Extended Full Day Tour from mid April – October
Self-Drive Birding Tour
Visit 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, this 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.
- 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
- Clients must drive themselves in their own personal or rented vehicle. The leader will drive in a separate vehicle. We will use cell phones to communicate with each other during the tour.
- Tour will be rescheduled if either the leader or any of the clients show any signs of illness (coughing, sneezing, sore throat, etc.).
- 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.
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.
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.
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.