Grasslands National Park Birding Tour from Saskatoon, Regina, Moose Jaw or Swift Current – Best Prairie Birds 2022

Grasslands National Park 2-Day Birding Tour

PRIVATE TOURS: JUNE - EARLY SEPTEMBER 2022

NEXT PUBLIC GROUP TOUR: 2023

Escorted self-driving tour

IDEAL 2-Day GRASSLANDS PARK TOUR FOR RESIDENTS OR VISITORS TO

  • SASKATOON
  • SWIFT CURRENT
  • REGINA (2 h 30 m to Swift Current)
  • MOOSE JAW (1 h 45 m to Swift Current)
  • NORTH BATTLEFORD (1 h 35 m to Rosetown)
  • KINDERSLEY (1 h to Rosetown)

Saskatoon starting point: 8:30 AM
Rosetown starting point: 10:00 AM
Swift Current starting point:  1:00 PM
Val Marie starting point: 4:00 PM

Estimated Return Driving Distance from Saskatoon: 1000 km

WHERE ARE BEST PLACES TO SEE BIRDS IN GRASSLANDS PARK?

Grasslands Park Tour
Grasslands National Park

GRASSLANDS PARK BIRDING TOUR DESCRIPTION

Join a private 2-Day tour or a small group of birders on a special 2-day / 1-night group Grasslands National Park Birding Tour.  We will visit the best birding hotspots in the west block of this Saskatchewan park near the Montana border. We will also make stops at Saskatchewan Landing and Douglas Provincial parks. Your leader will be Stan Shadick with Saskatoon Custom Bird Tours. All proceeds support Living Sky Wildlife Rehabilitation.

Some of the special unique birds in the Grasslands Park region include Burrowing Owl, Ferruginous Hawk, Golden Eagle, Sprague's Pipit and many species of grassland birds. Canada's only Black-tailed Prairie Dogs occur here as well as a wild herd of bison.

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.

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

Transportation: All participants will travel in their own personal or rented vehicle. Masks may be worn at birding stops if covid regulations suggest it.

Proposed Group Tour Date: TBA in 2023

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

Grasslands National Park Itinerary

Weather conditions may result in changes to this planned itinerary.

Day 1

Tour departs Saskatoon at 8:30 am.
Participants may choose to join the tour at either Rosetown or Swift Current.

Some of our planned birding stops include the following sites.

  • Saskatchewan Landing Provincial Park
  • Val Marie Reservoir Bird Sanctuary
  • Overnight at Convent Inn in Val Marie. Campers may wish to stay in a campground.
  • Optional late evening outing to listen for owls

DAY 2

We plan to bird in the park all morning and then drive back home in the afternoon.  If you wish, you may plan to stay longer in the park on your own. Some planned stops include:

  • Top Dogtown trail
  • Frenchman River Valley
  • Larson Interpretive Trail
  • Little Breed Creek Prairie Dog town
  • North Gillespie Road
  • Douglas Provincial Park

TOUR FEE

PRIVATE Grasslands Park Tour Fee: CAD $1750   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 9 am on day 1 and returns about 6 pm on day 2.
SAVE $200. If you have space to transport leader in your personal or rented vehicle during tour from Saskatoon and back, then deduct $200 from the tour fee.

Public Grasslands Park Group Tour Fee: CAD $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 9 am on June 25 and returns about 6 pm on June 26.

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.

REGISTRATION FORM

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

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

Mailing Address needed for tax receipt.
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.
Least to most expensive options. oTENTik AND Teepee camping available.

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

TOUR GUIDE

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

 

Grasslands National Park Trails
Photgraphing Grasslands National Park
Photographer in Grasslands Park

Some Potential Birds of Interest during Grasslands Park Tour

  • Wood Duck
  • Greater Sage-Grouse (rare)
  • Sharp-tailed Grouse
  • Swainson's Hawk
  • Ferruginous Hawk
  • Golden Eagle
  • Prairie Falcon (rare)
  • Long-billed Curlew
  • Upland Sandpiper
  • Burrowing Owl
  • Loggerhead Shrike
  • Black-billed Magpie
  • Rock Wren
  • Mountain Bluebird
  • Brown Thrasher
  • Sprague's Pipit
  • Thick-billed Longspur
  • Chestnut-Collared Longspur
  • Lapland Longspur
  • Spotted Towhee
  • Brewer's Sparrow
  • Lark Sparrow
  • Lark Bunting
  • Baird's Sparrow
  • Grasshopper Sparrow
Grasslands Park
Birding Tour in Grasslands Park Photo by Beverley Currie

TESTIMONIALS

"Thanks for a marvelous birding trip. I thoroughly enjoyed myself and saw more than I expected."
D.S. May 2022

"Great group, great trip!  Thanks, Stan."
B.C. May 2022

GIFT CERTIFICATES AVAILABLE NOW

This Grasslands National Park Birding Tour makes an excellent birthday gift, anniversary 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.

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.

COVID SAFETY POLICY ON GRASSLAND PARK 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. Isogel available on tours.
  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.

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