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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April 2019

City Nature Challenge. Britannia Slopes

April 29 @ 6:15 pm - 9:00 pm
Britannia Slopes, 4616 Britannia Dr SW
Calgary, Alberta T2S 1J6 Canada
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City Nature Challenge. Britannia Slopes. Plants, insects. From Elbow Dr. go W on 47 Av SW, turn left at Crescent Blvd. Park on Britannia Dr. Leader: Gus Yaki, 403-243-2248. 

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May 2019

Monthly Elbow River Birding Survey – May

May 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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 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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Meadowlark Meander at Confluence Park

May 7 @ 6:30 pm
Confluence Park, 300 Beddington Blvd NE
Calgary, Alberta Canada
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Meadowlark Meander at Confluence Park. Meet in the parking lot at Beddington Blvd and Beddington Trail NE. Leader, John McFaul, 403 289-9517. 

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Bird the Bow River Pathway

May 11 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 am

B, S side of Bow River, opposite Bowmont Park. From inner city, follow Bowness Rd W, turning right onto 67 St NW, just before RR tracks. 67th St becomes Bow Cres. Continue to end at Bow Village Cres. Leader: Gus Yaki, 403-243-2248.

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Bird Calgary Region 80 km Circle Northeast Quadrant

May 12 @ 7:30 am - 7:00 pm
Alberta Canada

Bird Calgary Region 80 km Circle Northeast Quadrant.  07:30 am to approx. 7:00 pm.  Be prepared to be out all day. Bring appropriate clothing, food and water. Meeting place will be in NE Calgary .  Registered participants will be advised of the meeting location to organise car-pooling prior to the event. Please email Andrew Hart andrewhart@shaw.ca by Wednesday May 8. Leader Andrew Hart.  Registration required. * Nature Calgary for the previous two years has offered a series of birding field…

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Inglewood Bird Sanctuary

May 14 @ 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. Meet in the parking lot. Leader, Nimali Seneviratne (403) 265-8750.

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CANCELLED – Pearce Estate Park

May 15 @ 6:30 pm
Pearce Estate Park, 1440 17A St. S.E.
Calgary, Alberta Canada
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Update (May 6): This event has been cancelled due to a conflict with the May Bird Study Group meeting. 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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Common Mosses and Liverworts of Calgary

May 18 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Common Mosses and Liverworts of Calgary.  South Glenmore Park. If you know the trees and flowers, it’s time to learn the common bryophytes (Mosses and Liverworts) of our area. This outing will be presented by Sandra Davis, a local Bryologist. The course will run 3-4 hours. Participants would need to bring a 10X hand lens, and there would be a 10-person limit. Meet at: South Glenmore Park, far west parking lot, (90th Ave and Oakmount Dr. SW). Please register with…

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Votier’s Flats

Votier’s Flats. Birding Fish Creek PP for resident and migrant songbirds and others. May go as far west as Marshall Springs. Meet in the Votier’s Flats Parking Flat at the end of Elbow Drive. Registration required. Either phone leader Terry Korolyk at 403-254-1878, or, e-mail him at piidpiper@hotmail.ca. 

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Birds and Geology of Edworthy Park

May 19 @ 8:30 am - 11:00 am

Birds and Geology of Edworthy Park. Meet at the west end of the Edworthy Pedestrian Bridge.  From North: follow Shaganappi Trail to extreme south end and continue straight into parking lot, walk across the pedestrian bridge to meeting point.  From South: Enter Park at west end of Spruce Drive SW and follow road downhill, park just before train tracks, walk across tracks and continue straight, follow the path to the west end of the Pedestrian Bridge.   All welcome, Leader Dave Russum, 403-284-4775.

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Pearce Estate Park

May 21 @ 6:30 pm
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Bird North Glenmore Park – May 2019

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