50 Monkstown Rd. St. John's, Nfld. Canada. A1C 3T3
The Newfoundland South Coast Wilderness is home to one of the largest populations of Bald Eagles in North America and a number of nesting pairs are observable on our Coastal Safari. Birders will see a wide variety of seabirds around our wilderness camp.
Murres are amongst the 35 to 40 million seabirds that visit
rich waters of Newfoundlandland every year. During the winter months
ice free waters of the Newfoundland South Coast Wilderness
provide overwintering habitat for millions of arctic birds. In spring
these populations migrate north to their breeding sites and are
replaced by millions of birds that have overwintered offshore on the
Grand Banks of Newfoundland. They are soon joined by migrants from
southern latitudes and in the case of the Arctic Terns from the
southern hemisphere. By May these millions of birds are busily engaged
in breeding and nesting in hundreds of sites along the coast.
One of the most eminent bird scientists in Newfoundland and
Labrador is Dr. Bill
Montevecchi of Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador. As
well as conducting world class research on the interaction of birds
with the marine environment, Bill has been an outspoken advocate for
birds and sane management of our marine resources. Click here to
see some of his public writings and speeches.
Just about every small island and cliff face has a colony of nesting birds. The most important have been given ecological reserve status. The Witless Bay Ecological Reserve near St. John's comprises three islands: Great, Gull and Green. This reserve contains the largest Atlantic Puffin (Fratercula arctica) colony in North America. Green Island contains North America's second largest colony of common murres.
Birders interested in more information about Newfoundland
check with the
THE birding site operated by Newfoundland birders is: nf . birds
An update on the latest Newfoundland bird sightings is also
Birds are a predominant
focus of many of the Ecological
Reserves of Newfoundland and Labrador. Access is restricted or permits
are required before entering the reserve be sure to check before
setting out. Below is a complete listing with a link on each reserve: