Birding Tours

Welcome to our Birding Tours page.

Our latest birding posts are displayed below.
Contact birdtours@sasktel.net

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

Shorebird Viewing Half-Day Tour

August 1 – September 15

Join Stan Shadick for a 4-hour driving tour to look for arctic-nesting sandpipers and plovers that migrate through the Saskatoon region at this time of year. Mornings and Afternoon tours available. Guide cost: $290 for groups of 1 – 5 persons.

  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. 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 physical distancing practices by maintaining a minimum distance of 2 meters from the clients.

What to Wear. In case of an early snowfall or cool wet weather, bring a raincoat, hat and gloves. Bring your binoculars plus a camera and a scope (optional).

TOUR FEE for 4-hour tour excluding transportation: CAD $290
for groups of 1 – 5 persons. Fee includes only guiding services of leader and shared use of spotting scope. Client must cover their transportation costs in a personal or rented vehicle. We can communicate via cell phone. Accommodation and meals are not included.. We can stop to pick up food for lunch.

For payment options, email: birdtours@sasktel.net and provide names of clients, their addresses and requested tour name and tour date. Full payment due at time of booking.

Cancellation Policy: Refunds less a $100 administration fee will be given if cancellation notice received 60 days before date of tour. All guiding fee proceeds will be donated to Living Sky Wildlife Rehabilitation.

 

Warbler Walking Tour

 

 

 

 

August 20 – September 15

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

  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. 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 physical distancing practices by maintaining a minimum distance of 2 meters from the clients.

What to Wear. In case of rain, bring a raincoat, hat and gloves. Bring your binoculars.

TOUR FEE for 3-hour tour excluding transportation: CAD $190
for groups of 1 – 3 persons. Fee includes only guiding services of leader. Client must cover their driving or taxi costs to the city park.  Accommodation and meals are not included..

For payment options, email: birdtours@sasktel.net and provide names of clients, their addresses and requested tour name and tour date. Full payment due at time of booking.

Cancellation Policy: Refunds less a $100 administration fee will be given if cancellation notice received 60 days before date of tour. All guiding fee proceeds will be donated to Living Sky Wildlife Rehabilitation.

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Pelican Driving Tour

 

 

 

 

August 15 – September 15.

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.

  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. 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 physical distancing practices by maintaining a minimum distance of 2 meters from the clients.

What to Wear. In case of an early snowfall or cool wet weather, bring a winter coat, raincoat, hat, gloves and long underwear. Bring your binoculars plus a camera and a scope (optional).

TOUR FEE for 7-hour tour excluding transportation: CAD $590
for groups of 1 – 5 persons. Fee includes only guiding services of leader and shared use of spotting scope. Client must cover their transportation costs in a personal or rented vehicle. We can communicate via cell phone. Accommodation and meals are not included.. We can stop to pick up food for lunch.

For payment options, email: birdtours@sasktel.net and provide names of clients, their addresses and requested tour name and tour date. Full payment due at time of booking.

Cancellation Policy: Refunds less a $100 administration fee will be given if cancellation notice received 60 days before date of tour. All guiding fee proceeds will be donated to Living Sky Wildlife Rehabilitation.

Whooping and Sandhill Crane Viewing Tours

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.

The population recovery of the endangered Whooping Crane has become a tremendous success story for wildlife conservation. The Canadian population of these birds once dipped as low as 21 individuals but now exceeds 500 birds.

In 2020, we are planning both 1-day and 2-day custom tours from late September through mid October to look for Whooping Cranes and/or Sandhill Cranes. These 2 species are usually found in different locations. We often find Sandhills in flocks of 500 - several thousand. We will also be on the lookout for large flocks of Canada, Cackling, Snow, Ross's and Greater White-fronted Geese as well as ducks, swans and songbirds.

  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. 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 physical distancing practices by maintaining a minimum distance of 2 meters from the clients.

What to Wear. In case of an early snowfall or cool wet weather, bring a winter coat, raincoat, hat, gloves and long underwear. Bring your binoculars and a scope (optional).

TOUR FEE for 2-day tour excluding transportation: CAD $1330 (about US $995)
for groups of 1 – 4 persons. Fee includes only guiding services (8 hours/day) of leader and shared use of spotting scope. Client must cover their transportation costs in a personal or rented vehicle. Guide will travel in a separate vehicle. We can communicate via cell phone. Accommodation and meals are not included.. Email birdtours@sasktel.net for information about payment options. We will stop to pick up food for lunch.

TOUR FEE for 1-day tour excluding transportation:  CAD $690 (about US $515)
for groups of 1 – 4 persons. Fee includes only guiding services (8 hours/day) of leader and shared use of spotting scope. Client must cover transportation costs in a personal or rented vehicle. Guide will travel in a separate vehicle. We can communicate via cell phone. Accommodation and meals are not included. The 1-day tour available on Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Thursdays will focus on looking for Whooping Cranes but likely will not find Sandhill Cranes.

For payment options, email: birdtours@sasktel.net and provide names of clients, their addresses and requested type of tour and tour date. Full payment due at time of booking.

Cancellation Policy: Refunds less a $100 administration fee will be given if cancellation notice received 60 days before date of tour. All guiding fee proceeds will be donated to Living Sky Wildlife Rehabilitation.

Whoopers and Sandhills

Whoopers and Sandhills

Whooping Cranes flying above Sandhill Cranes
by Nick Saunders
nicksaundersnature.com

Whooping Cranes in grain field

Whooping Cranes in grain field

Whooping Cranes
by Nick Saunders
nicksaundersnature.com

Large flock of Whoopers

Large flock of Whoopers

Part of a flock of 154 Whooping Cranes photographed by Bob Godwin.

Snow Geese flock

Snow Geese flock

Snow Geese by Bob Godwin.

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

DANCING GROUSE TOUR

Early Morning or Evening Tours during April and May

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.

Sharp-tailed Grouse Dancing
by Nick Saunders

COVID SAFE. We will practice special safe self-isolation steps during all 2020 spring tours. Clients will drive their own personal or rented vehicle while the leader will travel in a separate vehicle. We will communicate via cell phone while remaining in separate parked vehicles near the dancing grounds.

Sharp-tailed Grouse jumping
by Nick Saunders

Your parked car serves as a bird blind from which you may view the birds dancing in adjacent fields. Birds usually dance about 100 – 300 meters away from car.

  • Morning Tour: 4:30 AM – 9:30 AM – April
    3:45 AM – 8:45 AM – May
  • Evening Tour: 7:00 PM – 10:30 PM
  • Morning tours are recommended because birds are usually more active near sunrise than sunset.
  • Trip will be postponed if the weather forecast suggests rain or strong winds. Grouse do not display well during adverse weather.
Sharp-tailed Grouse Portrait
by Nick Saunders

 

Suggested items to Bring:

  • Clothes suitable for the weather
  • Water bottle
  • Binoculars
  • Spotting Scope (optional)
  • Camera (optional)

Tour Fee: CAN$325 (about US$230, £185) for groups of 1 – 4 persons. Taxes included.
Fee includes guiding services only during early morning or evening tour.  Client supplies their own transportation. Meals, transportation and accommodation are NOT included.

All proceeds support the work of Living Sky Wildlife Rehabilitation registered 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

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 a past president of Nature Saskatchewan as well as a 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.

Stan Shadick

 

PRAIRIE LAKES BIRDING TOUR

HALF Day Tours in mid-April – October, 2020.

Join our experienced local birding guide for a 4 hour drive to visit some of the best bird-rich lakes in the Saskatoon region.

Ruddy Duck
by Nick Saunders

 

 

 

 

 

 

We will practice special COVID-19 SAFE self-isolation steps during all 2020 spring tours. Clients will drive their own personal or rented vehicle while the leader will travel in a separate vehicle. We will communicate via cell phone while remaining in separate vehicles.

Horned Grebe
by Nick Saunders

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Visit deep lakes for diving ducks and pelicans.

American White Pelican
by Nick Saunders

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Also visit shallow ponds for dabbling ducks, grebes and wetland sparrows, rails and other marsh birds.

Western Grebe
by Nick Saunders

 

 

 

 

 

 

Suggested items to Bring:

  • Clothes suitable for the weather (rain coat, hat, walking shoes, etc.)
  • Water bottle
  • Binoculars and camera or spotting scope (optional

Tour Fee: CA$325 (about US$230, £190) for groups of 1 – 4 persons Taxes included.
Fee covers expert guiding services during 4 hour tour.
Meals, transportation and accommodation are NOT included.

Tour may be combined with Prairie Grasslands Birding Tour, Dancing Grouse Tour, Saskatoon Summer Birding Tour and Chickadee Feeding Tour.
Ask about multiple tour discounts.

All proceeds support the work of Living Sky Wildlife Rehabilitation charity. https://livingskywildliferehabilitation.org/

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 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.

 

 

 

PRAIRIE GRASSLANDS BIRDING TOUR

Full Day Tour in late April – July, 2020.

Join our experienced local birding guide for a 8 hour Drive visiting best prairie grassland birding habitats in Saskatoon region.

We will practice special COVID SAFE self-isolation steps during all 2020 spring tours. Clients will drive their own personal or rented vehicle while the leader will travel in a separate vehicle.
We will communicate via cell phone while remaining in separate vehicles.

Western Meadowlark
by Nick Saunders

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Visit best hangout for seeing or hearing hard-to-find grassland birds in Saskatoon region!

Sharp-tailed Grouse
by Nick Saunders

 

 

 

 

 

 

Some grassland birds that might be seen or heard include: Sharp-tailed Grouse, Swainson’s Hawk, Long-billed Curlew, Upland Sandpiper, Marbled Godwit, Sprague’s Pipit, Loggerhead Shrike, Western Kingbird, Baird’s Sparrow, Vesper Sparrow, Clay-colored Sparrow, Western Meadowlark.

Baird’s Sparrow
by Nick Saunders

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Early morning departure recommended.

Suggested items to Bring:

  • Clothes suitable for the weather (rain jacket, sun hat, etc.)
  • Water bottle
  • Binoculars, Spotting Scope and camera (optional)

Tour Fee: CA$640 (about US$450, £365) for groups of 1 – 4 persons Taxes included.
Fee includes guiding services during 8 hour trip.
Meals, transportation and accommodation are NOT included.

Tour may be combined with Dancing Grouse tour, Saskatoon Summer Birding Tour, Chickadee Feeding Tour and Prairie Lakes Birding Tour. Ask about multiple tour discounts.

All proceeds support the work of Living Sky Wildlife Rehabilitation charity. https://livingskywildliferehabilitation.org/

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 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.

Stan Shadick

 

CHICKADEE FEEDING TOUR

HALF Day Tours from November through 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 – 4 persons. 
Fee includes guiding services, entrance fees.
Meals, transportation 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 Dancing Grouse 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.

 

 

 

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