Field Trips

Join our volunteer naturalists for a walk outside in and beyond the Calgary area. Everyone is welcome – more eyes mean more sightings!  Field trips are held throughout the year and visit parks, natural areas and wildlands within the city and in the prairies, foothills and mountains. Every field trip is led by an experienced guide. Nature Calgary organizes special trips to explore natural areas beyond Calgary, including bus trips.

Upcoming field trips are listed below. For any questions about the field trips, please contact the field trip leader directly.

Nature Calgary updates the field trips throughout the year to accommodate trail conditions and weather. Become a member for the latest updates or check this page often for trip updates.

Field Trip FAQ

Before the trip

Who can join the field trips?

Everyone is welcome to join the field trips. Check the event description for the level of activity and length of the outing. If you have any questions before the trip, contact the event leader.

Who leads the trips?

All field trips are led by experienced naturalists. Our volunteers have walked the paths before and are prepared to answer your questions about the landscape, birds, plants or wildlife. If you’re interested in leading a trip, learn more about our volunteer opportunities.

What if the weather is questionable?

Calgary’s weather can change quick. To confirm the field trip will still happen, contact the trip leader and check this page for updates. If you’re uncertain, always contact the trip leader.

 

If the weather changes for the worse during the trip, the outing may be cut short. And sometimes, trips are extended if the weather is great and everyone is having a good experience.

How much do the field trips cost?

Most field trips are free for Nature Calgary members, with the exception of our special trips. If the trip has a fee, payment can be submitted through the website when registering for the trip. Non-members can join in most field trips and non-member pricing is available for our special trips.

Do I need to RSVP?

Most field trips do not require pre-registration. Some events, such as our bus trips, do require pre-registration. Please check the event details to confirm if pre-registration is required. If pre-registration is required, please contact the trip leader at least 24 hours in advance of the outing.

During the trip

Where is the meeting place?

The outings are located throughout and beyond the city. See the event descriptions for the meeting places and times – they are different for each field trip.

Do I need to sign a waiver?

Yes – all participants must sign a waiver and release.

 

What should I bring?

Bring appropriate clothing, gear and food for the conditions and expected duration of the field trip. Here is a suggested list:

 

  • Appropriate footwear and clothing
  • Sunscreen and hat
  • Insect repellent
  • Water, snacks and a lunch if going for a full day
  • Camera
Can I bring my dog?

No – we ask that you leave your dog at home.

Are there any ethics or etiquette that I should be aware of?

Participants are requested to stay with the group, let the leader lead, share the sighting and move quietly. For more information about birding etiquette please see the American Birding Association Code of Birding Ethics.

 

Have more questions? Contact the trip leader directly or send us a message with any general inquiries.

 

Upcoming Field Trips

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September 2018

Bird East of Calgary (destinations TBD)

September 20 @ 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Carburn Park Alberta Canada + Google Map

Meet at Carburn Park. From Glenmore Tr, go S at 18 SE to  2nd stoplight, turn right and follow signs to the park. Meet in the parking lot and bring lunch. Anticipated return around 4:30 pm. Registration Required, Leader Andrew Hart, 403-279-5209.

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Bird the Irricana Sloughs

September 22 @ 9:30 am - 4:00 pm

Bird the Irricana Sloughs; Strathmore area,then the Langdon, Chestermere, and, Shepard areas on the return to Calgary. Find migrating shorebirds and songbirds; waterfowl, Raptors, Gulls, and others. The first wave of Fall shorebirding is ending; the second wave is underway. Trip will go until approximately 4:00pm. Bring lunch. Carpooling. The meeting location is the Deerfoot City Mall parking lot west of the buildings there. Deerfoot City Mall is at 64th Ave and Deerfoot. Leader, Terry Korolyk; ph. 403-254-1878.

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Bird North Glenmore Park (September 2018)

September 29 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Meet in parking lot C just W of Rowing Club, accessed from S end of Crowchild Tr SW. (no 37st access). Leader Penny Smith, 403 249-5997

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Birding East (or south) of Calgary

September 30 @ 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Carburn Park Alberta Canada + Google Map

Meet at Carburn Park parking lot. Drive south from Glenmore Trail on 18th Street SE to second stop light, then turn right and follow signs to Carburn Park. Bring lunch. Expect to be back to Calgary by 4:30pm. Leader Howard Heffler, 403-284-2961.

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Thu 20

Bird East of Calgary (destinations TBD)

September 20 @ 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Sat 22

Bird the Irricana Sloughs

September 22 @ 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Sat 29

Bird North Glenmore Park (September 2018)

September 29 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Sun 30

Birding East (or south) of Calgary

September 30 @ 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Oct 03

Bird Study Group – October 2018

October 3 @ 7:30 pm