Bird Viewing Tours and Workshops

We offer private and group guided birding tours out of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. Some of our special tours include viewing dancing grouse (spring), prairie birds (summer), Whooping Cranes (fall), Snowy Owls (winter). Custom tours and bird ID workshops available.'

Snowy Owl Tour

Join our experienced local birding guide for a drive through a rural farming district reputed by owl experts to have the highest concentration of wintering Snowy Owls in the world!

We may also choose to visit the best hangout for wintering ducks and geese and Bald Eagles in the province.

Other possible birds to be seen during trip include Golden Eagle, Gyrfalcon, Prairie Falcon, Sharp-tailed Grouse, Gray Partridge, Snow Bunting, Common Redpoll, Common Raven, Bohemian Waxwing, Black-billed Magpie.

December, January, February and March.

Snowy Owl - photo by Nick Saunders

See our Snowy Owl Tour page for booking and tour details.


Chickadee Feeding Tour.

HALF Day Private and Group Tours. Let our experienced birding guide show you the best winter bird-rich locations near Saskatoon.

Chickadees will feed out of your hand! Sometimes nuthatches and downy woodpeckers will as well. Bag of sunflower seeds provided. Very popular activity for kids and grand-parents!

Possible birds to be seen during hikes 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,  Common Redpoll, Black-billed Magpie, Common Raven.


November 2020 through April 2021

Black-capped Chickadee - photo by Nick Saunders


See our Chickadee Feeding Tour page for booking and tour details.


Saskatoon Winter Birdwatching Tour

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.

Visit best hangouts for wintering ducks and geese.

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

Half and Full Day Private Tours available.


November 2020 through April 2021

Bohemian Waxwing by Nick Saunders

See our Saskatoon Winter Tour page for booking and tour details.


Forest Winter Private Birding Tour

Extended Full Day Private Birding Tour to Prince Albert National Park and Area. Join our experienced local birding guide for an Extended Full Day Drive to Boreal Forest habitat in Prince Albert National Park and adjacent areas. Visit best areas for finding and observing wintering Great Gray Owls and Northern Hawk Owls! Good opportunities for bird photography. See Pine Grosbeaks, Redpolls and other winter finches.

 


November through April

Great Gray Owl by Nick Saunders

See our Forest Winter Tour page for booking and tour details.


Dancing Grouse Tour

Join our experienced local birding guide for a 4-hour early morning or evening drive to view the spectacle of dancing Sharp-tailed Grouse at a roadside lek outside Saskatoon. Many of the traditional indigenous dances were inspired by this display.


April and May

Sharp-tailed Grouse Dancing by Nick Saunders

See our Dancing Grouse Tour page for booking and tour details.


Sounds of the Night Tour

Join Stan Shadick as he leads a small group of nature enthusiasts on a night driving trip along the backroads of Nisbet Forest near Duck Lake. We will make frequent stops near woods and ponds to listen for the hooting of Great Horned Owls and the whistles of Northern Saw-whet owls. We may also hear the drumming of a Ruffed Grouse or the whinny of a Wilson's Snipe. Other sounds might include the duck-like calls of Wood Frogs, the comb-like call of Boreal Chorus Frogs or the howling of a pack of coyotes. Who knows what other sounds we might discover!


Tentative Date: Saturday, April 24, 2021

Great Horned Owl

See our Sounds of the Night Tour page for booking and tour details.


Birding By Ear Workshops

Become a Better Birder. Expert birders identify most birds in any habitat using song identification. Some birds can only be safely identified by voice. You can learn to identify bird songs too!

Join in our spring series of sets of online plus optional outdoor workshop pairings designed to improve your skills at identification of common bird songs in Saskatoon's parks. Our workshops are arranged by habitat. Each series will focus on a small group of songbirds found in a given habitat at a particular time of year. For each set there will be one evening online session lasting about 1 hour followed by an optional 1-hour outdoor morning or evening field trip a day or 2 later.


Prairie Grasslands Private Viewing Tour

Join our experienced local birding guide for a 8 hour drive visiting the best prairie grassland birding habitats in the Saskatoon region. Listen to the sweet songs of Western Meadowlark, Sprague's Pipit and Baird's Sparrow. Watch for Long-billed Curlew and Swainson's Hawk.


Late April – July

Western Meadowlark by Nick Saunders

See our Prairie Grasslands Tour page for booking and tour details.


Greenwater Lake Birding Group Tour

Join a 3-day / 2-night guided birding tour to visit Greenwater provincial park famous for its abundance of warblers, finches, flycatchers, woodpeckers and other forest songbirds. Saskatchewan's Greenwater Provincial Park is located in a mixed forested region about 270 km east of Saskatoon. The lakes and wetlands within this park attract many water birds including various ducks, rails, herons and many duck species. A remote area in this park is well-known as a breeding site for Trumpeter Swans. We will keep our eyes peeled for this special bird on any of the park's accessible ponds.


Proposed Dates: May 31 to June 2, 2021

Blackburnian Warbler
by Nick Saunders

See our Greenwater Lake Tour page for booking and tour details.


Chaplin Shorebirds Tour

Extended 12 hour birding tour from Saskatoon visiting best shorebird habitats in Saskatchewan at Chaplin Shorebird Reserve and nearby hotspots.  Endangered Piping Plover is often found here. Other shorebirds often include Red Knot, Sanderling, Wilson’s Phalarope, Red-necked Phalarope, American Avocet, Black-necked Stilt, Marbled Godwit, Hudsonian Godwit, Stilt Sandpiper, Least Sandpiper, Baird’s Sandpiper, Semipalmated Sandpiper, Pectoral Sandpiper, Short-billed Dowitcher, Lesser Yellowlegs, Willet, Solitary Sandpiper, Spotted Sandpiper, Black-bellied Plover, Semipalmated Plover, Killdeer.


Extended Full Day Tour from mid May – August

Piping Plover by Nick Saunders

See our Chaplin Shorebirds Tour page for booking and tour details.


Prairie Lakes Birding Tour

Join our experienced local birding guide for a 4 hour drive to visit some of the best bird-rich lakes in the Saskatoon region. Visit deep lakes for diving ducks and pelicans. Also visit shallow ponds for dabbling ducks, grebes and wetland sparrows, rails and other marsh birds.


Half Day Tours from Mid-April to October

Ruddy Duck by Nick Saunders

See our Prairie Lakes Tour page for booking and tour details.


Beaver Creek Birding and Hiking Tour

Beaver Creek is an attractive bird-rich 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 may be seen in late May and late August / early September.


Late May to Early September

Belted Kingfisher by Nick Saunders

See our Beaver Creek Tour page for booking and tour details.


Cypress Hills Group Birding Tour

Join a small group of birders on a 5-day / 4-night guided birding tour to the Cypress Hills region of SW Saskatchewan. Some of the special unique birds of this region include MacGillivray's Warbler, Dusky Flycatcher, Red-naped Sapsucker, Poorwill, Pacific Wren, Violet-Green Swallow. We also look for rare Cordilleran Flycatcher and Bullock's Oriole found in the park in 2020. We plan to visit the west, central and east blocks of this birding hotspot.


Proposed Dates: July 5 - 9, 2021

Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park Trails

See our Cypress Hills Tour page for booking and tour details.


Camp Wolf Willow Birding Tours

Camp Wolf Willow is a natural oasis situated on the east bank of the beautiful South Saskatchewan River valley south of Saskatoon. This private site has a grassy coulee with a small stream plus a wooded valley offering several km of hiking trails. Beavers have dammed the stream where it enters the river creating a bird-rich wetland. The camp has its own private beach and winery.


Saturday, July 17 and September 18, 2021

Camp Wolf Willow

See our Camp Wolf Tour page for booking and tour details.


Warbler Walking Tour

Join Stan Shadick for a 3-hour walking tour through one of the best bird-rich city parks. We will look for migrating warblers and other songbirds. Your guide will help you find the field marks to identify them.

 


Whooping and Sandhill Crane Viewing Tours

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 and 2020, there were several flocks totaling over 80 individuals. As local birders, we know the best historical places to search for these spectacular birds.


Mid September - Late October 2021

Whooping Crane - Photo by Bruce Acton

See our Whooping and Sandhill Crane Tour page for booking and tour details.


Pelican Driving Tour

Join Stan Shadick for a 7-hour driving tour to view a location where hundreds of pelicans congregate before migrating south. We should also see many other kinds of ducks and other water birds. Round-trip driving distance about 300 km. This trip is ideal for photography of pelicans in flight.


Bald Eagle Viewing Tour

Join Stan Shadick for a 5-hour private driving tour from Saskatoon to view a location where many Bald Eagles congregate before migrating south. Often a group of eagles perch in a single tree. We should also see many kinds of ducks and other water birds. Round-trip driving distance about 300 km.


November 10 - December 13

Bald Eagle photo by Nick Saunders

See our Bald Eagle Tour page for booking and tour details.

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