This page is updated on a regular basis. Join the naturalists of Nature Calgary as they explore Calgary’s wild areas! All walks are free, and open to the public – you don’t have to be a member of Nature Calgary to participate. There is no need to call the leader unless that is specified. Just show up and go birding!
Willing to share your knowledge with others? If so, consider leading a field trip for Nature Calgary in your favourite birding area. Call Gus Yaki at 403 243-2248 to specify date and location.
There are also free birding field trips every Saturday morning at 9 am, conducted by the Wild Bird Store (8330 MacLeod Trail SE) and led by Jim St. Laurent. Phone the store at 403-640-2632 for details.
Paid birding courses are offered through the Friends of Fish Creek Park. To register or to get on a waiting list, phone Chris at 403 238-3841.
Mon May 20, 5:30am: Victoria Day. See 100+ species of birds within Calgary. Meet at Votier’s Flats, S end of Elbow Dr SW. All day. Bring lunch. Leader, Tony Timmons, 403-256-0754.
Mon May 20, 7:30am: Victoria Day. Visit Ann & Sandy Cross Conservation Area. Go 1.6 kms W of City limit at 85th St. SW on Hwy 22X, then left/S onto 160th St for 1.6 kms. Sign-in and deposit $2 per person at parking lot. Follow the Chevron Aspen and Fescue Trails; approx. 7 kms of moderately strenuous hiking (www.crossconservation.org, 403-931-1042). Register in advance with Leader. Grant Brydle, 403-720-4957, email@example.com as all hikes must be pre-booked.
Tue May 21, 6:30pm: Tues. evening Bird Walk, Inglewood Bird Sanctuary, E end of 9 Av SE. Leader, Kingsley Blades, 403-291-4278.
Fri May 24 / Sat May 25: BioBlitz St. Patrick’s Island, to document all species of flora and fauna present prior to proposed redevelopment. Fri, 8am & 6:30pm birding/botanizing; 8pm for moths & bats; Sat, 8am to 6pm, activities throughout the day. HQ tent will be setup at W end of Zoo Parking Lot. NOTE: Pedestrian Bridge at W. end closed. 12th St Bridge also closed, but will be open for this event. If you have expertise in any of the lifeforms, or willing to help, register with G. Yaki, 403-243-2248, <firstname.lastname@example.org> for updated details.
Sat May 25: Province-wide May Species Count. Contact Terry Poulton to register. C:403-860-0656.
Sun May 26: Province-wide May Species Count. Contact Terry Poulton to register. C:403-860-0656.
Tue May 28, 6:30pm: Tues. evening Bird Walk, TBA. Check website for potential update.
Sat Jun 1, 6:40am: Elbow River Birding Survey. Meet Stanley Park, 42 Av SW, just W of Macleod Tr. Walk to Glenmore Reservoir, ride back. (3.5hrs). Call leaders, APelzer/GYaki, 403-243-2248 to ensure vehicle space for return.
Tue Jun 4, 6:30pm: Tues. evening Bird Walk, Inglewood Bird Sanctuary, E end of 9Ave SE. Leaders: Janet Gill, 403 230-5671/Bernie Diebolt, 403 210-2446
Sun Jun 9, 3:30am: Dawn Chorus. Weaselhead Natural Area. Hear 50+ bird species. Meet parking lot, 66 Av & 37 St SW. Dress warmly. Leaders, Gus Yaki, 403-243-2248
Mon Jun 10, 6:30pm: Tour of Don Stiles’ Bluebird Trail in foothills, just SW of Calgary. Meet Anderson LRT station, next to Macleod Tr, S of pedestrian overpass. See young bluebirds in nest, and other locally nesting species. Leader, Don Stiles, 403-271-4689.
Tue Jun 11, 6:30pm: Bird Weaselhead Natural Area, meet in parking lot, 37th St & 66 Av SW. Leader, Andrew Hart, 403-279-5209.
Sat Jun 15, 8:30am: Bird Brown-Lowery Prov. Park. Meet at Anderson LRT Station (Macleod Tr), S of pedestrian overpass, for carpooling. Bring Lunch. Leader, Andrew Hart, 403-279-5209.
Sun Jun 16, 9:30am: Ghost River Watershed Alliance Hike. Benchlands, followed by BBQ – $10.00. For details, contact Leader, Gus Yaki, 403-243-2248.\.
Tue Jun 18, 6:30pm: Tues. evening Bird Walk, Hull’s Woods, FCPP. Meet in Hull’s Woods parking lot, Bow Bottom Tr, FCPP. Leader, Kris Fernet, 403-692-0239.
Sat Jun 22, 9am: Bird Inglewood Bird Sanctuary, E end of 9 Av SE. Leader, Penny Smith, 403-283-9260.
Sun Jun 23, 9am: Bird Sikome & Lafarge Meadows, FCPP. Meet at Boat Launch parking lot, S end of Bow Bottom Tr SE. Leaders, Wayne & Joan Walker 403-271-4578.
Sun, Jun 23, 10am: Bird/botanize rural property of Louise/Marlin Moore, 2 mi N of Bergen Cross Rd on Hwy 22. Rugged trails, wear sturdy footwear. Bring lunch. Great waterfowl viewing nearby. For registration and directions, phone Calgary 403-245-4271/Farm 403-335-9351..
Mon Jun 24. 6:30pm: Tour of Don Stiles’ and other Bluebird Trails in foothills, just SW of Calgary. Meet Anderson LRT station, next to Macleod Tr, S of pedestrian overpass. See young bluebirds and tree swallows in nest. There will also be other bird and flower watching opportunities. Leader, Don Stiles, 403-271-4689.
Tue Jun 25, 6:30pm: Tues. evening Bird Walk, Bird Beaverdam Flats Park. Meet S parking lot (Lynnview Rd & Lynnview Way, S of 62 Av SE). N from Glenmore Tr at 18 St SE, then left. Leader, Kingsley Blades, 403-291-4278.
Fri Jun 28, 8:30am: Explore Bow Valley Prov. Park. Meet Assumption School, 34th Av NW (NW corner of Sarcee Tr at Hwy 1) for car-pooling – or at 10am at Flowing Waters Campground entrance, E side of Hwy 1X, BVPP. Look for orchids, Indian Pipe, etc., with local authority Dene Cooper of Exshaw. Bring lunch. For more info, contact G. Yaki, 403-243-2248.
Mon Jul 1, 6:30am: Elbow River Birding Survey. Meet Stanley Park, 42 Av SW, just W of Macleod Tr. Walk to Glenmore Reservoir, ride back. (3.5hrs). Call leaders, APelzer/GYaki, 243-2248 to ensure vehicle space for return.