Last Mountain Lake Bird Sanctuary Tour
Extended Full Day Tour from mid April – October
Self-Drive Birding Tour
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You may reserve your 2022 tour now and not pay until February 1, 2022.
Visit Last Mountain Lake - the First National Bird Sanctuary to be established in North America!
On the recommendation of Edgar Dewdney, Lieutenant-Governor of the North-West Territories, this sanctuary was set aside in 1887 by the government of Sir John A MacDonald (Canada's first prime minister) for the protection of wildfowl, the first such reserve on the North American continent. It was established as a federal migratory bird sanctuary four years after Parliament passed the Migratory Birds Convention Act of 1917.
Internationally recognized, Last Mountain wildlife area is a migration stopover point in spring and fall for hundreds of thousands of waterfowl, cranes and countless smaller birds, and a summer nesting area for over 100 species, including several rare species.
- Full Day 8 hour self-drive escorted birding tour from Saskatoon visiting the bird sanctuary plus nearby hotspots. We can meet up with visitors from Regina and Prince Albert.
- An optional 3 hour evening extension permits viewing birds at the optimal time for photography with the sun low in the sky.
- Ideal Birthday gift; Anniversary gift or Retirement gift for the birder in your family.
- Spring and Early Summer: Best time to observe grassland birds
- Summer: Observe numerous shorebirds
- Fall: Witness the huge flocks of sandhill cranes and geese.
- Possible Grassland birds include Short-eared Owl, Sharp-tailed Grouse, Upland Sandpiper, Sprague's Pipit, Baird’s Sparrow, Grasshopper Sparrow, Western Meadowlark.
- Possible shorebirds often include Red Knot, Sanderling, Wilson’s Phalarope, Red-necked Phalarope, American Avocet, Black-necked Stilt, Marbled Godwit, Hudsonian Godwit, Stilt Sandpiper, Least Sandpiper, Baird’s Sandpiper, Semipalmated Sandpiper, Pectoral Sandpiper, Short-billed Dowitcher, Lesser Yellowlegs, Willet, Solitary Sandpiper, Spotted Sandpiper, Black-bellied Plover, Semipalmated Plover, Killdeer.
- Possible waterfowl include Snow, Ross's, Greater White-fronted, Cackling and Canada Geese plus Tundra Swans, White-winged Scoter and 17 other duck species.
Suggested items to Bring:
- Clothes suitable for the weather (rain jacket, sun hat, etc.)
- Water bottle
- Binoculars and camera (optional)
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.
Full Day Tour Fee: CA$590 (about US$470) for groups of 1 – 4 persons Taxes included.
Fee includes guiding services only for 8 hour trip. Client supplies their own transportation in personal or rented vehicle. Meals, transportation and accommodation are NOT included.
Optional Evening Extension Fee: CA$190 adds 3 additional hours to the regular tour.
TAX RECEIPT: A tax receipt for 50% of the tour fee will be issued to the person paying for the tour.
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.
All proceeds support the work of Living Sky Wildlife Rehabilitation charity. https://livingskywildliferehabilitation.org/
RESERVATIONS: Send your full name(s), mailing address, email address and requested tour dates.
Payment may be made by etransfer payable to Living Sky Wildlife Rehabilitation and emailed to LSWR@sasktel.net
Please use "mountain" as the answer to the security question.
The Algonquian Indians believed that Last Mountain Lake was formed by a great spirit who dug out the lake’s valley to build mountains with its dirt. Some say he made the lake to make room for all the birds of the region.
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.
This Last Mountain Lake Birding Tour may be taken in conjunction with any of the following summer birding tours.
- Saskatchewan Birding Hotspots Tour Series June 7 - 20, 2022
- Beaver Creek Birding and Hiking Tour - 3 hours from $195
- Chaplin Shorebirds Tour
- Chappell Marsh Birding and Hiking Tour - 2 hours
- Duck Mountain Birding Tour - eastern birds June 7 - 10
- Porter Lake Birding Tour
- Prairie Grasslands Birding Tour
- Prairie Lakes Birding Tour - 4 hours $295
- Quill Lakes Birding Tour
- Songbird Stroll
- Sunday Morning Guided Bird Walk
- Duck Mountain Park Group Birding Tour - June 7 - 10
- Cypress Hills - Grasslands Park Group Birding Tour - June 12 - 17
- Prince Albert National Park Birding Tour - July 3 - 5
- Warbler Walking Tour