Encouraging the appreciation, observation, study, conservation and protection of all components of the natural world.

© Anne K. Elliott

Events

Nature Calgary offers a wide variety of nature presentations, Bird Study Group speaker meetings, an annual banquet, and field trips year-round. See all upcoming events.

Speaker Series (Monthly, September through May):

Our main speaker series showcases presentations on natural history, scientific research, and travel topics from knowledgeable speakers — after all, you can’t ask questions of a TV documentary!

We meet at Cardel Theatre, in Quarry Park. View Map of Cardel Theatre

Public Transit to Cardel Theater (bus #302, stop #3893 and 3530)

Bird Study Group meetings feature speakers, announcements, and quizzes on birding topics. Come, listen, and meet other birders over coffee! View Map of U of C Bio Sciences

To suggest a speaker or topic please call John McFaul 403-289-9517 or Contact Us.


Upcoming Speaker Series

  • 12 Apr 2017 7:30 pm

    Bird Study Group - April Meeting: "Pelagic Birding"

    The April Meeting for the Nature Calgary Bird Study Group will feature a presentation by Dan Arndt, titled Pelagic Birding:

    Birding on the open ocean is not for the faint of heart, or the faint of stomach. On the west coast of Canada, from Tofino and Ucluelet, pelagic birding trips are infrequent, but provide some of the best opportunities north of the 49th parallel to see birds impossible to find within sight of land. While not a seasoned veteran at pelagic birding yet, Daniel Arndt will talk about his experiences on two trips out of Ucluelet in 2013 and 2016, and one smaller trip out of Tofino in 2016.

    This will be a great introduction, particularly for those planning to attend the Wild Research pelagic trip from Ucluelet on May 07th, which coincides with the 2017 Tofino Shorebird Festival!

    Bird Study Group now meets the 2nd Wednesday of the month, 7:30 pm, in Room 211, Biosciences Bldg, U of C. Contact, Andrew Hart 403-­‐279-­‐5209 or birdstudy@naturecalgary.com.

    Note: Bird Study Group meetings are free to Nature Calgary members as well as for non-members who are attending for the first time.  Non-members who attend a meeting for the second or more times are asked to pay a nominal fee of $5.00 per event.

  • 18 Apr 2017 7:30 pm

    More Than Birds In Texas

    For the April installment of the Nature Calgary Speakers Series, Bev Kissinger will present “More Than Birds In Texas:

    From wide open skies to the Rio Grande River, Southern Texas is a naturalists’ dream.  From snakes and lizards to birds and butterflies, there is no better way to taste the Rio Grande Valley than attending the Rio Grande Bird Festival in Harlingen Texas.  Join Bev Kissinger as she entices you with the tales of adventures and nature from the 2016 Rio Grande Valley Birding Festival experience.

    Please note that Nature Calgary general meetings and the bird study group meetings are free to Nature Calgary members as well as for non-members who are attending for the first time.  Non-members who attend a meeting for the second or more times are asked to pay a nominal fee of $5.00 per event.

    Note that Nature Calgary’s monthly Speaker Series general meetings will be held on the third Tuesday of each month this year, at Cardel Theatre, in the southeast area of Quarry Park.  This fabulous new theatre-style hall has been made available to non-profit organizations at very low cost by Cardel Foundations. Because of this, the Foundations would appreciate participants’ donations of non-perishable food for the Calgary Food Bank, placed in their Food Bank Box in the theatre lobby.

    Cardel Theatre’s address is 180 Quarry Park Blvd SE, a short distance south of Carburn Park. There is ample free parking.

    Driving directions to Cardel Theatre: On Deerfoot Trail, take the EAST Glenmore Trail exit. After you cross the Bow River, take the next exit (18 St. SE) and head south. At the 5th intersection, turn left onto Quarry Park Blvd SE, and then left again into the parking lot circle. Park in the parking area for CARDEL.

    Public Transit to Cardel Theater (bus #302, stop #3893 and 3530)

  • 10 May 2017 7:30 pm

    Bird Study Group - May Meeting: "Chasing 300"

    The May Meeting for the Nature Calgary Bird Study Group will feature a presentation by Gerald Romanchuk, titled Chasing 300:

    Gerald has been birding for a little over 15 years. He is a long time volunteer with the Edmonton Nature Club, serving on the executive since the club’s formation 12 years ago. He has led numerous club field trips. He is a co-moderator on the very popular Albertabird list-serv. (Alberta Bird chat site). Gerald will talk about his quest to see 300 species of bird in Alberta in a single year. He achieved this in 2013, an accomplishment which put him in very select company.

    The Bird Study Group: meets the 2nd Wednesday of the month, 7:30 pm, in Room 211, Biosciences Bldg, U of C. Contact, Andrew Hart 403-279-5209 orbirdstudy*@*naturecalgary.com.

    Note: Bird Study Group meetings are free to Nature Calgary members as well as for non-members who are attending for the first time.  Non-members who attend a meeting for the second or more times are asked to pay a nominal fee of $5.00 per event.

  • 16 May 2017 7:30 pm

    May Speaker Series: Nature Calgary at Waterton NP

    For the May installment of the Nature Calgary Speakers Series, Andrew Hart will present “Nature Calgary at Waterton National Park:

    Presented by Andrew Hart, past president, Nature Calgary.  For the last nine years Andrew has led the annual Nature Calgary “Waterton Weekend”.  The tenth trip will be this July, a wonderful way to enjoy the National Park in this 150th year of confederation.  Andrew will talk about the park, its flora and fauna, and some of the hikes that we have enjoyed on past visits.  The focus will be on places, birds, plants, and animals that participants can expect  to see on one of these trips.

    Come out and learn about this wonderful park in Canada’s 150th year!

    [caption id="attachment_5116" align="aligncenter" width="855"]Cameron Lake, Waterton Lakes National Park Cameron Lake, Waterton Lakes National Park[/caption]


     

    Please note that Nature Calgary general meetings are free to Nature Calgary members as well as for non-members who are attending for the first time.  Non-members who attend a meeting for the second or more times are asked to pay a nominal fee of $5.00 per event.

    Note that Nature Calgary’s monthly Speaker Series general meetings will be held on the third Tuesday of each month this year, at Cardel Theatre, in the southeast area of Quarry Park.  This fabulous new theatre-style hall has been made available to non-profit organizations at very low cost by Cardel Foundations. Because of this, the Foundations would appreciate participants’ donations of non-perishable food for the Calgary Food Bank, placed in their Food Bank Box in the theatre lobby.

    Apologies to any members who attempted to attend the March Meeting at the Cardel Theatre – This venue IS booked for this meeting – and special thanks to the Glenmore Inn for hosting the March presentation on short notice!!!

    Cardel Theatre’s address is 180 Quarry Park Blvd SE, a short distance south of Carburn Park. There is ample free parking.

    Driving directions to Cardel Theatre: On Deerfoot Trail, take the EAST Glenmore Trail exit. After you cross the Bow River, take the next exit (18 St. SE) and head south. At the 5th intersection, turn left onto Quarry Park Blvd SE, and then left again into the parking lot circle. Park in the parking area for CARDEL.

    Public Transit to Cardel Theater (bus #302, stop #3893 and 3530)