Forestry Farm Park Bird Walk – 2 fantastic hours birding in Saskatoon’s best wooded park

Forestry Farm Park Birding and Walking Tour

Private Tours

April:                    1:30 PM – 3:30 PM
May – September: 8:30 AM – 10:30 AM or 1:30 PM – 3:30 PM

Public Group Tours

Forestry Farm Park Group Birding Tours:

  • Sat. April 13, 2024 1:30 PM – 3:30 PM
  • Mon. April 22, 2024 1:30 PM – 3:30 PM
  • Fri. May 3, 2024 1:30 PM – 3:30 PM
  • Fri. June 28, 2024 8:30 AM – 10:30 AM
  • Thu. July 4, 2024 8:30 AM – 10:30 AM
  • Sat. July 27, 2024 8:30 AM – 10:30 AM
  • Sun. August 4, 2024 8:30 AM – 10:30 AM
  • Tue. August 13, 2024 8:30 AM – 10:30 AM
  • Tue. August 27, 2024 8:30 AM – 10:30 AM

Forestry Farm Park Tour Meeting Place: CLICK HERE for google link to meeting place in parking lot near old 2-storey brick Superintendent’s Building on Rosy Bloom Drive.

Nearest public washrooms: Forestry Farm park

Forestry Farm Park Birding Tour Description

Enjoy observing woodland songbirds plus several ducks and geese during a guided 2-hour birding walk through the wooded grounds of Saskatoon’s Forestry Farm Park.  This park is adjacent to the Saskatoon Zoo. These walking trails offer excellent viewing and bird photography opportunities.

Both novice and experienced birders are welcome to join this tour to Forestry Farm Park. The leader will point out the field marks used to identify each bird. You may request to borrow a pair of binoculars. The leader will provide a spotting scope for viewing water birds under high magnification.

During spring and summer months from April through August over 100 species have been found at Forestry Farm Park.  Some birds of interest include: Merlin, Spotted Sandpiper, Downy Woodpecker, Eastern Kingbird, Warbling Vireo, Black-billed Magpie, House Wren, Gray Catbird, Brown Thrasher, Clay-colored, Chipping and Song Sparrow,, Yellow Warbler and Common Yellowthroat. Additional migrating warblers may be seen in late May and late August / early September.

Forestry Farm Park Birding Tour Fees

Private Forestry Farm Park Birding Tour Fee: Groups of 1 – 4 people are charged a guiding fee of
CAD $150 for private guided birding tour at Donna Birkmaier Park. Transportation, accommodation and meals are not included. Advance registration required.

Public Forestry Farm Park Group Birding Tour Fee: $65 per person. Transportation, accommodation and meals are not included. Advance registration required.

TAX RECEIPT: A tax receipt for 50% of the tour fee will be issued to the person paying for the tour.

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CANCELLATION POLICY: Refunds less a $50 administration fee will be given if cancellation notice received 14 days before date of tour.
No refunds if cancellation notice received less than 14 days before date of tour unless another client takes your place.

Step-on Guide Service available for bus tours.

Larger group tours available on request.

Tour Reservations

RESERVATIONS for Forestry Farm Park Birding and Walking Tour: Please complete and submit the following form or email us your full name(s), mailing address, email address and requested tour dates.

E-mail: birdtours@sasktel.net
Phone: 306-652-5975

Full payment due at time of booking. Payment instruction will be emailed to you after registration form is received.

All fees support Living Sky Wildlife Rehabilitation.

Use landline if you don’t have a cell phone.
Mailing address needed for tax receipt.
Smoking is allowed only inside your own personal vehicle. No smoking is permitted outside during birding stops or hikes.

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

 

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Some Birds at Forestry Farm Park

Donna Birkmaier Birding Tour
Black-billed Magpie
by Nick Saunders
Ruddy Duck by Nick Saunders

Can I bring my pet dog on this tour?

Dogs are permitted on private tours but not on group tours.

Covid Safety Policy on Tours

  1. Your tour leader is fully vaccinated.
  2. Clients must normally drive themselves in their own personal or rented vehicle or take a taxi. The leader will normally drive in a separate vehicle.
  3. This policy may change when public health orders change or when Covid case numbers decrease.
  4. 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 Donna Birkmaier Park Birding and Walking tour makes an excellent birthday gift, anniversary gift, Mother’s Day gift, Father’s Day gift, graduation 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.

Tour Guide

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

Other Tours

Donna Birkmaier Park Birding and Walking Tour may be combined with:

Other Tours and Workshops: Click here to see a complete list of our upcoming tours and workshops.

Multiple Tours Discount

Can’t decide which tour to take?

Check out our multiple tours discount described here.

History

The park was originally established as the Dominion Forest Nursery Station. Between 1913 and 1966, this nursery shipped 147 million trees to farmers across the 3 prairie provinces.