Wisdom of the Solo Canoe – Rob Perkins announces a new conversation series live on Saturday March 27 and Saturday April 3, 1:00 pm MST.

Rob Perkins has had a long association with QLF beginning in the 1980’s when we sponsored a research project of his in Northern Labrador.  Later, linking to our own focus on river conservation and stewardship, Rob carried QLF’s message during a solo paddle from the headwaters of the Connecticut River, 400 miles south to Long Island Sound.

Rob is a consummate storyteller and adventurer.  He has a number of books and films to his credit.

Although we have no formal association for this program, we are pleased to be able to share the news of his upcoming talk, The Wisdom of the Solo Canoe. A welcome respite from many months of being locked down.

 

*Please note Rob is charging a modest fee for this program to support his work.

Visit Rob Perkins’ Square Site: click here

Quoting from Rob Perkins’ introduction:

Thank you for your question about the Wisdom of the Solo Canoe. Both days are about different aspects of the same river….. the Great Fish River. On the map it’s called the Back River. It’s the only northern river flowing only through tundra to the arctic ocean. It’s 560 miles long. There are no towns, and few people travel there. Most canoeists paddle a different river each season, but I chose to focus on one. I made that choiceIn 1971.  As the poet Rilke says in Letters to a Young Poet, if you fear somethings go toward your fear, make it your friend. Initially, traveling alone was scary….all that water, those miles, and no one around. There were bears, rapids, my own possible mistakes….but over the years, as I canoed the river multiple times, and traveled its tributaries, I fell in love with the watershed and solo travel. It’s never been the same river twice.

As I find the river endlessly interesting, I hope to make it  come alive for you. The two films viewed before the conversations provide context for many who do not know me. The films raise their own questions, especially Talking to Angels…. my favorite. During the question and answer period we can go as deep as you like …. technically, or poetically. If life is what happens between the facts, there is a lot to talk about.
Sincerely,
Rob

Living Rivers Newsletter, Volume 3, November 2020

QLF Partner, Intervale Associates, founded by QLF Senior Consultant Kathleen Blanchard, is a not-for-profit organization incorporated in Newfoundland and Labrador. Its mission is to conserve biodiversity, interpret heritage, and protect the integrity of rural livelihoods. Intervale conducts programs that focus on fish and wildlife conservation and the recovery of species at risk, working with regional networks of communities, industry, development associations, university, and citizens.
Intervale has recently published the third volume of their newsletter, Living Rivers. Living Rivers is a multi-year, collaborative project for the conservation of rivers and Atlantic salmon populations in Newfoundland and Labrador. The work engages volunteers and partnering organizations, including the Quebec Labrador Foundation. . Click the link below to read the third volume of the Living Rivers Newsletter.Living Rivers Newsletter Vol. 3-2 Nov 2020

QLF Alumna Kathryn Olmstead publishes, Stories of Aroostook

For nearly thirty years, Echoes magazine brought the culture, heritage, landscape, and people of Aroostook County to readers in Maine and across the United States. Publisher Kathryn Olmstead, who founded the magazine along with Gordon Hammond, once told a newspaper: “In our experience, a place like Aroostook County is the kind of place most people can only imagine.” Olmstead and Hammond, both “from away” set out to share the experience of living in an area where people not only leave vehicles unattended and unlocked, but running in the winter to keep the engines warm. But what started as a portrait of a place, quickly evolved into a magazine with a mission—affirming the value of living simply with respect for nature, not as an escape, but as a way of life. Stories of Aroostook is a curated collection of articles and essays from the pages of the beloved quarterly magazine, all capturing the spirit and sense of place that makes Aroostook County unforgettable. For additional information and purchasing

QLF Alumnus Greig Cranna exhibits portraits of President Obama taken by former White House photographer, Pete Souza in the window of his BRIDGE Gallery in Cambridge, Massachusetts

Photojournalist and longtime QLF friend Greig Cranna shares a new exhibit of President Barack Obama portraits at his BRIDGE Gallery in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The exhibit, “An Intimate Portrait of the Obama White House” showcases the works by the former White House photographer, Pete Sousa, who served the Obama administration for 8 years.

Greig Cranna, in front of his BRIDGE Gallery, Cambridge, MA

 

Greig is a longtime friend of QLF and has been documenting the impact of QLF’s Internships in Conservation across Eastern Canada for more than 40 decades. Greig has traveled extensively in the Canadian Maritimes, photographing seabird research, Atlantic salmon research, aquaculture, environmental issues, and ecotourism. Greig has participated in and photographed countless QLF programs, from Canada to Long Island Sound, Hungary to Argentina, and has played an invaluable role in promoting the QLF mission. Greig’s interests also include education, agriculture and architecture.

 

 

 

Recommended reading: Compass, the QLF Annual Newsletter, 2015 edition – an article written by Greig, with accompanying photographs, on his experience with QLF

Visit the exhibit, “An Intimate Portrait of the Obama White House” at the BRIDGE Gallery, #5 Pemberton Street in Cambridge, MA

For more information, visit the gallery’s website or Greig’s photography website.

 

Gallery founder Greig Cranna said about 50 people drop by each day. DAVID L. RYAN/GLOBE STAFF

Released Back into the Environment: On the Road to a Blue Future

Last year, QLF coordinated a research internship with Friends of Sebago Lake and Friends of Merrymeeting Bay focusing on researching information on the impacts of reservoir dams and flow regulation on lake, river, estuarine, and ocean systems.

The winter edition of Friends of Merrymeeting Bay’s newsletter, Merrymeeting News, features an article written by our former research intern, Kiran Yendamuri. Click on the image below to read the full newsletter.

Friends of Sebago Lake was founded in 1992 to promote an understanding of the interconnected harmful impacts of unnatural freshwater flows by dam regulation and to advocate for the restoration of natural freshwater seasonal water flows from inland waters to the seas.

Founded in 1975, Friends of Merrymeeting Bay (FOMB) takes a holistic approach to protect Merrymeeting Bay, combining research, education, advocacy, and land conservation. With approximately 375 members, one staff person, and 125 volunteers contributing over 3,000 hours of service annually, FOMB is the only conservation organization in the area implementing these diverse tactics to achieve biological and cultural protection of the Bay as a whole.

 

QLF hosts first Conservation and Cultural Exchange Program with Mongolia

With support from the Trust for Mutual Understanding and in partnership with the Mongol Ecology Center (MEC), a QLF East Asia Conservation and Cultural Exchange Program was convened in March 2019. It was QLF’s first exchange with Mongolia, and first partnership with the MEC, a non-governmental organization. The Director of Public Administration & Management in the Ministry of the Environment and Tourism of Mongolia, the Director of the Ulaanbaatar Environmental Department, and a MEC board member represented the delegation of three.

The theme of the exchange was Sustainable Communities ~ Urban to Rural. Sustainable communities are defined here as economically viable, environmentally and socially responsible, and culturally respectful. Conservation challenges in Mongolia include habitat loss and fragmentation, loss of biodiversity and, climate change and its impacts. In addition, wildlife plays an important role in traditional Mongolian culture, with reverence for animals and nature remaining important today, especially among rural communities.

Appalachian Trail, Harpers Ferry, WV From right to left: G. McHugh, O. Batkhuu, T. Purev, L. Potteiger, B. Erkhembayar.
PHOTO BY C. WILBUR

Over the course of seven days, we had opportunities to see and hear how the protection of nature can be both an economic and community asset from federal, state, and local governments, the private, academic, and non-profit sectors and the public in New England and Washington, D.C.

Our meetings and site visits were with individuals encompassing a broad cross-section of professional, community, and cultural backgrounds. We learned about US organizations and their programs, and about their collaborations with other institutions and the public.

U.S. Department of Interior, Washington D.C. B. Erkhembayer (left) and T. Purev
PHOTO BY O. BAKTHUU

Our US hosts learned about Mongolian organizations, programs, protected areas, and cultural heritage. These informal learning experiences enhanced our understanding of the challenges, practices and processes of conservation and cultural heritage both successes and failures.

A program goal was to build openly, respectively, and constructively international relationships and partnerships by engaging with various stakeholders. Outcomes from this goal include collaborative partnerships for Junior Ranger Training, re-opening the Museum of Victims of Political Persecution, development of a city park, and a QLF exchange to Mongolia.

Download the full report on the Exchange here.

Announcing The Robert A. Bryan Legacy Fund

PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY of QLF Archives
Bob Bryan with some of the first QLF Volunteers, Harrington Harbour, Québec, Canada, 1963

We can all share in a Tribute to The Ven. Robert A. Bryan in celebration of a life well-lived to causes well-served;

to people and community; to friends and family; to land stewardship, fisheries, and wildlife conservation; to the rivers of eastern Canada;

to the schools where he taught and coached; to Mike Dodge and Bert and I;

and finally to the organization he founded nearly 60 years ago the Quebec-Labrador Foundation.

Only once in a very great while do organizations benefit from a singularly important leader who boldly steps forward, offering a unique brand of inspiration and impact that is both transformative and enduring.  QLF’s Founder, Robert A. Bryan, is quintessentially that remarkable individual.

Since the organization’s founding in 1961, Bob Bryan has held his conviction that QLF has a higher purpose in today’s world through service to community and conservation.  Thus, in acknowledgment of Bob Bryan’s extraordinary accomplishments; in recognition of his unwavering support for QLF’s mission and purpose; in honour of his dedication and lifelong commitment to people, community, and conservation; QLF is pleased to announce The Robert A. Bryan Legacy Fund established In Memory of Bob Bryan, Founder, Quebec-Labrador Foundation – U.S. and Canada.

Inspired by the enthusiastic encouragement of the Bryan family, The Robert A. Bryan Legacy Fund carries the endorsement of QLF’s Governing Boards and Management, and serves as a Tribute to Bob Bryan’s lasting vision and his positive influence in all of our lives.

The Robert A. Bryan Legacy Fund provides ongoing support for QLF’s operations with emphasis on established, flagship conservation programs for which our Founder was a true champion.  Bob Bryan knew that philanthropic investment in QLF’s programs stretches far beyond the program duration, and represents a proven, high-impact investment in the next generation of conservation leaders.

Join us with a gift to The Robert A. Bryan Legacy Fund; and click here for a PDF brochure.

Lawrence B. Morris III Named 2019 Horace Dutton Taft Alumni Medal Honoree

QLF’s President Emeritus Lawrence B. Morris is the recipient of this year’s esteemed Horace Dutton Taft Alumni Medal.

The Horace Dutton Taft Alumni Medal is the school’s highest Alumni honor and is given each year to a person whose life work best typifies the school motto: Not to be ministered unto but to minister. Read the full article on The Taft School’s website.

Here is an excerpt:

“Larry Morris is an outstanding choice for the 2019 Alumni Medal. His life has been dedicated to the protection of critical and irreplaceable natural resources and the education of people, young and old, about the importance of that mission. His leadership has also transformed the QLF into an organization of international prominence, with influence far beyond its home communities. It is an honor to bestow the award upon Larry this year.”

— Holcombe Green ’87, Outgoing Chair of the Horace Dutton Taft Alumni Medal Committee

The Garden of Wisdom: Earth Tales from the Middle East recognized for several prestigious awards

The collection of entertaining and humorous children’s stories that grew out of a decade-long collaborative effort between partners in QLF’s Middle East Program—The Garden of Wisdom: Earth Tales from the Middle East—has recently been recognized for a number prestigious awards.

  • The Garden of Wisdom has received the Storytelling World Honor Award (Storytelling Collections) from the National Storytelling Network
  • After being considered along with hundreds of new releases, The Garden of Wisdom has also been nominated for the prestigious Green Earth Book Award
  • The book is also a finalist for the Foreword Indie Award, which is one of the most notable indie publishing awards that a book can receive

The traditional folklore in The Garden of Wisdom conveys life lessons that have been handed down through the generations: protection of endangered species, habitats, and water quality, knowledge of healing plants, and the virtues of truth, justice, and generosity. Time-honored wisdom shows children how to live in kinship with Earth and humankind while celebrating the wonder and beauty of nature. Stories are arranged by theme: Animals, Plants, Friendship, Stewardship, and Wisdom. A special section for parents and teachers reveals the sources of the stories, suggests lessons to teach, shares the journey behind this unique book, and includes a firsthand account of nature and environmental issues in the Middle East.

The book, which was edited by QLF alumnus Michael J. Caduto, is available online worldwide in paperback, hardcover and eBook formats. Signed, personalized copies can be purchased directly from Michael at: www.p-e-a-c-e.net

Little Egret (©2018 Dr. Anton Khalilieh)

Hoopoe (©2018 Dr. Anton Khalilieh)

QLF earns Four Star rating from Charity Navigator in 2018

Quebec-Labrador Foundation has again earned a top four-star rating from Charity Navigator, the largest and most utilized evaluator of charities in the U.S.  Receiving four out of a possible four stars recognizes QLF as exceeding industry standards in financial health, accountability and transparency.

Charity Navigator provides donors with essential information to give them greater confidence in the charitable choices they make.  Its rigorous rating system measures an organization’s financial health within seven performance metrics, and assesses whether an organization follows best practices of governance and ethics.

QLF is proud to receive this important recognition for another year.  QLF exists to promote global leadership development, to support the rural communities and environment of eastern Canada and New England, and to create models for stewardship of natural resources and cultural heritage that can be shared worldwide.