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 Suggested Itinerary Length
1
15UWA, 15UWV
Little Sachigo Lake
Drive to Sioux Lookout, fly to Sachigo Lake, paddle downstream to Little Sachigo Lake and back, fly back to Sioux Lookout, drive home.
14 Days
2
15UXA, 15UXB
Upper Sachigo River
Drive to Pickle Lake or Nakina, float-plane to upper Sachigo River, canoe downstream, float-plane back out, drive home.
15 Days
3
16UCG, 16UCF
Lower Sachigo River
Drive to Sioux Lookout, fly to remote airport, 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 Sioux Lookout, float-plane from Sioux Lookout to Fawn/Otter junction, paddle downstream to Ft. Severn, fly back to Sioux Lookout, drive home.
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
Drive to Timmins, fly to Peawanuck, water taxi upriver, paddle downstream using pack canoes, fly back to Timmins, drive home.
14 Days
8
16UFE, 16ULV
Ekwan River
Drive to Timmins, fly to Attawapiskat, water taxi about 200km upriver, paddle back downstream using pack canoes, fly back to Timmins, drive home
14 Days
9
17UMS
Upper Moose River
Drive to Cochrane, train to Moose River crossing, paddle downstream to Moosonee using pack canoes, 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 by guided tour or using pack canoes, train back to Cochrane, drive home
7 Days

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