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Chaplin Shorebirds Tour ♿
Escorted Self-Drive Birding Tour with 3 Options
MID MAY - AUGUST
Special Group Tour: Sunday, July 23, 2023.
Private 1-day and 2-day tours offered mid May - August
Ideal Day Tour for Residents or Visitors to:
- SASKATOON (2h 30 m to Chaplin)
- REGINA (1 h 40 m to Chaplin)
- MOOSE JAW (1 h to Chaplin)
- SWIFT CURRENT (1 h to Chaplin)
- ELBOW (1 h to Chaplin)
Saskatoon starting point: 8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Elbow / Douglas Park starting point: 9:30 AM - 7:30 PM
Chaplin starting point: 10:30 AM - 6:30 PM
Where is the Best Place to find Shorebirds in Saskatchewan?
Chaplin Lake Important Bird Area and nearby lakes often have the greatest variety of plovers, sandpipers, dowitchers, phalaropes and other shorebirds in Saskatchewan, Canada including the endangered Piping Plover.
Tour Description - Chaplin Shorebirds Tour
- Extended 12 - 14 hour Chaplin Shorebirds Tour from Saskatoon visiting best shorebird habitats in Saskatchewan at Chaplin Shorebird Reserve and 4 other nearby hotspots.
- A private 2-day option is also available. Closest motel in Herschel, Saskatchewan.
- Budget 1-day group tour offered on Sunday, July 23, 2023. Please book as early as possible. Group Tour is limited to 5 vehicles plus leader.
- Novice and experienced bird watchers are welcome to join this tour.
If available, you may borrow a pair of binoculars during this tour.
- A spotting scope will be available for viewing the birds from the roadside at high magnification.
- Ideal birthday, anniversary, retirement, Mother's Day, Father's Day 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. Situated on Trans-Canada Highway 1, Chaplin serves as an ideal starting point for participants coming from Regina, Moose Jaw or Swift Current.
- ♿ This tour is ideal for low-mobility clients because they may choose to remain in their vehicle during this driving tour.
Suggested items to Bring:
- Clothes suitable for the weather (rain jacket, sun hat, etc.)
- Water bottle
- Binoculars and camera (optional)
PUBLIC WASHROOMS: Located at Chaplin Visitor Centre, Regional Park plus at Douglas Park and at gas stations in towns of Chaplin and Morse.
Participants on these tours need to drive their own personal or rented vehicle. RVs and vehicles pulling trailers are permitted on private tours but are not recommended. Owners of full electric vehicles should have sufficient range for this tour if they charge up at Moose Jaw or Swift Current.
If you would like to share the costs of a tour with other interested birders, then complete the Carpooling Section of the Registration Request Form below or email the tour name, your name, phone number and email address to firstname.lastname@example.org
Tour Fee - Chaplin Shorebirds Tour
Private Full Day Tour Fee: CA$990 (about US$740, £635) for a party of 1 – 4 persons Taxes included.
Fee includes guiding services only for the tour. Note fee is total fee for your party (not a per person fee). Client supplies their own transportation in personal or rented vehicle. Meals, transportation and accommodation are NOT included.
SAVE $200 if you can provide transportation for leader from Saskatoon and back.
Private 2-Day Tour Fee: CA$1290 (about US$950, £845) for a party of 1 – 4 persons Taxes included.
Fee includes guiding services only for the tour. Note fee is total fee for your party (not a per person fee). Client supplies their own transportation in personal or rented vehicle. Meals, transportation and accommodation are NOT included. Please book as soon as possible because accommodation rooms are limited.
SAVE $200 if you can provide transportation for leader from Saskatoon and back.
July 23, 2023 Group Tour Fee: CA$690 (about US$510, £450) for a party of 1 – 4 persons Taxes included.
Fee includes guiding services only for the tour. Note fee is total fee for your group (not a per person fee). Client supplies their own transportation in personal or rented vehicle. Meals, transportation and accommodation are NOT included.
Save $200 if you can provide transportation for leader from Saskatoon and back.
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 $50 administration fee will be given if cancellation notice received 30 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. Full payment due at time of booking. Payment instruction will be emailed to you after registration form is received. You may also phone Stan Shadick at 306-652-5975.
If you do not hear back from us within 24 hours, then please email: email@example.com or phone 306-652-5975.
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.
"Awesome experience birding with you" AP July 2022
Covid Safety Policy on Tours
- Your tour leader is fully vaccinated.
- 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.
- This policy may change when public health orders change or when Covid case numbers decrease.
- 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.
Can I bring my pet dog on this tour?
Dogs are permitted on private tours provided they are kept on a leash and not let outside of your vehicle at birding stops. Dogs are not permitted on group tours.
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:
- Beaver Creek Birding and Hiking Tour - 3 hours
- Chappell Marsh Birding and Hiking Tour - 2 hours
- Chief Whitecap Birding and Hiking Tour - 3 hours
- Cypress Hills - Grasslands Birding Tour
- Custom Bird Photography Tour - 3 hours
- Donna Birkmaier Park Tour - 3 hours
- Duck Lake and Nisbet Forest Birding Tour - 6 hours (June - July)
- Duck Mountain Birding Tour - eastern birds
- Eagle Creek and Hills Birding Tour - 8 hours (June - July)
- Goose Lake Birding and Bird Photography Tour - 4+ hours
- Grasslands National Park Tour
- Last Mountain Lake Bird Sanctuary Tour - 8 hours
- Pike Lake Birding Tour - 4 hours (January - August)
- Porter Lake Birding Tour - 3 hours
- Prairie Grasslands Birding Tour - 8 hours
- Prairie Lakes Birding Tour - 4 hours
- Prince Albert National Park Birding Tour
- Quill Lakes Birding Tour - 8 hours
- Saskatoon Evening Bird Walks - 1.5 hours
- Souris River Birding Tour
- Van Scoy Lakes Birding Tour - 6 hours
- Weir Birding Tour - (November - August)
- Songbird Stroll
- Sunday Morning Guided Bird Walk
- Warbler Walking Tour - 3 hours
Other Tours and Workshops: Click here to see a complete list of our upcoming tours and workshops.
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