Saskatoon is located where two major North American flyways meet. During the breeding season in June and July about 150 bird species occur within grassland, wetland and woodland habitats. This list is augmented during the migration months of May, August and September when boreal and arctic nesting warblers, flycatchers, vireos and shorebirds are plentiful.
Spectacular Sharp-tailed Grouse courtship displays are best seen in April and May. Their displays are the basis for indigenous Plains Cree dances. Elegant and endangered Whooping Cranes, North America’s tallest bird, are regularly seen from late September through mid-October.
The world’s highest concentration of Snowy Owls occurs here in winter.
We offer many Half-day, Full-day and Multi-day Guided Birding Tours throughout the year starting in Saskatoon.
- SNOWY OWL TOUR (November – March)
- CHICKADEE FEEDING TOUR (September – May)
- SASKATOON WINTER BIRDING TOUR (November – March)
- FOREST WINTER BIRDING TOUR (November – April)
- DANCING GROUSE TOUR (April – May)
- PRAIRIE GRASSLANDS BIRDING TOUR (May – July)
- CHAPLIN SHOREBIRDS TOUR (May – August)
- PRAIRIE RESERVOIRS BIRDING TOUR (May – October)
- BEAVER CREEK BIRDING TOUR (January – December)
- WHOOPING CRANE BIRDING TOUR (September – October)
- SANDHILL CRANE & GEESE BIRDING TOUR (September – October)
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All proceeds support work of our local wildlife charity – Living Sky Wildlife Rehabilitation.
Our expert birding tour leader, Stan Shadick, has over 30 years experience as a bird guide for nature tours around Saskatchewan. He is an author and editor of a variety of birding publications and serves on the board of several birding and nature conservation organisations. He currently holds the e-bird record for the most bird species seen in Saskatchewan.
Late September – Mid October 2020 In recent years, the grain fields near Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada have become the best dependable viewing location in the world to view rare Whooping Cranes, the tallest bird in North America. For many years we have found groups of 10 – 30 birds feeding during fall migration. In 2018, we found a single flock in excess of 150 whoopers! In 2019, there were several flocks totaling over 100 individuals. As local birders, we know the best historical places to search for these spectacular birds. Continue ReadingWhooping and Sandhill Crane Viewing Tours
Situated in a glacial valley, Blackstrap Lake is fed by a canal from the South Saskatchewan river. This deep lake provides habitat in season for many species of ducks, geese, loons, grebes, pelicans, gulls and terns. Shallow sloughs near the lake provide habitat for many kinds of sandpipers and plovers. Woodlands adjacent to the lake are home to songbirds including numerous Purple Martins, Baltimore Orioles and Western Kingbirds. Rarities are often reported from this lake. Over 200 species of birds have been reported in or near this lake. During our Continue ReadingBlackstrap Guided Birding Driving Tour
Beaver Creek is an attractive wooded valley with several walking trails. Here this creek flows into the South Saskatchewan River. Many native wildflowers may be found blooming here in summer. An indoor interpretive centre on site has displays and washrooms with running water. During guided tours, we usually select the trail with the best variety of songbirds. The trails are relatively flat with stairs provided in the steeper portions. During spring and summer months from mid-May through early-September over 60 species have been found at this location. Additional migrating songbirds Continue ReadingBeaver Creek Guided Birding Tour