Wildlife in Newfoundland
Caribou, moose, and fox are some of the popular species of animals that may come to mind when thinking of Newfoundland and Labrador, but our province hosts dozens of species, from mammals to birds to fish. Some of the wildlife is native to the province, while others have been introduced over the years.
Newfoundland and Labrador is currently home to such animals as the lynx, the mink, and the coyote, and is host to migrating bird species such as the American Widgeon, Blue-Winged Teal, and several breeds of duck. We are also rich in marine wildlife – not only does Newfoundland and Labrador share the most diverse ocean life in the Atlantic, but the province is also home to thousands of freshwater lakes and ponds which host a variety of fish species as well.
Bird-watching is also very popular in Newfoundland, due to its geographical location and the migratory species that visit the province. Links and contact information are provided below for birders. (We’re also just around the corner from The Bird House and Binocular Shop*, a fantastic store for bird lovers and bird watchers.)
If fields of beautiful ferns or bogs with carnivorous plants attract your interest, Newfoundland and Labrador are also unique to a widely varied plant population. Because of its location on the edge of the North American continent, many of our plants reach the extreme of their range or ecological tolerance.
No matter where your wildlife interests may lie, our province will surprise and satisfy you with all it has to offer.
For more information on our wildlife, these links may be helpful to you:
Lists of wildlife, plant life, marine life:
Newfoundland and Labrador Environment and Wildlife
Newfoundland birding contacts and bird-watching information
Newfoundland Birders Field Checklist
* The Bird House and Binocular Shop
166 Duckworth Street, St. John’s, NL
Salmonier Nature Park
Ocean/Aquatic Life (Whale watching etc.)
Newfoundland Boat Tours:
Memorial University’s Botanical Garden
Migratory Birds Hunting Regulations
Provincial Hunting information