About our Field Trips

Field trips provide an excellent opportunity for club members and the public 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 except for service dogs. 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.

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 to hear of any updates or 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 Card 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 or check the Lakehead Region Conservation Authority website by clicking here.


Upcoming outings:

Why not join us on our Christmas Bird Count?

Held every year on Boxing Day, 26 December. We welcome your participation even if you are a beginnig birder! It’s a great way to learn more about our winter bird populations in a friendly atmosphere.

To sign up and get more information contact Bill Greaves, CBC coordinator, email wfgreaves(at)gmail(dot)com or phone 807-766-8231. He will assign you to a leader of one of the survey areas. The leaders of each group will usually determine the start and end times for their count, however, you can expect to be out for most of the day. Please dress according to the weather and bring along a lunch. Afterward starting at 6 pm there is a pot luck supper hosted by Sue and Mike Bryan in their home at 143 Summit Ave. Please bring along something to share.

Feeder watchers are welcome and encouraged to participate. This year, Bill would like to expand the feeder watch program. Feeder watchers will be required to submit a checklist and the amount of effort (start time, end time, and total number of hours spent watching). The checklist is not additive, and instead is based on the most birds of each species seen at any one time. So if you saw 4 chickadees at one point in time and 6 at another, the total count for the day would be 6 chickadees, the highest count. Please, register with Bill Greaves ahead of time and advise how your checklist will be submitted. They are due by 5 PM on Boxing Day. We will also need your feeder address so we can assign your list to the appropriate area.

Living with Snow, or How Animals Live in a Frozen World – Saturday, January 20th

Join Gerry Racey for a winter hike at the Cedar Creek Conservation Reserve.  We will snowshoe through different forest environments, examine snow conditions, identify animal tracks and develop an appreciation for how northern animals, birds and plants cope with the snow and the winter environment.  Snowshoes are required.  Bring a hearty lunch, water, and dress appropriately for the winter conditions considering level of physical exertion, wind and temperature.  The hike will only proceed if daytime highs are forecast to be above -18oC.  Please notify Gerry Racey (807-939-1620; gdracey(at)tbaytel(dot)net) of your intent to participate.  Meet at the Movati Centre, form car pools, and depart at 10:00 am for the Conservation Reserve, approximately a 40 minute drive.    

Snowshoe Hike at Brule Bay -  February 10, 2018

We will walk along the shoreline of Brule Bay, looking at ice formations, lichens and an open spring that provides fresh water for the birds and animals through the winter. The walk to the spring is suitable for children. Meet at the Movati Athletic Club at 9:30 am. Contact Marian Childs 577-1324 or marianchilds(at)shaw(dot)ca    

Keep checking back here as more outdoor events are arranged!