Duck Mountain Park Birding Tour
JUNE 7 - 10, 2022
Escorted self-driving group tour
DUCK MOUNTAIN BIRDING TOUR DESCRIPTION
Join 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. We will also make stops at the Quill Lakes.
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 is the first part of our Saskatchewan Birding Hotspots Tour Series from June 7 -20, 2022. Following this tour, you may also choose to register for any of following additional group tours in this series.
- Saskatoon Birdwatching Tour - June 11 AM
- Beaver Creek Birding and Hiking Tour - June 11 PM
- Cypress Hills - Grasslands National Park Birding Tour - June 12 - 17
- Best Birding Hotspots of SE Saskatchewan Tour - June 17 - 20
Your leader will be Stan Shadick with Saskatoon Custom Bird Tours. All tour proceeds support Living Sky Wildlife Rehabilitation.
Transportation: All participants will travel in their own personal or rented vehicle. Masks will be worn birding stops.
Dates: June 7 - 10. By choosing a mid-week tour, we avoid the noise of weekend crowds. This time should coincide with the peak of the songbird breeding season in the park. The dates are also chosen so that participants may also join the Cypress Hills - Grasslands Park Birding tour from June 12 - 17.
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.
Duck Mountain Park Tour departs Saskatoon at 8 am. Participants may choose to join the tour at either Humboldt or Watson or Kamsack.
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
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
We plan to spend the day birding hotspots near Madge Lake.
- Overnight at a park cabin
We plan to bird in Duck Mountain park in the early morning and then drive back to Saskatoon. Some planned stops may include:
- Good Spirit Provincial Park
- South shore Quill Lakes to look for egrets
June 7 - 10, 2022 Duck Mountain Park Public Group Tour Fee: CAD $790 (about US $620) 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.
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.
Questions: please email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 306-652-5975 during evenings.
If you do not hear back from us within 24 hours, then please email: email@example.com or phone 306-652-5975.
Tour Guide: Stan Shadick. Click for more information about your tour guide.
COVID SAFETY POLICY ON TOURS
- 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.
- 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.
- 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. Isogel available on tours.
- 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.
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MULTIPLE TOURS DISCOUNT
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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.
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.