Prairie Grasslands Birding Tour – up to 12 great bird species

Prairie Grasslands Birding Tour

APRIL - JULY

SUGGESTED TIMES: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Self-Drive Birding Tour

Estimated Return Driving Distance: 500 km

PUBLIC WASHROOMS: located in gas stations in various towns

Where to see Prairie Birds in Canada?

Prairie Grasslands Birding Tour

Join our experienced local birding guide for a 8 hour drive visiting the best prairie birding habitats in the Saskatoon region for seeing or hearing hard-to-find grassland birds!

Some grassland birds that might be seen or heard during the Prairie Grasslands Birding Tour include: Sharp-tailed Grouse, Swainson’s Hawk, Long-billed Curlew, Upland Sandpiper, Marbled Godwit, Sprague’s Pipit, Loggerhead Shrike, Western Kingbird, Baird’s Sparrow, Vesper Sparrow, Clay-colored Sparrow, Western Meadowlark.

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 the birds under high magnification.

Early morning departure recommended.

Suggested items to Bring:

  • Clothes suitable for the weather (rain jacket, sun hat, etc.)
  • Water bottle
  • Binoculars, Spotting Scope and camera (optional)

Transportation

Participants on these tours need to drive their own personal or rented vehicle. RVs and vehicles pulling trailers are permitted on private tours but are not recommended.  Due to the distance travelled, this tour is not recommended for full electric vehicles.

Prairie Grasslands Birding Tour Fee

PRIVATE PRAIRIE GRASSLANDS BIRDING TOUR FEE: CAD $890 (about US$660, £575) for a party of 1 – 4 persons
Taxes included.

Fee includes guiding services during 8 hour trip. A tax receipt for 50% of the tour fee will be issued to the person paying for the tour.
Meals, transportation and accommodation are NOT included.
SAVE $150 if you can transport leader during tour from Saskatoon and back.

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

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.

Prairie Grasslands Birding Tour Reservation

RESERVATIONS: Send 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.

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

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

Stan Shadick - Tour Leader
Western Meadowlark - Prairie Grasslands Birding Tour
Western Meadowlark by Nick Saunders
Sharp-tailed Grouse by Nick Saunders
Baird’s Sparrow by Nick Saunders

Can I bring my pet dog on this tour?

Dogs are permitted on private tours provided they are kept on a leash at all times. Dogs should not be let out of the vehicle at birding stops.

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. The leader will usually 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.
  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 or drive client's vehicle

Gift Certificates Available Now

GIFT CERTIFICATES: Click here for information about purchasing a gift certificate for this tour or any of our other tours.

Other Tours

This Prairie Grasslands 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.

Cypress Hills Tour

Multiple Tours Discount

Can't decide which tour to take?

Check out our multiple tours discount described here.

Proceeds support Living Sky Wildlife Rehabilitation

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.