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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November 2018

Bird North Glenmore Park – November 2018

November 24 @ 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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Bebo Grove in Fish Creek PP – CANCELLED

November 25 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Bebo Grove, Fish Creek Provincial Park, 13610 24 St SW
Calgary, Alberta Canada
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This event is cancelled due to the road into Bebo Grove is closed.  A new trip is scheduled for the same day - Bird Votier's Flats in Fish Creek Provincial Park Take Glenmore Tr SW to 14 St SW. Go S on 14 St to Anderson Rd. Turn right (West) and go to 24 St SW. Turn left (South) and follow it to its end in the parking lot. Leader Howard Heffler, 403-284-2961

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Bird Votier’s Flats in Fish Creek PP

November 25 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Take Elbow Drive to the very southern end and follow it to the parking lot. Leader Howard Heffler, 403-284-2961.

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Bird Votier’s Flats in Fish Creek PP

November 25 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Take Elbow Drive to the very southern end and follow it to the parking lot. Leader Howard Heffler, 403-284-2961.

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December 2018

Monthly Elbow River Birding Survey – December 2018

December 1 @ 8:30 am - 12:00 pm
Stanley Park (42 Ave SW), 4011 1a St SW
Calgary, Alberta T2S 2P5 Canada
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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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Inglewood Bird Sanctuary – December 2018

December 7 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Inglewood Bird Sanctuary, 2425 9 Ave SE
Calgary, Alberta T2G 4T4 Canada
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The sanctuary is located at 2425 - 9 AVE SE. To get there from Deerfoot Trail take Blackfoot Tr west, turning left onto 19 ST SE then left again onto 9 AVE SE & drive 1 km east to sanctuary entrance.  Leader John McFaul,  403 289-9517. 

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Scouting Xmas Bird Count territory

December 9 @ 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
420 Brunswick Avenue SW, 420 Brunswick Avenue SW
Calgary, Alberta T2S 1N8 Canada
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Scouting Xmas Bird Count territory in Elboya-Stanley Park, Rideau, Roxboro. Meet at 420 Brunswick Av SW. Return for hot lunch at noon. Advance registration required. Leader: Gus Yaki, 403-243-2248.

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Bird North Glenmore Park – December 2018

December 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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January 2019

Monthly Elbow River Birding Survey – January 2019

January 2, 2019 @ 8:30 am - 12:00 pm
Stanley Park (42 Ave SW), 4011 1a St SW
Calgary, Alberta T2S 2P5 Canada
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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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Shannon Terrace Birding

January 11, 2019 @ 8:30 am - 12:00 pm

Look for winter birds.  Meet at parking lot.  Travel to West end of Anderson Rd, south on 37st S, left (East) on 130ave, right on  Wood Path Rd.   Please register with leader Andrew Hart (andrewhart@shaw.ca or (403) 279-5209) to ensure notification in the event of a weather related cancellation or rescheduling. 

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Wed 21

Speaker Series – November 2018

November 21 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Sat 24

Bird North Glenmore Park – November 2018

November 24 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Sun 25

Bebo Grove in Fish Creek PP – CANCELLED

November 25 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Sun 25

Bird Votier’s Flats in Fish Creek PP

November 25 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Sun 25

Bird Votier’s Flats in Fish Creek PP

November 25 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm