HOW WE RUN BIRDING TOURS SAFELY DURING COVID-19 OUTBREAK

Despite the Covid-19 outbreak, LSWR will make every effort to continue to provide a safe place for injured & orphaned wild animals in need of care.   We will continue to adapt to the situation as it changes in the coming days, weeks, months. Our hearts are with those impacted directly by this virus and wish everyone well as we work together to be safe.

We believe that our full day and half day birding tours for individuals and small family groups can continue to run during the current COVID-19 outbreak by following these basic safety measures.

  1. Clients must drive themselves in their own personal or rented vehicle. The leader will drive in a separate vehicle. We will use cell phones or radios to communicate between each other during the tour.
  2. Any tour will be rescheduled at no additional cost or refunded  if either the leader or any of the clients show any signs of illness (coughing, sneezing, sore throat, etc.).
  3. At birding stops and trail hikes, the leader will follow safe social distancing practices by maintaining a minimum distance of 2 meters from the clients.

Please email us at birdtours@sasktel.net if you have any questions or concerns with this policy.

Stan Shadick
Living Sky Wildlife Rehabilitation tours

LSWR Covid-19 Response

LSWR handles wild animals on a daily basis.   As such, we have always been and will remain, hyper-vigilant about our health and safety.   We will continue to emphasize hand-washing, wearing PPE as appropriate, and will remind all our workers and volunteers to STAY HOME if they are sick or not well in any way.

IF YOU FOUND AN INJURED ANIMAL:  Please CALL US FIRST.  306-281-0554     We may not be at the Rehabilitation facility.

We ask that if you are sick, please notify us, and have someone else bring in the animal, wearing gloves for their own health.

We will be following all health guidelines regarding social distancing, and minimizing contact with the public as much as possible, in order to stay healthy and able to care for the animals during this stressful time.

Despite the Covid-19 outbreak, LSWR will make every effort to continue to provide a safe place for injured & orphaned wild animals in need of care.   We will continue to adapt to the situation as it changes in the coming days, weeks, months.

Our hearts are with those impacted directly by this virus and wish everyone well as we work together to be safe.

SASKATOON WINTER BIRDWATCHING TOUR

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with optional visits to Wanuskewin Park, Zoo,
Museum of Natural Sciences and
Diefenbaker Canada Centre.

Half Day and Full Day Tours
in November, December, February through April
that are custom designed to match your interests.

Bohemian Waxwing
by Nick Saunders
  • Hike through the best bird-rich city parks with our experienced local guide looking for winter songbirds such as woodpeckers, nuthatches, chickadees, jays, crossbills, finches and Bohemian Waxwings.

    Common Goldeneye
    by Nick Saunders
  • Visit best hangouts for wintering ducks and geese.

    Stegasaurus
    at Museum of Natural Sciences
  • Optionally warm up with a visit to the Museum of Natural Sciences with exhibits featuring live fish, birds and plants plus displays about dinosaurs, fossils and minerals. https://artsandscience.usask.ca/museumofnaturalsciences/index.php
  • Optionally visit Saskatoon’s Zoo featuring prairie wild birds and mammals.
    saskatoon.ca/parks-recreation-attractions/events-attractions/saskatoon-forestry-farm-park-zoo
  • Optionally visit the historical exhibits at the Diefenbaker Canada Centre museum featuring Canada’s 13th Prime Minister. https://diefenbaker.usask.ca/
    Wanuskewin Heritage Park

    Wanuskewin Heritage Park
  • Full day tour includes an option to look for birds along creek trail at Wanuskewin Heritage Park (wanuskewin.com) and then warm up visiting displays about indigenous culture.
  • Local Birding expert Stan Shadick will be your guide for this walking and driving tour of Saskatoon’s parks and museums. He will identify birds seen or heard along the trip and carry a scope to permit magnified views of the ducks and geese or perched birds. We will walk at a relatively slow pace.

Half Day Tour Fee: CA$ 290 (about US$215; 170 UK pounds ) for groups of 1 – 3 persons.  
Fee includes guiding services and transportation, entrance fees to any 1 of the optional museums (excluding Wanuskewin) and parking fees. Meals and accommodation are NOT included.
Morning option 8 AM – 12 Noon. Afternoon Option: 1 PM – 5 PM.

Full Day Tour Fee: CA$ 560 (about US$420; 325 UK pounds ) for groups of 1 – 3 persons.  
Fee includes guiding services and transportation, entrance fees to any of the optional museums (including Wanuskewin) and parking fees. Meals and accommodation are NOT included.
Trip begins at your hotel about 8 am and ends about 4 pm.

RESERVATIONS: Send us your full name(s), mailing address, email address and requested tour dates.

E-mail: birdtours@sasktel.net
Phone: 306-652-5975
Text: 306-281-2215

Tour may be combined with our Snowy Owl Tour, Chickadee Feeding Tour and Forest Winter Birding Tour.

Ask about multiple tour discounts and package tour prices including accommodation.

All proceeds support the work of Living Sky Wildlife Rehabilitation charity.

TOUR GUIDE: Your guide has many years of experience finding and observing birds throughout Saskatchewan. For over 30 years, Stan Shadick has been a birding guide for nature tours around Saskatchewan and other parts of the country that have been organized by Living Sky Wildlife Rehabilitation, Nature Saskatchewan and the University of Saskatchewan Extension Division. He is past president of Nature Saskatchewan as well as past president and current field trip chairman for the Saskatoon Nature Society. He is a co-editor of the reference publication “Birds of the Saskatoon Area” and contributed significantly to the recently published “Birds of Saskatchewan”. He is currently a regional coordinator for the Saskatchewan Breeding Bird Atlas project and helps with their bird identification workshops. He regularly contributes sightings to e-bird and currently holds the e-bird record for the most bird species seen in Saskatchewan.

 

CHICKADEE FEEDING TOUR

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HALF Day Tours in November, December, February, March, April

  • Let our experienced birding guide show you the best bird-rich locations at Pike Lake Provincial Park.

    Black-capped Chickadee
    by Nick Saunders
  • Chickadees will feed out of your hand!
    Sometimes nuthatches and downy woodpeckers will as well. Bag of sunflower seeds provided.

    White-breasted Nuthatch
  • Possible birds to be seen during hikes on park trails include Ruffed Grouse, Sharp-tailed Grouse, Pileated Woodpecker, Great Horned Owl, Hairy Woodpecker, Downy Woodpecker, Black-capped Chickadee, Blue Jay, Northern Shrike, White-breasted Nuthatch, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Bohemian Waxwing, Pine Grosbeak, Evening Grosbeak, Common Redpoll, Black-billed Magpie, Common Raven.

    Ruffed Grouse
    by Nick Saunders
  • Good opportunities for bird photography

Half Day Tour Fee: CA$290 (about US$220, £170) for groups of 1 – 3 persons. 
Fee includes guiding services and transportation, entrance fees.
Meals and accommodation are NOT included.
Trip begins at your Saskatoon hotel.
Morning Tours: 8:00 AM – 12:00 Noon; Afternoon Tours 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM.

Tour may be combined with our Saskatoon Winter Birdwatching Tour, Snowy Owl Tour and Forest Winter Birding Tour.

All proceeds support the work of Living Sky Wildlife Rehabilitation charity.

RESERVATIONS: Send us your full name(s), mailing address, email address and requested tour dates.

E-mail: birdtours@sasktel.net

Phone: 306-652-5975
Text: 306-281-2215

Stan Shadick

TOUR GUIDE: Your guide has many years of experience finding and observing birds throughout Saskatchewan. For over 30 years, Stan Shadick has been a birding guide for nature tours around Saskatchewan and other parts of the country that have been organized by Living Sky Wildlife Rehabilitation, Nature Saskatchewan and the University of Saskatchewan Extension Division. He is past president of Nature Saskatchewan as well as past president and current field trip chairman for the Saskatoon Nature Society. He is a co-editor of the reference publication “Birds of the Saskatoon Area” and contributed significantly to the recently published “Birds of Saskatchewan”. He is currently a regional coordinator for the Saskatchewan Breeding Bird Atlas project and helps with their bird identification workshops. He regularly contributes sightings to e-bird and currently holds the e-bird record for the most bird species seen in Saskatchewan.