About our Field Trips

Field trips provide an excellent opportunity for club members to meet new people and to explore our natural environment. However, we ask you to remember that the places we visit are special, so please do not pick plants or collect specimens on field trips. Leave dogs and other pets at home. Use your own judgement as to whether you bring a lunch and/or refreshments. Also, dress appropriately for the weather. Insect repellent is recommended for trips in May and June. No pets, please, except for service dogs.

If you have any questions regarding field trips, please contact either the marianchilds(at)shaw(dot)catrips coordinator or the field trip leader directly. The club is always interested in new ideas, so don't hesitate if you would like to lead a field trip or workshop or have an idea for one. Watch for the "FAMILY FRIENDLY EVENT!" notice on specific outings and bring your children along!

If You Plan to Attend

Please, call or email the field trip leader to confirm the date, time and place and an update on any last minute changes a few days before the trip is scheduled to take place. The leader will also appreciate knowing the approximate number of participants ahead of time.

When our walk is taking place on a Lakehead Region Conservation Authority property please note that parking fees apply. We encourage you to buy a season pass here: Explore Pass or at the LRCA office or pay $2 for a one time parking fee to help offset LRCA's costs for maintenance. Thank you.

If you would like to request or nominate someone for a particular trip or volunteer to lead a trip, please, contact the marianchilds(at)shaw(dot)catrips coordinator.

For other hikes in our area please check the Thunder Bay Hiking Association website by clicking here.


Upcoming outings:

Spring Forest Walk – Saturday, May 6th

FAMILY FRIENDLY EVENT! Join Marian Childs for a walk through the woods at the Ministry of Natural Resources tree farm to seek signs of spring, including the patch of prairie crocuses. Contact Marian 577-1324 to confirm.

Nature’s Evening Choristers – Friday, May 12th  - 8:00pm

This guided walk will take place at the Mills Block Conservation Area. We will look and listen for frogs and evening songsters. Wear waterproof footwear and warm clothing and bring a flashlight. Meet at the Mills Block Conservation Area parking lot. Contact  leader George Holborn at 622-2113 to confirm date and time.

Spring Sweep of the Casque Isles Hiking Trail - Sat., 13 May & Sun., 14 May

This is an annual trail clean up. A section of this trail runs through the TBFN Terrace Bay Nature Reserve. The staging area for the Sweep will be in Schreiber. For more info contact Matt Borutski at 807-229-6454.

Spring Warblers – Hurkett Cove Conservation Area – Saturday, May 20th

Meet at the Landmark Inn parking lot at 8:00 am. Bring a lunch and appropriate clothing for this day outing. Confirm with leader Tom Mitton 767-6035.

Bird Banding at McKellar Island Bird Observatory – Saturday, May 27th

This is an open house at Maureen & John Woodcock’s mist netting site to look at the work they and other volunteers are doing. Located on Baffin Street, this is an opportunity to see the migrating birds being counted, captured, weighed and banded. All interested members, youth and their families are urged to come out and even help any time between 8am and 1 pm. 

More information can be found at www.facebook.com/mckellar or phone John at 807-709-6870.

Dorion Canyon Country Birding Fesitval, May 27th & 28th

Sold out again! Details at: http://www.dorionbirdfest.ca/index.html

Mills Block Conservation Area Orchids – Saturday, June 3rd

Meet in the Mill’s Block Forest parking lot off John Street Road at 10:00am. We will have an easy 4 k hike in mixed forest with some small hills. Ryan LeBlanc will be our special guest. Bring insect repellent, beverages and a light lunch. Contact leader Bruce Childs 577-1324 to confirm.

Bluebird Bonanza – Friday, June 9th

Join Susan Robinson for this workshop/field trip to check on nesting bluebirds and their broods as part of TBFN’s Bluebird Recovery Program as well as searching for other birds in the Stanley Region. In addition to  seeing Bluebirds, (here's hoping!) we will head along Harstone Rd. and perhaps go to the TBFN property in Stanley. Meet at Movati  Athletic Club at 6:00 pm on June 9 th . Gather in the parking lot close to Arthur Street.   We will carpool as much as possible. Please contact Susan at hitchcroft(at)shaw(dot)ca" target="_blank">hitchcroft(at)shaw(dot)ca or 344-1739 a few days before the trip to check if we have nesting Bluebirds that will cooperate.

Mink Mountain –   Saturday, June 10th

This is an all day event to explore the trails and treasures of Mink Mountain and its birds. Bring a lunch. Meet at 7:30 am at the SW corner of the Movati Athletic Club parking lot on Arthur St. Contact Brian Moore 344-2986 to confirm.

Sleeping Giant Bioblitz – Saturday, June 17th and Sunday, June 18th

This is a call to all field naturalists to explore the park and identify the various plants in the park and along various trails. Contact Leslie Ng lesley(dot)ng(at)ontario(dot)ca to volunteer for special areas of interest or locations. Passes will be issued to those who pre-register.

Bog Butterflies and Moths – Saturday, June 24th

A walk through the William Bog area to search out butterflies and moths led by John Walas. Meet near the southwest corner of the Movati parking lot along Arthur Street W. at 12:45pm walk from 1:00 to 3:00 pm. Contact John Walas at 474-7633 or 345-3324 or  john(dot)walas(at)investorsgroup(dot)com In the event of rain the walk will be cancelled

Fledging Falcons – Friday, July 7th

Come out in the evening (7:30 pm) and watch fledging peregrine falcons as they try out their new wings. Exact location along the Nor’westers is to be determined. For comfortable viewing, bring a lawn chair, binoculars and a spotting scope if you have one. Contact Brian Ratcliff 768-8408 for directions and meeting locations.

Bowman Island trip – Saturday, July 8th to Sunday, July 9th

This trip is already filled.

Treasures in William Bog – Saturday, July 15th

Follow the pipeline into the bog in a search for orchids and other bog plants and their visitors.    Meet at the Movati Athletic Club at 9:00 am. Be prepared for wet feet! Contact Bruce Childs 577-1324. 

Pictured Lake – Saturday, July 29th

Join us on this walk into the lake on the Painted Lake Nature Reserve, which is one of TBFN’s prettiest reserves, near Oliver Lake. We will identify birds and vegetation in the forest that leads to the lake. The walk in and back takes about 2 ½ hrs. Meet at the Motavi Athletic Club parking lot at 9:30.    

Lichens of Thunder Bay – Saturday, August 19th

Learn about lichens with Erika North on this daylong outing to “Chippewa Ridge”. Meet at the Movati Athletic Club at 9:00am. Bring a lunch and sturdy footwear. Contact Erica at 343-8506 or email enorth(at)tbaytel(dot)ne" href="mailto:enorth(at)tbaytel(dot)ne" target="_blank">enorth(at)tbaytel(dot)net.

Late Summer Birding – Saturday, August 26th

Join Bert Harding on a driving tour to various spots between Thunder Bay and the border to look for birds. Members are asked to meet in the Landmark Inn parking lot at County Fair Plaza at 8:00 am. This is an all day affair, so please bring a lunch. Contact Bert at 630-4735 if you have any questions.

Native Archaeological Sites - Thunder Bay – Saturday, September 9th

This is a driving tour with Bill Ross to learn about some of the native archaeological sites in the city area. Meet at the Landmark Inn parking lot at 2:00pm. Contact Bill Ross at 345-2733.

Fungus Finds – Saturday, September 16th

Join Len Hutchison at 1:00 pm in the parking lot at the Lakehead Psychiatric Hospital to explore the nearby forest trails to look for various fungi. Contact Len at his office at 343-8508.

Hawk Weekend Festival – September 15th-17th

Celebrate the fall bird migration at the Hawk Weekend Festival. It is the annual festival held by the Hawk Ridge Bird Observatory in Duluth, MN. It is a wonderful opportunity to showcase one of North America’s best places to experience the fall bird migration through field trips, workshops, presentations, social gatherings, and more. This is an event that has something for everyone! Please check in late spring/early summer 2017 for more info at: http://www.hawkridge.org/hawk-weekend-festival/

Successful Plant Preserving – Sunday, September 24th

Celebrate 150 years of plant preservation and Lakehead University’s herbarium collection. We will learn how to use a plant press to successfully preserve plants for future use in a herbarium for scientific research. There will be a walk near the University and a chance to see the herbarium. Details to be confirmed.

The Forest with Max Squires – Saturday, September 30th

More information to follow.


Keep checking back here as more outdoor events are arranged!