2016 Algonquin Wildlife Adventures!
The AWRS's Tim Winegard in partnership with Tapley Nature Trail's renowned naturalist, expedition guide and photographer Robin Tapley and Jamie Giardini have developed new programs to highlight the world-class wildlife and research in Algonquin Park. Programs will focus on developing an understanding of wildlife life-history strategies (biology, ecology, and behaviour) and how this can benefit ones photographic, naturalist, or other outdoor pursuits.
New Workshops and Opportunities for 2016
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Save the Date! Our 2016 workshop options are in the works and will be released shortly. Please stay tuned for what is going to be another wonderful field season at the WRS!
The Beginners Adventure in Wildlife Photography
If you ever wondered or wanted an opportunity to become a Wildlife Photographer then you can join the Wildlife Education Team at the Algonquin Wildlife Research Station to experience a once-in-life-time adventure.
The Beginners Adventure in Wildlife Photography program has been specifically designed to introduce participants to some of Algonquin Parks unique wildlife species including moose, the common loon and small mammals. As a wildlife photographer you will soon learn that to get a collection of amazing wildlife shots you will need to understand your wildlife subject. Studying the habits and life-cycles of each species as well as their environments will help you to get the full picture of the animal in question. Guided by Naturalists, Wildlife Biologists and Photographers you will have an opportunity to observe and photograph wildlife species in Algonquin Park while adhering to the standards of the Ethical Engagement of Wildlife.
Loon Photography Workshop
The common loon (Gavia immer) is one of Algonquin Park's most iconic bird species. This migratory bird is known for its large size, spectacular black and white breeding plumage, haunting call and presence on many Canadian lakes throughout the summer months. This top predator has solid dense bones unlike many bird species that allow it to dive and hunt for fish at depths of up to 60m (200ft.). Breeding on remote freshwater lakes these devoted parents maintain pair bonds for like and only venture on shore to breed and nest.
Our Loon Photography Workshop will introduce participants to a number of approaches for photographing this difficult subject. Our programming stresses the ethical engagement of wildlife and the importance of understanding an animal's biology, ecology and behaviour. Guided by naturalists, wildlife biologists and photographers you will have the opportunity to observe and photograph loons and their young while developing an understanding of this top-predators role in the ecosystem. This workshop will introduce and expand your knowledge of this photographic subject and put you in the right place at the right time to capture stunning photographs under expert instruction.
The Moose Photography Adventure
Ontario’s iconic Algonquin Park is famous around the world to adventurers and nature lovers alike. Known for its vast expanses of wilderness, Algonquin Park encompasses over 7500 square kilometers of pristine lakes and forests, and is home to over fifty-three mammal species. Algonquin is unequalled anywhere in Ontario, and perhaps even North America for observing the largest of the ungulates-the moose.
The Algonquin Wildlife Research Station has a long history of studying this magnificent species in its natural habitat. Using the Wildlife Research Station as our base of operations program participants will learn about the biology, behavior and preferred seasonal habitat selection of moose, while getting a chance to photograph one of Algonquin’s most sought after species. As part of our Wildlife Education Program participants will join Naturalists, Biologists and Researchers on a photography expedition into the backcountry of the Wildlife Research Station.
Landscapes of Algonquin Photography Workshop
Few natural spectacles rival the eruption of Algonquin Parks fall colours. The hardwood dominated landscape glows with shades of red, yellow, and orange against the tannin-rich black and deep blue lakes of the area. Capturing the colours of fall is the focus of our Landscapes of Algonquin Photography Workshop.
This two-night three-day workshop will illustrate how to plan your photography outings so that you can capture the colours of fall like never before. From early-morning excursions to photograph fog cloaked lakes and their mirror-like reflections, to evening ridge-line hikes for panoramas and canopy shots this workshop will illustrate a variety of approaches to capturing stunning fall photographs. Program participants will also learn to identify a number of local plant species, and develop an understanding of their ecology and significance of the fall colours phenomenon.
Your adventure includes: two nights accommodation and meals at the Wildlife Research Station in Algonquin Park, wildlife education and field photography instruction (1:3 guide to participant ratio), onsite transportation to field locations, use of binoculars, spotting scopes and stationary wildlife photography blinds as well as guided access to remote areas. In addition based on availability a series of Nikon D7000 camera’s are available for rent during the course.
Workshop Participation and Pricing:
Workshops are based on a maximum of 8 participants at $525/person plus tax*. Cheques should be made out to Tapley Nature Trails, due to the limited availability a 50% deposit (non refundable) is required in advance to reserve space. If a camera is required please reserve in advance as we have a limited number available. (*A portion of all proceeds go to support wildlife research and 100% of proceeds remain locally).
*Upon request additional dates for programming will be considered for groups of 6 - 8 individuals.
*Please notify us of any dietary restrictions/allergies when booking.