Cypress Hills - Grasslands Park Birding Tour
TENTATIVE DATES: JUNE 12 - 17, 2022
Escorted self-driving tour
Join a small group of birders on a special 6-day / 5-night Cypress Hills - Grasslands Park Birding Tour. We will visit the best birding hotspots in SW Saskatchewan that are the favourites of both local and visiting birders.
Some of the special unique birds in the Cypress Hills 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 recent years. We plan to visit the west, central and east blocks of this birding hotspot.
In Grasslands National Park and other areas, we will watch and listen for Burrowing Owl, Ferruginous Hawk, Golden Eagle, Long-billed Curlew, Loggerhead Shrike, Sprague's Pipit, Baird's Sparrow, Brewer's Sparrow, Lark Bunting, Chestnut-collared Longspur and Thick-billed Longspur. See sidebar for a list of potential species of interest. A checklist of Saskatchewan birds may be downloaded HERE.
This Cypress Hills - Grasslands Park tour is one of the tours in the Saskatchewan Birding Hotspots Series offered by Saskatoon Custom Bird Tours. This tour can easily be taken following our Duck Mountain Park Tour on June 7 - 10, 2022 and before our Best Birding Hotspots Tour of SE Saskatchewan on June 17 - 20.
Transportation: All participants will travel in their own personal or rented vehicle. Masks will be worn birding stops.
Dates: June 12 - 17 . By choosing a mid-week tour, we avoid the noise of weekend crowds.
Accommodation Options. Both camping and hotel accommodation options are available.
Proposed Cypress Hills / Grasslands Park Itinerary
Weather conditions may result in changes to this planned itinerary.
Tour departs Saskatoon at 8 am. Participants may choose to join the tour at either Kindersley or Maple Creek.
Some of our planned birding stops include the following sites.
- Kindersley Regional Park
- Lemsford Ferry on South Saskatchewan River
- Sand dunes in the Great Sandhills
- Supper at Maple Creek
- Overnight at a Maple Creek hotel. Campers may wish to stay in west block campground.
- Optional late evening outing to listen for poorwills
We plan to spend the day birding in the best hotspots in the west block of Cypress Hills.
- Cypress Hills Switchbacks
- Fort Walsh hiking trails
- Cordilleran Flycatcher nesting site from previous years
- Conglomerate Cliffs
- Overnight at a motel in Consul SK
We plan to drive around the region south of Cypress Hills making stops to watch and listen for grassland birds. Some planned stops include:
- Govenlock area
- Cypress Lake Recreation Site
- Supper and overnight accommodation at The Resort at Cypress Hills (Centre Block).
Campers may stay at a park campground.
- Hike Whispering Pines Trail in evening.
- Optional late evening outing to listen for poorwills.
Today we will hike several easy trails within the centre block of Cypress Hills provincial park.
- Highlands Trail
- Whispering Pines Trail
- Supper at the resort.
- Sunset visit to Bald Butte viewpoint
We will drive through the east block of Cypress Hills making many stops including the following sites.
- Fairwell Creek
- Jones Peak
- Overnight at a motel near Grasslands Park
We will spend most of the morning in Grasslands National Park.
In the afternoon you may return home or continue with me to St Victor Petroglyphs if you are joining the Best Birding Hotspots of SE Saskatchewan Tour.
June 12 - 17, 2022 Cypress Hills - Grasslands Park Public Group Tour Fee: CAD $1090 (about US $860) for a group of 1 - 4 persons travelling in a single vehicle.
Fee includes guiding services. Meals and accommodation and transportation are NOT included.
Trip begins in Saskatoon at 8 am on June 12 and ends at Mankota, Saskatchewan about noon on June 17.
Tax Receipt. You will receipt a tax receipt for 50% of the tour fee.
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.
The number of participants accepted on this group tour is limited.
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Payment is not required until February 1, 2022.
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