Northern Trips

One of our main priorities is to repeat atlas work done in Atlas-2, from 2001-05, covering the same squares and even a lot of the same point counts. This will primarily involve teams of four people canoeing northern rivers, especially those that pass through the Hudson Bay Lowlands. We are working to subsidize the cost of these trips.

The table and map below show ten of the trips we are hoping to run in 2023 and beyond. All of the 100-kilometre blocks in northern Ontario must be adequately covered by the end of 2025.

For the ten trips listed below, at least two people in each team of four need to be expert birders capable of doing point counts in remote northern Ontario, and all four need to be experienced campers and canoeists able to work safely in remote wilderness conditions. The trips vary in length from 7 to 17 days on the river, plus time getting to and from the north. Trips will run between early-June and mid-July to be at the peak of breeding bird activity.

If you are interested in participating in any of these trips for Atlas-3 — or you have other remote atlassing trips in mind — please complete the remote northern atlassing application form providing information about yourself and a trip you would like to do. We will get back in touch with you with the goal of getting as many trips as possible going for 2023 and beyond. We have drafted the Northern Atlassing Manual to give you an idea of what northern atlassing entails.

A map of 10 remote northern river trips proposed for 2023

Trip # Blocks Location Itinerary Length


1


15UWA, 15UWV


Little Sachigo Lake

Drive to Pickle Lake, fly to Little Sachigo Lake, paddle around the area, fly back to Pickle Lake, drive home.


14 Days


2


15UXA, 15UXB


Upper Sachigo River

Drive to Sioux Lookout, fly to Sachigo Lake, float-plane to upper Sachigo River, canoe downstream, float-plane back to Sachigo Lake, fly back to Sioux Lookout, drive home.


15 Days


3


16UCG, 16UCF


Lower Sachigo River

Drive to Sioux Lookout, fly to Sachigo Lake, float-plane to middle Sachigo River, paddle downstream to Ft. Severn, fly to Sioux Lookout, drive home.


15 Days


4


16UDF, 16UDG


Fawn and Severn Rivers

Drive to Pickle Lake, float-plane to Fawn/Otter junction, paddle downstream to Ft. Severn, fly to Sioux Lookout, drive home. Cars ned to be ferried from Picle Lake to Sioux Lookout.


17 Days


5


16UDB, 16UDC


Upper Albany River

Drive to Nakina, float-plane to Fort Hope, paddle downstream, float-plane from Washi Lake to Nakina, drive home.


14 Days


6


16UDE, 16UEE


Upper Winisk River

Drive to Nakina, float-plane to Webequie, paddle down the Upper Winiskisis Channel to the Winisk River junction, float plane back to Nakina, drive home.


15 Days


7


16UEF, 16UEG


Lower Winisk River

TBD


14 Days


8


16UFE, 16ULV


Ekwan River

Drive to Cochrane, train to Moosonee, fly to Attawapiskat, guided tour of Ekwan River and James Bay coast, fly back to Moosonee, train back to Cochrane, drive home.


14 Days


9


17UMS


Upper Moose River

Drive to Cochrane, train to Moose River crossing, paddle downstream to Moosonee, train back to Cochrane, drive home


7 Days


10


17UNS


Lower Moose River/Ship Sands Islands

Drive to Cochrane, train to Moosonee, tour the river estuary and Ship Sands Islands, train back to Cochrane, drive home


7 Days
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