Field Trips

Join our volunteer naturalists on outings within and beyond the Calgary. 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. Field trips are led by Nature Calgary volunteers with local knowledge. Nature Calgary also 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?

The field trips are led by volunteers with a passion for nature and for sharing their enthusiasm and knowledge with others. Our volunteers have walked the paths before and will try to encourage your interest in natural history. If you are 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
  • Binoculars
  • 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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May 2019

Victoria Day – Annual Nature Calgary Big Day

May 20 @ 5:30 am - 7:00 pm
Alberta Canada

Victoria Day – Annual Nature Calgary Big Day. See over 100 species at various locations within Calgary. Be prepared to be out all day. Bring appropriate clothing, food and water. Registered participants will be advised of the meeting location to organise car-pooling prior to the event. Please email: Bob Lefebvre wbird7@gmail.com  by Thursday  May 15. Leaders Rose Painter and Bob Lefebvre. Registration required. * Nature Calgary for the previous two years has offered a series of birding field trips from mid…

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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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Nose Hill – Spring Wildflowers

May 24 @ 10:00 am
Nose Hill – 64 Ave and 14 St Parking Lot, 6465 14 St NW
Calgary, Alberta T2K 5R2 Canada
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Nose Hill - Spring Wildflowers. Meet at parking lot 64thAve & 14th Street NW, Leader John McFaul 403 289-9517. 

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Bird North Glenmore Park – May 2019

Bird North Glenmore Park. 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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Carburn Park

May 28 @ 6:30 pm
Carburn Park Alberta Canada + Google Map

Carburn Park. Meet in parking lot. Carburn Park is reached by turning south from Glenmore Trail onto 18 St SE, right onto Riverglen Drive and then left onto Riverwood Road. Leader: Janet Gill, 403 230-5671

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June 2019

Monthly Elbow River Birding Survey – June 2019

June 1 @ 6:30 am - 10:00 am
Stanley Park (42 Ave SW), 4011 1a St SW
Calgary, Alberta T2S 2P5 Canada
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Monthly Elbow River Birding Survey. Meet Stanley Park, 42 Av SW, just W of Macleod Tr. Walk to Glenmore Reservoir, ride back (3.5 hours). Call leader Gus Yaki, 403-243-2248, to ensure vehicle space for return.

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Bird Calgary Region 80 km Circle Northwest Quadrant (Water Valley area)

June 2 @ 5:30 am - 7:00 pm
Alberta Canada

Bird Calgary Region 80 km Circle Northwest Quadrant (Water Valley area). Be prepared to be out all day. Bring appropriate clothing, food and water. We could arrange for some participants to meet in Cochrane if needed. Register by email hheffler@shaw.ca by Wednesday May 29. Leader Howard Heffler. Registration required. * Nature Calgary for the previous two years has offered a series of birding field trips from mid May to mid June to explore Calgary and the surrounding areas in the…

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Confederation Park

Confederation Park.  Meet in 10 St. NW Parking lot.  From 16 Ave NW, drive north on 10 St NW to the parking lot (first left turn after 23 Ave NW. This area has proven to be a favourite for migrating warblers & other songbirds.  Leader: Janet Gill, 403 230-5671.

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Bird Calgary Region 80 km Circle Southwest Quadrant

June 9 @ 7:30 am - 7:00 pm
Alberta Canada

Bird Calgary Region 80 km Circle Southwest Quadrant. Be prepared to be out all day. Bring appropriate clothing, food and water. Registered participants will be advised of the meeting location to organise car-pooling prior to the event. Leader Bob Lefebvre, (403) 370-0556. Registration required. * Nature Calgary for the previous two years has offered a series of birding field trips from mid May to mid June to explore Calgary and the surrounding areas in the Calgary 80 km birding circle.…

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Inglewood Bird Sanctuary

June 11 @ 6:30 pm
Inglewood Bird Sanctuary, 2425 9 Ave SE
Calgary, Alberta T2G 4T4 Canada
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Inglewood Bird Sanctuary.  Evening walk. IBS is located at 2425 - 9 Ave SE. From Deerfoot Trail take Blackfoot Tr west, turn left onto 19 St SE then left again onto 9 Ave SE & drive 1 km east to sanctuary entrance. Or follow 9 Ave SE east through Inglewood. Meet in the parking lot. Leader, Nimali Seneviratne (403) 265-8750.

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Pearce Estate Park

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Bird North Glenmore Park – May 2019

May 25 @ 8:30 am - 12:00 pm