Signs of Spring Birding Tour: 1 great option for Mother’s Day

SIGNS OF SPRING BIRDING TOUR

MARCH 21 - JUNE 20

MOTHER'S DAY SPECIAL EVENT - 2 PM SUNDAY, MAY 8

Self-Drive Escorted Birding Tour

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

WHERE TO FIND SIGNS OF SPRING?

TOUR DESCRIPTION - Signs of Spring Birding Tour

Experience the sights and songs of birdlife during springtime on the prairies.

Join us for a 3-hour leisurely driving tour along back roads near Saskatoon to look for signs of spring in the form of newly arriving birds returning to nest in our region. Great for a family outing. During this signs of spring tour, your leader will identify the birds and discuss their fascinating natural history.

Great Mother's Day gift, Easter gift, Birthday gift, Anniversary gift or Retirement gift.

We expect to find different birds depending upon the date of the signs of spring tour. Some of the special birds we hope to find include:

Early April: Snow Goose, Bald Eagle, Red-tailed Hawk, Northern Shrike, Mountain Bluebird,  Horned Lark, American Tree Sparrow, Western Meadowlark.

Late April: Snow Goose, Cackling Goose, Ross's Goose, White-fronted Goose, Tundra Swan, ducks, grebes, Sandhill Crane, Killdeer, Red-tailed Hawk, American Kestrel, Mountain Bluebird, Horned Lark, Western Meadowlark, Red-winged Blackbird.

May: Tundra Swan, ducks, grebes, Mourning Dove, Sandhill Crane, American Avocet, Willet, Swainson's Hawk, Loggerhead Shrike, Tree Swallow, Mountain Bluebird, Savannah Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Yellow-headed Blackbird, Western Meadowlark.

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

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 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. Isogel normally 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 or drive client's vehicle.

TOUR FEE - Signs of Spring Birding Tour

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. It is possible to combine this tour with the Dancing Grouse private tour.

Mother's Day Afternoon Group Escorted Tour Fee:  $75 per person. Maximum 6 vehicles. If more than 2 people are travelling in a single vehicle, their total fee is just $190. Unlike the above private tours, this option may have several families travelling in a convoy with each family in their own vehicle. This option available only from 2 pm to 5 pm on May 8. 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 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.

RESERVATIONS

RESERVATIONS: Submit the form below or email 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

Payment may be made by e-transfer payable to Living Sky Wildlife Rehabilitation and emailed to LSWR@sasktel.net

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.

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

Signs of Spring Birding Tour
Mountain Bluebird
by May Haga
Western Meadowlark
by Nick Saunders
Bald Eagle
by Nick Saunders
Yellow-headed Blackbird
by Nick Saunders

PREVIOUS TOUR CLIENT IMAGES

Willet displaying
by Burt Wang

GIFT CERTIFICATES AVAILABLE NOW

This 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.

TOUR GUIDE

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

OTHER TOUR OPTIONS

Signs of Spring Tour may be easily combined with:

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

MULTIPLE TOURS DISCOUNT

Can't decide which tour to take?

Check out our multiple tours discount described here.

Proceeds support Living Sky Wildlife Rehabilitation charity.