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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December 2019

Bird North Glenmore Park Dec 2019

December 28 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Bird North Glenmore Park. Meet in parking lot C just W of Rowing Club, accessed from S end of Crowchild Tr SW or from 37 St.  Leader Penny Smith, 403 249-5997.

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January 2020

Monthly Elbow River Birding Survey Jan 2020

January 2, 2020 @ 8:30 am - 12:00 pm
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 or gyaki@calcna.ab.ca to ensure vehicle space for return. Registration required.

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Annual Snowy Owl Pre-Prowl

January 11, 2020 @ 9:30 am - 4:00 pm

Annual Snowy Owl Pre-Prowl. This is the precursor to the annual February Snowy Owl Prowl: a quest for the much sought after visitor from the north. Bring lunch. Trip will go until approx. 4:00 PM. Meet at the west end of the Deerfoot City Mall parking lot. Register with leader Terry Korolyk by email at piidpiper@hotmail.ca, or by phone: 403-254-1878. Registration required.

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Carburn Park Jan 16

January 16, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 11:30 am
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Carburn Park. Look for winter birds in the trees and on the river. Meet in parking lot. Bring binoculars and dress appropriately. Carburn Park is reached by turning south from Glenmore Trail onto 18 St SE, right onto Rivervalley Dr SE and then left onto Riverview Dr SE (2nd left, ignoring cul du sac). Please register with leader Andrew Hart (andrewhart*@*shaw.ca or 403-980-1538) to ensure notification in the event of a weather-related cancellation or rescheduling. Registration required.

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Bird Shannon Terrace Jan 25

January 25, 2020 @ 8:30 am - 12:00 pm

Bird Shannon Terrace. Look for winter birds. Meet at parking lot. Travel to W end of Anderson Rd, S on 37 St S, left (east) on 130 Av, right on Wood Path Rd. Leader Howard Heffler, 403-804-2489 (cell). Please email hheffler*@*shaw.ca. Registration required.

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Bird North Glenmore Park Jan 2020

January 25, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Bird North Glenmore Park. Meet in parking lot C just W of Rowing Club, accessed from S end of Crowchild Tr SW or from 37 St.  Leader Penny Smith, 403 249-5997.

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February 2020

Monthly Elbow River Birding Survey Feb 2020

February 1, 2020 @ 8:15 am - 12:00 pm
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 or gyaki@calcna.ab.ca to ensure vehicle space for return. Registration required.

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Wed 18

Nature Calgary 2019 AGM

December 18 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Sat 28

Bird North Glenmore Park Dec 2019

December 28 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Jan 02

Monthly Elbow River Birding Survey Jan 2020

January 2, 2020 @ 8:30 am - 12:00 pm
Jan 08

Bird Study Group – January 2020

January 8, 2020 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Jan 11

Annual Snowy Owl Pre-Prowl

January 11, 2020 @ 9:30 am - 4:00 pm