Porter Lake Birding Tour – 3 great hours with water birds

Porter Lake Birding Tour

April to early September

Morning Tours: 9 AM - 12 Noon
Afternoon Tours: 2 PM - 5 PM

Self-Drive Birding Tour

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You may reserve your 2022 tour now and not pay until February 1, 2022.

TOUR DESCRIPTION

Situated 30 minutes from Saskatoon on the edge of the Strawberry Hills, Porter Lake Important Bird Area attracts over 120 bird species over the course of the year. Colonies of Black-crowned Night Herons, Double-crested Cormorants and Bank Swallows have nested here in recent years.

Join us for a 3-hour leisurely driving tour.  Great for a family outing. During this Porter Lake Birding Tour, your leader will identify the birds and set up a spotting scope allowing you to get the best view of the birds.

COVID SAFETY POLICY ON 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.

Porter Lake Birding through the Seasons

April: Porter Lake attracts numerous ducks in splendid breeding plumage.

May: In addition to the herons, ducks and cormorants, American Avocets and other shorebirds may be seen on the shore of Porter Lake.

June: Watch for baby ducks, shorebirds and other water birds.

July - September: The lake abounds with migrating ducks and shorebirds from the arctic.

Some of the birds regularly attracted to this lake include 15 duck species plus 5 species of grebes (Horned, Eared, Pied-billed, Red--necked and Western), White Pelican, American Avocet, Marbled Godwit, Willet, Spotted Sandpiper,  Wilson's Phalarope, Franklin's Gull, Black Tern, Tree, Bank and Barn Swallows, Eastern Kingbird, Clay-colored, Vesper, Savannah, Nelson's and Song Sparrows, Western Meadowlark and Yellow-headed Blackbird.

Migrating shorebirds seen often during May, July or August include Ruddy Turnstone,  Sanderling, Black-bellied Plover,  yellowlegs,  plus Baird's Least, White-rumped (May), Pectoral, Semipalmated and Solitary Sandpipers. Other special migrants include Ross's Goose, Tundra Swan, Bonaparte's Gull (fall) and Lapland Longspur (May).

TOUR FEE

Private Escorted Tour Fee: $190 for family groups of 1 to 5 persons on the day of your choice. Fee covers expert guiding services during the 3-hour tour. Meals, transportation and accommodation are NOT included. Taxes included.

TAX RECEIPT: A tax receipt for 50% of the tour fee will be issued to the person paying for the tour provided payment is made by e-transfer to LSWR@sasktel.net.

CANCELLATION POLICY: Refunds less a $50 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.

RESERVATIONS

RESERVATIONS: Send us your full name(s), mailing address, email address and requested tour dates.

E-mail: birdtours@sasktel.net
Phone: 306-652-5975
Text: 306-281-2215

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.

Please email birdtours@sasktel.net if you do not hear back from us within 24 hours.

Black-crowned Night Heron at Porter Lake Birding Tour
Black-crowned Night Heron
by Nick Saunders
Watch for avocet during Chaplin Shorebirds Tour
American Avocet
by Nick Saunders

TESTIMONIAL:

"We really appreciated your tour last Wednesday; [Our young grandson] loved it!! He also told us he learned a lot.  I believe you have inspired him to continue his passion of birding.  Thanks again for the wonderful guiding!" DD August 6, 2021

TOUR GUIDE

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

WHAT TO BRING

Suggested items to Bring:

  • Clothes suitable for the weather (rain coat, hat, walking shoes, etc.)
  • Water bottle
  • Binoculars and camera or spotting scope (optional)
  • Ensure your vehicle has a full gas tank

OTHER TOURS

OTHER TOURS

This Porter Lake Birding Tour may be taken in conjunction with any of the following summer birding tours.

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

Proceeds support Living Sky Wildlife Rehabilitation charity.