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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January 2019

Bird North Glenmore Park – January 2019

January 26 @ 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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New Event – Bird Carburn Park

January 27 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Carburn Park Alberta Canada + Google Map

From Glenmore Trail, go S at 18 St SE to 2nd stoplight, turn right & follow signs to Park. Meet in parking lot, leader Tony Timmons 403-256-0754.

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February 2019

Monthly Elbow River Birding Survey – February 2019

February 1 @ 8:15 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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Inglewood Bird Sanctuary – February 2019

February 2 @ 9:00 am - 11:30 am
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. Meet in parking lot. The Sanctuary is located at 2425 - 9 Ave. SE .From the Deerfoot Trail, take the Blackfoot Trail westbound exit to 19 St. SE, then turn left from this onto 9 Ave. Leader, Janet Gill, 403 230-5671. Beginners & families welcome.

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Bird North Glenmore Park – February 2019

February 23 @ 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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Snowy Owl Prowl 2019

February 23 @ 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Alberta Canada + Google Map

** Registration has now closed. However, you may email Melanie ( melaniesene@gmail.com) to be added to the waiting list. ** Once again we set out in quest for the legendary Snowy Owl on Nature Calgary’s annual Snowy Owl Prowl. Chances also for Gyr and Prairie Falcons; Rough-legged Hawks and others. Trip will go until approximately 4:00 P.M.. Mid-trip break. Bring lunch. Carpooling. Leader, Terry Korolyk. Registration is mandatory and will be limited to 20 people, 5 vehicles. Register with Melanie…

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March 2019

Monthly Elbow River Birding Survey – March 2019

March 1 @ 8:00 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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Magpie Dispersal – RESCHEDULED

March 2 @ 6:45 am - 10:00 am

This event has been rescheduled due to cold weather to March 9.  North Glenmore Park, Weaselhead Natural area.  We'll walk over to the edge to watch hundreds of Magpies leave their overnight roosting area as the sun rises at 7:18am.  Following this we"ll walk down into the Weaselhead to look for other winter birds.  Meet in the Weaselhead parking lot, 37 St. SW and 66 Ave.  As we will be standing around 30+ minutes watching the birds fly out so please…

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Magpie Dispersal – NEW DATE

March 9 @ 6:30 am - 10:00 am

North Glenmore Park, Weaselhead Natural area.  We'll walk over to the edge to watch hundreds of Magpies leave their overnight roosting area as the sun rises.  Following this we"ll walk down into the Weaselhead to look for other winter birds.  Meet in the Weaselhead parking lot, 37 St. SW and 66 Ave.  As we will be standing around 30+ minutes watching the birds fly out so please dress warmly.  Leader, Bernie Diebolt, 403 210-2446

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Bird North Glenmore Park – March 2019

March 16 @ 8:30 am - 11:30 am

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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Wed 20

Speaker Series – March 2019

March 20 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Sat 23
Sun 31

Birding West of Calgary

March 31 @ 8:30 am - 4:00 pm
Apr 01

Monthly Elbow River Birding Survey April 2019

April 1 @ 8:30 am - 12:00 pm
Apr 03

Bird Study Group April 2019

April 3 @ 7:30 pm