, where she approached research on resource access and community participation from a systems perspective. Elizabeth currently works as a research assistant in MUN’s Department of Sociology, and continues to seek out opportunities to utilize social science to better understand people and their connection to the environment.

NLEN/Royal Bank Blue Water Experiential Coastal Hike

May 14th, 9:30 am to 1:30 pm
Freshwater Bay Head Trail, south of St. John’s

Newfoundland and Labrador and Environment Network (NLEN) in partner with Royal Bank Blue Water staff are putting together one last experiential coastal hiking tour down Freshwater Bay Trail.  As some of you know, NLEN have been taking students from Grade 4 and 5 (2015 – 2017) down along the hiking trails to learn about the morphology of the coast in response to processes such as plate tectonics, glaciation, storm, wave and human impact.  We also discuss watershed health, as well as plant and animal diversity unique to Newfoundland, and how to critically think about our relationships and contributions.  We have a cap of 25 participants – welcoming both parents, children and members of NLEN (join today!)

If you would like to participate please contact sheridanthompson@hotmail.com to register.  Hope to see you there!

Organizations invited to join ENGO and DFO –Ecosystems Management Discussion Forum


DFO’s Ecosystems Management Branch and the Newfoundland and Labrador Environmental Network (NLEN) have been working to develop a Draft Terms of Reference for the “ENGO and DFO –Ecosystems Management Discussion Forum” (the Forum) within the Newfoundland and Labrador Region. The “Forum” will be used as the primary venue to facilitate engagement, discussion and relationship building between DFO Ecosystems Management (EM) Branch  and the ENGO community.  An initial meeting of the “Forum” is scheduled for Wednesday May 3rd, 2017 at DFO’s Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Centre in St. John’s.

Participation in this Forum is open to all ENGOs within Newfoundland and Labrador who have an interest in DFO’s mandate, but is limited to one member, or his/her alternate, to attend as their representative. Any environmental organization interested in having a representative participate should email Connie Dobbin-Vincent at Connie.Dobbin-Vincent@dfo-mpo.gc.ca , by April 21st, 2017. There will an opportunity for individuals to teleconference should you not be able to attend in person.


An official agenda and meeting details will be provided in the coming weeks.   Agenda items will include:

–          Review and discussion on the TOR including “Co-Chair” representation from the ENGO community

–          Updates from EM Branch programs on current initiatives and engagement opportunities. (i.e. Fisheries Protection Program, Oceans Program, Species at Risk Program and Aquaculture Management)

A copy of the Draft TOR for the “Forum” can be downloaded here.

If you have any questions on the Forum or  possible agenda items, please contact Jason Kelly at jason.kelly@dfo-mpo.gc.ca or Blair Thorne at Blair.Thorne@dfo-mpo.gc.ca


Muskrat Falls and Methylmercury Talk by Trevor Bell

Nature NL April Public Lecture

April 20th, 7:30PM
SN2067, Memorial University
Free parking in Lot 15B by the Music School when the gates are open.

For Nunatsiavut, the downstream impacts of the Muskrat Falls project on their people and homeland are potentially too devastating to leave to chance, or to Nalcor’s speculative calculations. To address this uncertainty, Nunatsiavut initiated the Lake Melville: Our Environment, Our Health project. They assembled a team of independent researchers from Memorial University, the University of Manitoba, and Harvard University to carry out a detailed study of Lake Melville estuary, and most notably the downstream fate of methylmercury—a particularly nasty toxin for humans that is abundantly produced in newly flooded reservoirs.

The results of the methylmercury research led by Harvard University not only substantiate the Joint Review Panel’s scepticism of Nalcor’s claims of “no measurable effects” downstream, they also indicate that under the current Nalcor plan for reservoir clearing, there will likely be significant bioaccumulation of methylmercury in the Lake Melville food web.

Trevor Bell is University Research Professor in Geography at Memorial University. For over three decades he has studied landscape history from a variety of perspectives, including climate change impacts and human-environment interactions. He has played an important role in the ArcticNet NCE, both as project leader and coordinator of the eastern Arctic integrated regional impact assessment. One of these ArcticNet projects, Nunatsiavut Nuluak, co-led with Tom Sheldon, former Director of Environment for the Nunatsiavut Government, focused on Labrador fiords including Lake Melville. Trevor has led the recent development of the SmartICE initiative, which supports safer travel for sea-ice users and shipping in northern coastal regions. SmartICE is a recipient of the 2016 Arctic Inspiration Prize. He is a founding member and co-lead of CACCON, the Circum-Arctic Coastal Communities Knowledge Network.

“Exploring the Limestone Barrens of NL” Book Launch in Corner Brook

Tuesday April 11th, 7:30PM
FC2014, Grenfell Campus

Corner Brook launch of “Exploring the Limestone Barrens of Newfoundland and Labrador”. While wildflowers are prominent in the book, other organisms and features of the limestone barrens are also described. Written by Michael Burzynski, Anne Marceau and Henry Mann.There will be an illustrated presentation by the authors, who will also be available to sign books afterwards. Bring your copy to be autographed or take the opportunity to purchase one while all three authors are available to personalize it. Humber Natural History Society helped to support the publication of this book by the Gros Morne Cooperating Association.

Refreshments will be served.