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.

COVID SAFETY. We will practice special safe self-isolation steps during all 2021 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.

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.

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.  The person paying for the tour will receive a tax receipt for 50% of the tour fee. 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



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Sharp-tailed Grouse Dancing
by Nick Saunders
Sharp-tailed Grouse Portrait
by Nick Saunders
Stan Shadick – Tour Leader

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.