Explore, appreciate, and preserve all the best parts of Calgary’s nature.

Exploring birds, plants and natural areas in Calgary since 1955.

Nature Calgary is a community of Calgarians that promotes the preservation of natural habitats, provides educational opportunities and supports the collection of natural history observations. Together we learn, explore and share. Everyone is invited to join us.

Learn

Our monthly Speaker Series and study groups include researchers, natural history specialists and Nature Calgary members who have experiences and knowledge to share.

Explore

Join us for field trips and excursions in and beyond Calgary. Our focus is to enjoy and share natural history in a safe and respectful way. We have events for all ages – including our popular Nature Kids program.

Share

There are many opportunities to share your passion with our members and throughout Calgary – lead a field trip, speak at an event or represent Nature Calgary out in the community.

News

Calgary 2020 Big Year Birding Challenge

Nature Calgary is promoting a friendly “big year” birding challenge within Calgary city limits in 2020. This will follow the tradition of competitions held in 2000 and 2010.  See more information about the birding challenge.

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Windy Point Hawk Watch – Multiple Dates Available

Peter Roxburgh has offered to lead people on a real birding adventure in the Sheep River Valley. A strenuous one-hour hike takes you to a world-class hawk watching site with the chance of seeing up to 10 species of raptors during their fall migration. The proposed...

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Bird Calgary 2020

Nature Calgary is promoting a friendly “big year” birding challenge within Calgary city limits in 2020. 

Everyone is welcome to join the challenge! Challenge yourself to find as many species of birds as you can within the Calgary city limits in 2020!

Upcoming Events

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Calendar of Events

Nature Calgary hosts volunteer-led events throughout the year. View our Calendar of Events for the latest events.

Event Updates

Due to weather or conditions, events may be revised or cancelled. Any events with recent updates are listed below.

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May 2019

Pearce Estate Park

May 21 @ 6:30 pm
Pearce Estate Park, 1440 17A St. S.E.
Calgary, Alberta Canada
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Pearce Estate Park. A mid-week evening walk. Bird Pearce Estates Park (Sam Livingston Fish Hatchery). Meet in parking lot. 1440 17A St SE, N off Blackfoot Trail. Leader Phil Cram 403-815-0784.

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June 2019

NEW – Bird Douglasbank Park

June 8 @ 9:00 am - 11:30 am
Eaglequest Golf Driving Range, 45 Douglasbank Way SE
Calgary, Alberta T2Z 1W7 Canada
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Explore the area along the Bow River north of Mallard Point, from the Sue Higgins Bridge to Deerfoot Trail. Meet at the Eaglequest Golf Driving Range on Douglas Range Road SE. From Deerfoot Trail, go south on Douglasdale Blvd, then take the first right onto Douglasbank Drive. Drive 600 metres and take a left onto Douglas Range Road SE. Leader, Bob Lefebvre, 403-370-0556.

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UPDATED – Winchell Lake

June 16 @ 7:00 am
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Winchell Lake (new plan). We will drive to Winchell Lake ( about 45 minutes from the meeting spot) and spend the morning and early afternoon in the immediate area. We will try to minimize driving by selecting a few nice spots for short walks. Bring appropriate clothing, food and water. Register by email hheffler@shaw.ca by Thursday June 13. Leader Howard Heffler. Registration required. *see note re-car pooling requirement. * Nature Calgary for the previous two years has offered a series…

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NEW – Red Deer Lake nestbox trail

June 27 @ 6:30 pm

Tour of Don Stiles' Red Deer Lake nestbox trail SW of Calgary. See young Mountain Bluebirds and/or Tree Swallows in the nest as well as to watch for other bird species and flowering plants. Meet at the Anderson LRT station, next to MacLeod Trail just S of pedestrian overpass. Leader, Don Stiles, 403-271-4689.

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NEW – Women and Girls in Nature

June 29 @ 1:00 pm - 3:15 pm
Edworthy Park (west parking lot), 5050 Spruce Dr SW
Calgary, Alberta T3C 3B2 Canada

Join Nature Alberta's Nature Kids and Nature Calgary along with many knowledgeable experts for our Women and Girls in Nature event.  This event is for girls aged 7-14 and the special women in their lives to learn about careers in the science/nature/environmental field. Learn from women in various careers in this field and participate in a mini BioBlitz with our volunteer species ID experts.   Meet at Edworthy Park, 5050 Spruce Drive SW.  Pre-registration is required for this event and spaces are limited. To register email the Nature Kids Program…

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August 2019

New – West Nose Creek Park

August 3 @ 8:00 am
Beddington Golf Park, 9284 Harvest Hills Blvd N
Calgary, Alberta T3K 0B3 Canada
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Meet at the Beddington Golf Park (driving range). On the east side of Harvest Hills Blvd N, immediately north of Beddington Trail NW. (Enter “Beddington Golf Park” in Google maps) This is the west end of Confluence Park. This can be a nice spot for sparrows and, perhaps, sedge wren. Leader; Howard Heffler 403-804-2489.

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New Location – Common Mosses and Liverworts

August 10 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

The outing on August 10 for Common Mosses and Liverworts of Calgary with Sandra Davis has been moved to the Douglas Fir Sanctuary in the Wood’s Home area of Bowness. Sandra checked out the planned area in Griffith Woods and decided to change the location. To get to the site, follow Bowness Road, turn left at 48 Avenue NW, continue ahead for a couple of blocks until you reach the Wood’s Home gate. We will park and meet near the…

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New – Mallard Point I

August 13 @ 9:00 am - 11:30 am

Mallard Point. Look for early fall migrants. Meet in parking lot east end of Canyon Meadows Dr. SE. Leader Tony Timmons 403-256-0754

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New – Mallard Point II

August 15 @ 9:00 am - 11:30 am

Mallard Point. Look for early fall migrants. Meet in parking lot east end of Canyon Meadows Dr. SE. Leader Tony Timmons 403-256-0754

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Cancelled – Field trip to Kananaskis Field Station

August 17 @ 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
Assumption School (34 Ave NW), 7311 34 Ave NW
Calgary, Alberta T3B 1N5 Canada
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This event has been cancelled. Field trip to Kananaskis Field Station for birds and flowers. Meet at Assumption School, 34th Av NW (NW corner of Sarcee Tr at Hwy 1). We could look at both birds and flowers. Please bring lunch, bug spray and sunscreen. Leader Penny Smith, 403-249-5997.

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Field Trips

Over 100 outings every year to natural areas within Calgary and beyond.

Speakers and Presentations

Special guests share their research, experiences and insights in our Speaker Series and Bird Study Group.

Nature Kids

Learn and enjoy nature as a family with outdoor activities, games and kid-friendly presentations.

Nature Calgary is for all Calgarians

We are a non-profit and volunteer-run organization that connects Calgarians with nature. Everyone is welcome to learn, explore and share.