Frank Lake Birdwatching Trip, all levels.

No hike this time, just a birdwatching trip to Frank Lake, a short distance south of Calgary. At this time of year, we're not only seeing the return of birds that summer here, there are also plenty of migratory birds stopping by on their trip north. There is a short boardwalk with a birdwatching blind there, as well as some interpretive information. There may also be a chance for a short nature walk in the immediate area, depending on how muddy it is. Be prepared to whisper in the vicinity of the blind, so as not to disturb the birds or other birdwatchers who may be there.

Trailhead: Frank Lake parking lot. Head south from Calgary on Macleod Trail. From the High River overpass on Highway 2, proceed east on Highway 23 for 5. 1 km. There is a turnoff on the south side of the road that will take you to the main access gate and parking lot. During open hours, vehicles can proceed through this gate and continue for 1.6 km to the viewing blind.

Travel to trailhead: In your RSVP, indicate if you have a vehicle, and how many passengers you can transport, OR indicate that you are a Passenger. Transit users: I can pick you up from Heritage Station, please contact me to make arrangements.

Gear requirements: As the weather is very changeable at this time of year, be prepared with appropriate gear – check the weather forecast that morning. A bottle of water and a snack are a good idea, as well as your camera, binoculars, and any bird identification books you have.

Passenger gas share: 
$10 Please note this is per person, and in cash.

Start and return time:
 12:00 noon, returning in time for supper.

I will check the Meetup site for this hike in the early morning of the trip, in case anyone has any last minute messages.

I drive a light blue Dodge Caravan, and can transport 3 additional passengers. At the Meetup site, I'll place a sign for “Slow and Steady Hikers Meetup” in the rear window.

Who can attend: No dogs please. No children. Teens may be welcome, depending on the hike.

Waivers: As per the new policy for waivers, I will bring the group waiver form with me to both the Calgary Meetup location and the trailhead. You must sign it before you will be allowed to go on this hike. You will also be asked for the name and phone number of an emergency contact. Please come prepared with this information.

You are fully aware that organizers are not professional guides and you assume all responsibility for your safety and well-being. You are fully prepared with proper gear and you're physically fit to do this hike with the group.

 

 

 

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  • Linda

    Frank Lake - great place to get a good windburn! Because of strong winds today, most birds were staying on the water, among the reeds. But we did see some unusual ducks, and one hiker spotted what might have been a muskrat. Lots of space for a nature walk, and the water is still a bit high yet for nesting birds - give it another few weeks and it might be worth another trip.

    April 27, 2013

  • Janet W.

    Sorry that is heritage station

    April 27, 2013

  • Janet W.

    Hi Linda I am here at Heritage early. See you soon

    April 27, 2013

  • Linda

    HI Giselle,
    I'm picking up people from Heritage Station to drive to Heritage Park at 12:10 pm. I can give you a ride to the Meetup site, and we'll arrange everyone for carpooling there.

    April 27, 2013

  • Linda

    Hi Dorothea, if you can be at Heritage Station by about 12:10 or so, that would be great.

    April 24, 2013

    • Sandra

      Linda, just to confirm that I will be at the Heritage Station at 12:10. Thanks.

      April 27, 2013

  • Dorothea I.

    Sorry apologise for late cancelation( can not make it !

    April 26, 2013

  • Leanne B.

    Well need a ride from heritage lrt station too

    April 26, 2013

  • Shelley

    sorry, have a few sick kids at home- love springtime colds :-) Maybe next time.

    April 25, 2013

  • Linda

    Hi Shelley, You can certainly drive directly to the Lake, but I can't arrange car pooling for you from there. One of the main reasons we have a single meetup location is to arrange carpooling, especially for those who have no vehicles.

    April 25, 2013

  • Sandra

    Passenger please. I need a ride from Heritage LRT station too. Thanks.

    April 25, 2013

  • Shelley

    I live in McKenzie Lake, can I meet everyone at the Lake instead?
    I have room for 3-6 passengers (5-6 will be a little cozy). I can pick up at the Somerset train station.

    April 24, 2013

  • Dorothea I.

    Passanger will need a ride from Heritage Lrt Station

    April 24, 2013

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