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 shows the trips we are hoping to run in 2024. All of the 100-kilometre blocks in northern Ontario must be adequately covered by the end of 2025. Adequate coverage in this part of the province is considered two squares for every 100-kilometre block.

For the majority of trips, 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 correspond with 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 your preferences of trips. Although we appreciate all applications and would like to run as many trips as possible, we will only be contacting selected candidates. We have drafted the Northern Atlassing Manual to give you an idea of what northern atlassing entails.

What’s covered by the Atlas?
For these specific trips, the Atlas is able to offer significant financial and logistical help but the expectation is that these trips are still volunteer-led and will require some financial commitment by participants. Specifically, the Atlas will pay for flights in and out of canoe routes and any guides needed, along with up to $500 in other expenses per trip. It’s the team’s responsibility to supply their camping gear, food, and travel to and from the plane start and end points. The Atlas can supply an InReach device for satellite communication. Where necessary, the Atlas will cover the cost of rental canoes.

What’s required by Atlassers?
Atlassers on these Atlas-supported trips are expected to ensure completion of the coverage targets (typically “full coverage” of two squares per block; i.e. 25 point counts and 20 hours of effort), including recording all point counts on (Atlas-supplied) Zoom handheld recorders. Atlassers are also responsible for supplying their own camping equipment, food, and transport to and from the designated start and end points of the trip. While the Atlas will assist with logistical planning for the overall trip, the development of the day to day plan is up to the Atlasser team on each trip.

Trip # Blocks Location Itinerary Length


1


15UWA, 15UWV


Little Sachigo Lake

Drive to Sioux Lookout, fly to Sachigo Lake, paddle downstream to Little Sachigo Lake, motored ferry back to Sachigo Lake, fly back to Sioux Lookout, 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


17ULU, 17UMU


Attawapiskat River

Drive to Timins, fly to Attawapiskat, shuttle up the river and then paddle back to Attawapiskat, fly to Timmins, drive home.


14 Days


4


17ULT, 17UMT


Lower Albany River

Drive to Timmins, fly to Fort Albany, shuttle up the river and then paddle back to Fort Albany, fly to Timmins, drive home.


14 Days


5


16UCC, 16UCB


Upper Albany River

Drive to Nakina, float-plane to Albany River, paddle downstream, float-plane from river to Nakina, drive home.


14 Days


6


16UFE, 16ULV


Ekwan River

Drive to Timmins, fly to Attawapiskat, shuttle up river, paddle down Ekwan River and James Bay coast, fly back to Timmins, drive home.


15 Days


7


15UUU


Black Birch Lake

Drive to Red Lake, fly to fishing lodge on Black Birch Lake and atlas by motor boat, fly back to Red Lake and drive home (two person trip).


7 Days


8


15UVU, 15UWU


North Spirit Lake

Drive to Red Lake, fly to fishing lodge on North Spirit Lake and atlas by motor boat, fly back to Red Lake and drive home (four person trip).


7 Days
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