Duck Mountain Park Tour from Saskatoon or Regina or Yorkton: 4 exciting days birding Saskatchewan’s eastern forests

Duck Mountain Park Birding Tour

PRIVATE TOURS AVAILABLE: MAY - AUGUST, 2022

NEXT GROUP TOUR: JUNE 5 - 8, 2023

Tour starts in Saskatoon meeting participants in Humboldt, Wadena and Canora.
Participants departing Moose Jaw, Regina or Yorkton should meet tour at Canora.
Prince Albert participants may meet tour at Watson.

ESTIMATED RETURN DRIVING DISTANCE FROM SASKATOON: 950 km

Escorted self-driving group tour

DUCK MOUNTAIN BIRDING TOUR DESCRIPTION

Join a private tour or a group tour with a small group of birders on a special 4-day / 3-night Duck Mountain Park Birding Tour.  We will visit the best birding hotspots in this Saskatchewan park near the Manitoba border in western Canada. We will also make stops at the Quill Lakes.

Both novice and experienced bird watchers are welcome. A loaner pair of binoculars may be available if requested. The leader will bring a spotting scope to allow you to view birds under high magnification.

Some of the special birds we expect to see or hear on this Duck Mountain tour include Great Egret, Broad-winged Hawk, Barred Owl, Black-backed Woodpecker, Great Crested Flycatcher, Blue-headed Vireo, Winter Wren,  Nashville Warbler, Black-throated Green Warbler, Blackburnian Warbler, Canada Warbler, Evening Grosbeak plus many other species of warblers, flycatchers, raptors and lake birds. With luck we might spot one of the following rare species that have previously occasionally been reported in this park including Trumpeter Swan, American Woodcock, Red-headed Woodpecker,  Scarlet Tanager and Golden-winged Warbler.

See sidebar for a list of potential species. A checklist of Saskatchewan birds may be downloaded HERE.

This Duck Mountain Park Birding tour may be taken as the first part of our Saskatchewan Birding Hotspots Tour Series in 2023. Following this tour, you may also choose to register for any of following additional group tours in this series.

Your leader will be Stan Shadick with Saskatoon Custom Bird Tours.

All tour proceeds support Living Sky Wildlife Rehabilitation charity.

Transportation: All participants will travel in their own personal or rented vehicle. Masks will be worn birding stops.

Accommodation Options. Both camping and hotel accommodation options are available. Suggestions will be sent to registered guests.

Proposed Duck Mountain Park Birding Tour Itinerary

Weather conditions may result in changes to this planned itinerary.

Day 1

Duck Mountain Park Tour departs Saskatoon at 8 am.
Participants may choose to join the tour at either Humboldt or Watson or Canora.

Some of our planned birding stops include the following sites.

  • Quill Lakes north shore
  • Fishing Lakes
  • Overnight at a park cabin. Campers may wish to stay in a nearby campground.
  • Optional late evening outing to listen for owls

DAY 2

We plan to spend the day birding the best hotspots near small lakes, hills and creeks in the southern portion of this heavily forested park.

  • Overnight at a park cabin

DAY 3

We plan to spend the day birding hotspots near Madge Lake.

  • Overnight at a park cabin

DAY 4

We plan to bird in Duck Mountain park in the early morning and then drive back to Saskatoon. Some planned stops may include:

  • Kamsack
  • Good Spirit Provincial Park
  • South shore Quill Lakes to look for egrets

PRIVATE TOUR FEE

4-DAY Duck Mountain Park Private Tour Fee: $2690 for a private 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 and returns about 6 pm day 4.
SAVE $600 if you cover leader's transportation and accommodation costs by driving leader in your vehicle and providing him with a bedroom for his use in your shared cabin at Madge Lake Rentals.

Tax Receipt. You will receipt a tax receipt for 50% of the Duck Mountain Tour fee.

CANCELLATION POLICY: Refunds less a $50 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.

GROUP TOUR FEE

June 5 - 8, 2023 4-DAY Duck Mountain Park Public Group Tour Fee: TBA 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 7 and returns about 6 pm on June 10.

June 5 - 7, 2022 3-DAY Duck Mountain Park Public Group Tour Fee: TBA 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 7 and ends about noon on June 9.

Tax Receipt. You will receipt a tax receipt for 50% of the tour fee.

CANCELLATION POLICY: Refunds less a $50 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.

INFORMATION REQUEST FORM

The number of participants accepted on this group tour is limited.

Questions: please email birdtours@sasktel.net or phone 306-652-5975 during evenings.

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

 

Duck Mountain Park Birding Tour
Duck Mountain Park
Aerial view of Madge Lake, Duck Mountain

 

Birding by Ear Workshop helps you learn to identify bird songs.
Blackburnian Warbler by Nick Saunders

TOUR LEADER

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

COVID SAFETY POLICY ON TOURS

  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 normally 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.

GIFT CERTIFICATES AVAILABLE NOW

This Duck Mountain Birding tour makes an excellent birthday gift, anniversary gift, graduation gift, retirement gift, Mother's Day 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.

Other Tours and Workshops:

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MULTIPLE TOURS DISCOUNT

Can't decide which tour to take?

Check out our multiple tours discount described here.

Some Potential Birds of Interest

  • Trumpeter Swan
  • Wood Duck
  • Ruffed Grouse
  • Common Loon
  • Western Grebe
  • American White Pelican
  • Great Egret
  • Black-crowned Night Heron
  • Broad-winged Hawk
  • Forster's Tern
  • Barred Owl
  • Ruby-throated Hummingbird
  • Black-backed Woodpecker
  • Pileated Woodpecker
  • Eastern Wood-Pewee
  • Great Crested Flycatcher
  • Blue-headed Vireo
  • Canada Jay
  • Winter Wren
  • Golden-winged Warbler
  • Nashville Warbler
  • Chestnut-sided Warbler
  • Magnolia Warbler
  • Cape May Warbler
  • Black-throated Green Warbler
  • Blackburnian Warbler
  • Mourning Warbler
  • Canada Warbler
  • Evening Grosbeak

HOW TO GET TO SASKATOON

Air: Saskatoon International Airport (YXE) is served by Air Canada, Westjet, and their partners United and Delta.

Train: Saskatoon's  Train Station is served by Via Rail's Canadian train serving Toronto, Winnipeg, Saskatoon, Edmonton, Jasper and Vancouver.

Bus: Saskatoon - Edmonton and Saskatoon - Regina bus service

Car: Saskatoon is located on Canada's Yellowhead cross-country highway plus 6 other major highways connecting with all cities in Canada and USA. If you drive, you do not need to rent a car for our tours.