1-day Chaplin Shorebirds Tour – Piping Plovers and other great water and grassland birds

Chaplin Shorebirds Tour

Extended Full Day Tour from mid May – August

Self-Drive Birding Tour


Chaplin Lake Important Bird Area and nearby lakes often have the greatest variety of plovers, sandpipers, dowitchers,  phalaropes and other shorebirds in Saskatchewan, Canada.

TOUR DESCRIPTION - Chaplin Shorebirds Tour

  • Extended 12 hour Chaplin Shorebirds Tour from Saskatoon visiting best shorebird habitats in Saskatchewan at Chaplin Shorebird Reserve and nearby hotspots.
  • Ideal birthday, anniversary, retirement or graduation gift for the birder in your family.
  • Endangered Piping Plovers are often found here.
  • Other shorebirds found on Chaplin Shorebirds Tour 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.
  • Possible Grassland birds frequently found on Chaplin Shorebirds Tour include Upland Sandpiper, Long-billed Curlew, Lark Bunting, Baird’s Sparrow, Chestnut-collared Longspur, Western Meadowlark.
  • This tour begins in Saskatoon but can also be joined at Elbow or Chaplin.

Suggested items to Bring:

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


  1. Your tour leader is fully vaccinated. For everyone's health and safety, participants must bring a paper copy showing their personal proof of full Covid vaccination.
  2. Clients must normally drive themselves in their own personal or rented vehicle. The leader will usually drive in a separate vehicle. We will use cell phones to communicate between each other during the tour.
  3. Please wear a mask and maintain physical 2 meter distancing when walking outside or viewing birds through the spotting scope that I will set up.
  4. This policy may change when public health orders change or when Covid case numbers decrease.
  5. Please contact us before booking tour if you have any special requests with regard to this policy. In certain cases, if requested, leader may be willing to ride in client's vehicle or drive client's vehicle.

TOUR FEE - Chaplin Shorebirds Tour

Full Day Tour Fee: CA$690 (about US$525) for groups of 1 – 3 persons Taxes included.
Fee includes guiding services only for 12 hour trip.  Client supplies their own transportation in personal or rented vehicle. Meals, transportation and accommodation are NOT included.

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

CANCELLATION POLICY: Refunds less a $100 administration fee will be given if cancellation notice received 60 days before date of tour.
No refunds if cancellation notice received less than 60 days before date of tour unless another client takes your place.

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


RESERVATIONS: Please complete and submit the form below or email 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

Payment may be made by etransfer payable to Living Sky Wildlife Rehabilitation and emailed to LSWR@sasktel.net

Use landline if you don't have a cell phone.
Mailing address needed for tax receipt.
Smoking is allowed only inside your own personal vehicle. No smoking is permitted outside during birding stops or hikes.

If you do not hear back from us within 24 hours, then please email: birdtours@sasktel.net or phone 306-652-5975.

Piping Plover on Chaplin Shorebirds Tour
Piping Plover by Nick Saunders

Piping Plovers are an endangered species in Saskatchewan. They can be identified by their sandy brown back and single neck band.

Conservation measures to protect Piping Plovers include Nature Saskatchewan's Plovers on Shore program.

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


This Chaplin Shorebirds Tour makes an excellent birthday gift, anniversary gift, graduation gift, retirement gift, Father's Day Gift or special gift for a birder, birdwatcher or anyone interested in nature.

GIFT CERTIFICATES: Click here for information about purchasing a gift certificate for this tour or any of our other tours.


Chaplin Shorebirds Tour may be combined with:

Other Tours and Workshops: Click here to see a complete list of our upcoming tours and workshops.


Can't decide which tour to take?

Check out our multiple tours discount described here.