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.

 

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August 2019

Monthly Elbow River Birding Survey – August 2019

August 1 @ 7:00 am - 10:30 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. Registration required.

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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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Bird Burnsmead, FCPP

Bird Burnsmead, FCPP. Meet at the parking lot for Burnsmead E end of Fish Creek PP. To get there take Bow Bottom Trail turning left, S of 146 Av SE. Leader Anne Belton, 403-201-1570 or 587-233-7339.

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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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Bow Valley Ranche, FCPP

August 13 @ 6:30 pm
Bow Valley Ranch, 15979 Bow Bottom Trail SE
Calgary, Alberta T2J 5E8 Canada
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Bow Valley Ranche, FCPP. Meet at the parking lot on W side of Bow Bottom Trail SE. Leader Anne Belton, 403-201-1570 or 587-233-7339.

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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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Evening Walk in Inglewood Bird Sanctuary

August 20 @ 6:30 pm
Inglewood Bird Sanctuary, 2425 9 Ave SE
Calgary, Alberta T2G 4T4 Canada
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Inglewood Bird Sanctuary is located at 2425 - 9 Ave SE. From Deerfoot Tr take Blackfoot Tr west, turn left onto 19 St SE then left again onto 9 Ave SE & drive 1 km east to Sanctuary entrance. Meet in the parking lot. Leader Nimali Seneviratne, 403-265-8750.

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Confederation Park

August 25 @ 8:30 am

Meet at Rosemont Community Hall parking lot, 2807-10th Street NW. Located on the west side of 10th Street in Confederation Park. This small urban park can be spectacular for migrating birds. Birders of any level welcome. Leader Howard Heffler, 403-804-2489.

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