Canada – Saskatchewan Late-Summer Birding Grand Tour: August 25 – September 1, 2024

Saskatoon Custom Bird Tours

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Saskatchewan 8-day Late-Summer Birding Tour

See both eastern and western North American birds during the start of the migration season during this Saskatchewan Late-Summer Birding Tour. This is a good time of year to see migrating warblers from the boreal forest at Saskatoon as well as many prairie birds.

This tour will be based at the Park Town Hotel in Saskatoon for the duration of the tour. Each day, you will visit different birding sites on half-day or full-day outings. Participants must drive their own personal or rented vehicle on this guided tour.

Canada Saskatchewan 8-day Birding Tour

Saskatchewan Late Summer Birding Tour


Canada Saskatchewan Late-Summer Birding Tour
8 Days: August 25 – September 1, 2024

Guiding Fee
USD $1450 per person
CAD $1990 per person
UK £1140 per person

Join our Late-Summer Birding Tour to Saskatchewan, Canada during the start of fall migration. Saskatchewan is located near the centre of North America where several bird migration flyways meet. Consequently, this bird-rich province of Canada is home to nesting birds from both eastern and western North America.

Migration Flyways meet in Saskatchewan

Saskatchewan is well known as the duck factory of North America because most species of waterfowl nest in our abundant wetlands.  Many shorebirds, pelicans, rails and grebes also nest in our lakes and sloughs. We will visit many hotspots for water birds including Blackstrap Lake and Last Mountain Lake Bird Sanctuary.

The great expanses of arid prairie grasslands attract many special ground-nesting birds. We will observe unique prairie birds at Saskatchewan’s Great Sand Hills and many other pastures.

If you don’t have time for the full Canada Saskatchewan Birding Tour, ask us about joining us for parts of this fantastic tour.

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Marbled Godwit

Special Birds of Interest

A few special possible birds include

  • Ruddy Duck
  • Sharp-tailed Grouse
  • Gray Partridge
  • Western Grebe
  • Clark’s Grebe
  • American White Pelican
  • Great Egret
  • White-faced Ibis
  • Golden Eagle
  • Swainson’s Hawk
  • Prairie Falcon
  • Black-necked Stilt
  • American Avocet
  • Willet
  • Marbled Godwit
  • Long-billed Curlew
  • Upland Sandpiper
  • Wilson’s Phalarope
  • Franklin’s Gull
  • California Gull
  • Forster’s Tern
  • Black-billed Cuckoo
  • Western Wood-Pewee
  • Alder Flycatcher
  • Say’s Phoebe
  • Western Kingbird
  • Loggerhead Shrike
  • Black-billed Magpie
  • Mountain Bluebird
  • Sprague’s Pipit
  • Yellow-breasted Chat
  • Spotted Towhee
  • Lark Sparrow
  • Baird’s Sparrow
  • Le Conte’s Sparrow
  • Nelson’s Sparrow
  • Chestnut-collared Longspur
  • Western Meadowlark
  • Yellow-headed Blackbird
  • Bobolink
  • Orchard Oriole

CLICK HERE for a complete Saskatchewan checklist.

Day 1 – Sun. August 25, 2024: Saskatoon

Plan to arrive in Saskatoon, Canada today.

Saskatoon International Airport (YXE) is served by these airlines: Air Canada, Westjet, Flair, Porter and their numerous partners including United and Delta.

5:30 PM – 6:30 PM We have scheduled a short visit to the weir on the South Saskatchewan River to look for American White Pelicans and other water birds.

Overnight: Park Town Hotel, Saskatoon
Supper on your own. Many restaurants in downtown Saskatoon.

Pelican at weir bird walk
American White Pelican
by Nick Saunders

Day 2 Mon. August 26, 2024: Chief Whitecap Park and Holiday Park

8:10 AM We will depart hotel to join a birding tour to Chief Whitecap Park, just south of Saskatoon.
8:30 AM  We will go on a bird walk through Chief Whitecap Park to look for woodland birds along this riverbank park. We hope to find a variety of warblers and vireos plus Brown Thrashers, Purple Martins and river birds.

Early lunch on your own at a city restaurant.

12:30 PM We will leave for a Saskatoon Birdwatching tour to Holiday Park where we will walk a paved path to look for migrating songbirds along the South Saskatchewan River.

Supper on your own in Saskatoon.

Overnight: Park Town hotel


Chief Whitecap Park

Day 3 Tue August 27, 2024: Radisson Lake and Redberry Lake Birding Tour

8:10 AM We will leave hotel to join a birding tour to Radisson and Redberry Lakes.
8:30 AM  We will drive NW of Saskatoon to explore the birds at Radisson Lake Important Bird Area. We should find geese, shorebirds plus some prairie birds.

Grab take out food on the road for lunch today at Redberry Lake Park.

In the early afternoon, we will explore the birdlife at Redberry Lake Bird Sanctuary.

In the late afternoon, we will watch for shorebirds at Gillies Lake.

Our last stop will be to visit Saskatchewan’s largest tree.

Overnight: Park Town hotel, Saskatoon

Redberry Lake Bird Sanctuary Tour

Day 4 Wed. August 28, 2024: Pike Lake and Goose Lake

8:30 am We will depart hotel and join a birding tour to Pike Lake Provincial Park. Here we will hike a woodland trail looking for warblers and other songbirds.

We will grab a picnic lunch to eat on the road

In the afternoon, we will join a birding tour to Goose Lake. At this birding hotspot, we will search for shorebirds and marsh birds and prairie birds.

Overnight at Park Town Hotel, Saskatoon.

Pike Lake
Pike Lake Birding Tour

Day 5 Thu. August 29, 2024: Forestry Farm Park and Beaver Creek Conservation Area

8:10 AM We will depart hotel and join a birding tour at Saskatoon’s Forestry Farm park starting at 8:30 am. This park has a variety of trees and bushes that attract most species of migrating and breeding vireos, warblers and other songbirds at this time of year.

We will return to hotel for an early lunch.

1:10 PM We will depart hotel to join a birding tour to Beaver Creek Conservation Area. This city-owned park is situated about 15 km south of Saskatoon where Beaver Creek flows into the South Saskatchewan River. We plan to hike a trail through woodlands and grasslands in search of prairie and woodland birds.

Overnight at Park Town Hotel, Saskatoon.

Beaver Creek Tour
Group Tour: July 20, 2023.
Private Tours on other dates.

Day 6 Fri. August 30, 2024: Factoria Warbler Tour and Praire Lake Tour

8:10 AM. We depart hotel and join a warbler walking tour. We will hike along riverbank at the north end of Saskatoon. The springs along this trail attract many migrating warblers, vireos, woodpeckers and other songbirds.

We grab some lunch at a Saskatoon restaurant

1:00 PM We will join a Prairie Lakes Birding Tour.
We will drive east of Saskatoon to visit a variety of ponds looking for shorebirds and waterfowl.

Supper on your own in hotel

Overnight ParkTown Hotel Saskatoon.

Warbler Identification Workshops
Canada Warbler by Nick Saunders
Watch for avocets during this tour
American Avocet
by Nick Saunders

Day 7 Sat. August 31, 2024 Cosmopolitan and President Murray Parks plus Prairie Lakes tour

8:10 AM. We depart hotel and make a stop to look for one of Saskatoon’s nesting Peregrine Falcons.

9:00 AM We will join a bird walk hike along Saskatoon’s riverbank through Cosmopolitan Park looking for songbirds.

11:00 AM We will join a short bird walk looking for warblers and other boreal forest birds in the spruce trees of Saskatoon’s President Murray Park.

12:00 PM Lunch at a Saskatoon Restaurant

1:30 PM We will join a driving tour to observe the rich birdlife at Blackstrap Lake. We should find good views of pelicans, terns, grebes and other water birds.

5:00 PM Tour ends when we return to Park Town Hotel.


Blackstrap Birdwatching Tour
Group Tours: August 18 & September 4

Day 8 Sun. September 1, 2024 Last Mountain Lake Bird Sanctuary

7:00 AM Breakfast in hotel.

8:10 AM. We depart hotel and join a birding day tour to the famous Last Mountain Lake Bird Sanctuary.

8:30 AM We drive southeast of Saskatoon making birding stops along the way.

11:00 AM Visit Last Mountain Lake Regional Park part of the bird sanctuary
We will grab food to eat in the park picnic area.

1:00 PM Visit the main access roads through the Last Mountain Lake Bird Sanctuary

4:30 PM Return drive to Saskatoon

6:30 PM Arrive at hotel where the tour ends.
Supper on your own in hotel

On the recommendation of Edgar Dewdney, Lieutenant-Governor of the North-West Territories, this Last Mountain Lake Bird Sanctuary was set aside in 1887 by the government of Sir John A MacDonald (Canada’s first prime minister) for the protection of wildfowl, the first such reserve on the North American continent. It was established as a federal migratory bird sanctuary four years after Parliament passed the Migratory Birds Convention Act of 1917.

Internationally recognized, Last Mountain Lake wildlife area is a migration stopover point in spring and fall for hundreds of thousands of waterfowl, cranes and countless smaller birds, and a summer nesting area for over 100 species, including several rare species.

Overnight Park Town Hotel Saskatoon.

Western Grebe
by Nick Saunders
Stan Shadick – Tour Leader

STAN SHADICK:  Guide for Saskatoon Custom Bird Tours

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, Saskatoon Custom Bird Tours, Nature Saskatchewan and the University of Saskatchewan Extension Division.

Stan 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”.

Stan has volunteered as 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 volunteers his time leading Saskatoon Custom Bird Tours so that all proceeds benefit the work of Living Sky Wildlife Rehabilitation.

Tour Fees

Guiding Fee: CAD $1990 per person (about USD $1450; UK £1140) due at time of booking.

Discount: Ask about a possible $400 discount if you have room to transport leader in your non-smoking vehicle.

Car Rental: You need to rent your own vehicle from the Saskatoon airport. A discount off the guiding fee may be available if you agree to transport the leader from Saskatoon and back at no cost to him in a non-smoking vehicle.

Accommodation: You need to book your own accommodation. A list of motel dates and phone numbers will be sent to registered guests. If you prefer, the leader will book your accommodation using your credit card.

Meals: you need to pay for your own meals.

Park Entry Fees: You need to pay for your own park entry fees.


TAX RECEIPT: A tax receipt for 50% of the tour guiding fee will be issued to the person paying for the tour.

Tax Receipts






CANCELLATION POLICY: Refunds less a $50 administration fee will be given if cancellation notice received 14 days before date of tour.
No refunds if cancellation notice received less than 14 days before date of tour unless another client takes your place.

Canada Saskatchewan Late Summer Birding Tour Reservations

RESERVATIONS for Canada Saskatchewan Late-Summer Birding Tour: August 25 – September 1, 2024.

Please complete and submit the following form or email us your full name(s), mailing address, email address and requested tour dates.

Phone: 306-652-5975

Payment instructions will be emailed to you after you complete and submit the form below.

All fees support Living Sky Wildlife Rehabilitation.

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Smoking is allowed only inside your own personal vehicle. No smoking is permitted during meals, anywhere in shared accommodations or outside during birding stops or hikes.

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Weir Birding and Walking Tour
White Pelican by Nick Saunders

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Tour Guide

Tour Guide: Stan Shadick. Click for more information about your tour guide.

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