Wild Raptor Tour

NEXT EVENT:  TBA [email birdtours@sasktel.net if interested]

Self-Drive Escorted Tour

The Raptor Migration is underway.

Join Stan Shadick and other fellow raptor enthusiasts for a 2 - 3 hour driving tour in search of wild raptors near Saskatoon.

For the September 12 tour, we expect to find numerous Swainson's Hawks. This large buteo breeds in open country near Saskatoon. They are now feeding and gathering into groups to prepare for their incredible long migration south to their wintering grounds in Argentina. Most individuals occur in the light colour morph but we will watch for any rare dark morph birds.

We should also encounter several Red-tailed Hawks, another buteo that breeds in well-treed areas surrounding Saskatoon.  Individuals in this species occur with a wide variety of plumages. Although most birds have reddish tails, some have brown tails and some have mainly white tails. Most have light coloured bellies but we might see some dark morphs with very dark bellies.

During this driving tour, we also have a chance of spotting any of the following less common raptor species:

  • Turkey Vulture
  • Osprey
  • Northern Harrier
  • Sharp-shinned Hawk
  • Cooper's Hawk
  • Bald Eagle
  • Broad-winged Hawk
  • American Kestrel
  • Merlin
  • Peregrine Falcon

We will travel in a convoy of no more than 8 vehicles (including leader) along back-country gravel roads so that we can safely stop to view any raptors we encounter. We will likely use Whatsapp on your cellphone to communicate between vehicles during the tour. Meeting location details sent to registered guests.

This tour makes an excellent birthday gift, anniversary gift, graduation gift for a birder, birdwatcher or anyone interested in nature.

Fee: $95 per group of 1 - 4 persons.  All members of your group must travel in a single personal or rented vehicle in the car convoy. Registration limited to 7 groups.  Because all proceeds support Living Sky Wildlife Rehabilitaition charity, you will receive a tax receipt for 50% of the fee.


  • Email birdtours@sasktel.net or phone 306-652-5975 and provide your names, email address and phone number.
  • Payment required at time of registration using either option described below.

Payment Options

  • E-transfer. Payment may be made by e-transfer payable to Living Sky Wildlife Rehabilitation and emailed to
    LSWR@sasktel.net.Please use "raptors" as the answer to the security question.
  • Credit Card. Please phone us at 306-652-5975 if you prefer to use a credit card.



Swainson's Hawk
Swainson's Hawk
by Nick Saunders
Northern Harrier
Northern Harrier
by May Haga
Sharp-shinned Hawk
Sharp-shinned Hawk
by May Haga

Workshop Leader: Stan Shadick. Click for more information about your workshop leader.

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