Atlas-3 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 nine of the trips we are hoping to run in 2022 and beyond. A more comprehensive list will be available later this fall. All of the 100-kilometre blocks in northern Ontario must be adequately covered by the end of 2025.

For the eight 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 10 to 14 days on the river, plus time getting to and from the north. Trips will run between mid-June and early 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 2022 and beyond. We have drafted the Northern Atlassing Manual to give you an idea of what northern atlassing entails.

*Please Note: trips 3, 4, 5, and 7 are in need of volunteers.

   
Trip #   
   
Target Blocks   
   
Location   
   
Suggested Itinerary (based on Atlas-2)   
Length of trip (canoe portion)
1 16UED, 16UFD Mukutei River Drive to Nakina, float-plane to Mukutei River, paddle to Attawapiskat River, float-plane back on plane that drops off Missisa Lake crew, then drive home.
Start in mid-June.
11 days
2 16UFC, 16UFD Missisa Lake and River Drive to Nakina, float-plane to Missisa Lake, paddle to Attawapiskat River, float-plane back, drive home. Start in late June – linked with pick-up of Mukutei crew.
10 days
3 16UEB, 16UEC Ogoki River Drive to Nakina, float-plane to Ogoki River, paddle downstream to Albany River, float-plane back, drive home. 12 days
4 16UFA, 16UFB Kenogami River Drive to Hearst, ground transport to the Kabinakagami River, paddle to Kenogami River and Albany River, float-plane back to Hearst, then drive home. 14 days
5 16UCB, 16UCC Albany River Drive to New Osnaburgh, canoe the Albany River to Miminiska Lake, float-plane to Pickle Lake, travel to New Osnaburgh. 12 days
6 15UVT, 15UUT Berens River Drive to Red lake, float-plane to Barton Lake – paddle to Stout and Moar Lake, float-plane back to Red Lake, then drive home. 13 days
7 15UUS Woodland Caribou Provincial Park Drive to Red Lake, float-plane to Artery Lake area in Woodland Caribou Provincial Park, paddle lakes, float-plane back to Red Lake, then drive home. Could paddle out if volunteers are keen. 14 days
8 15UUS, 15UVS Woodland Caribou Provincial Park Drive to Red Lake, float-plane to Rostoul Lake or Telescope Lake in Woodland Caribou Provincial Park, paddle lakes, roadside pick-up, then drive home. 10 days

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