We offer private and group guided birding tours out of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. Some of our special tours include viewing dancing grouse (spring), prairie birds (summer), Whooping Cranes (fall), Snowy Owls (winter). Custom tours and bird ID workshops available.
See our full list of Upcoming tours below. All proceeds support the work of Living Sky Wildlife Rehabilitation.
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Saskatoon is located where two major North American bird flyways meet. During the breeding season in June and July about 150 bird species occur within grassland, wetland and woodland habitats. This list is augmented during the migration months of May, August and September when boreal and arctic nesting warblers, flycatchers, vireos and shorebirds are plentiful.
Elegant and endangered Whooping Cranes, North America’s tallest bird, are regularly seen from mid-September through mid-October.
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Snowy Owl Tour
See the white ghosts of winter!
Join our experienced local birding guide for a drive through a rural farming district reputed by owl experts to have the highest concentration of wintering Snowy Owls in the world!
We may also choose to visit the best hangout for wintering ducks and geese and Bald Eagles in the province.
Other possible birds to be seen during trip include Golden Eagle, Gyrfalcon, Prairie Falcon, Sharp-tailed Grouse, Gray Partridge, Snow Bunting, Common Redpoll, Common Raven, Bohemian Waxwing, Black-billed Magpie.
Chickadee Feeding Tour.
HALF Day Private and Group Tours. Let our experienced birding guide show you the best winter bird-rich locations near Saskatoon.
Chickadees will feed out of your hand! Marvel at the fearlessness of these tiny birds as they boldly fly to your hand for food. Sometimes nuthatches and downy woodpeckers will as well. Sunflower seeds provided. Very popular activity for kids and grand-parents!
Possible birds to be seen during hikes include Ruffed Grouse, Sharp-tailed Grouse, Pileated Woodpecker, Great Horned Owl, Hairy Woodpecker, Downy Woodpecker, Black-capped Chickadee, Blue Jay, Northern Shrike, White-breasted Nuthatch, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Bohemian Waxwing, Pine Grosbeak, Common Redpoll, Black-billed Magpie, Common Raven.
Saskatoon Winter Birdwatching Tour
Hike through the best bird-rich city parks with our experienced local guide looking for winter's colourful songbirds such as woodpeckers, nuthatches, chickadees, jays, crossbills, finches and Bohemian Waxwings. Sometimes we are treated to flocks of hundreds of flying waxwings fill Saskatoon's living skies.
Visit best hangouts for wintering ducks and geese.
Optional visits to Wanuskewin Park, Zoo, Museum of Natural Sciences and Diefenbaker Canada Centre.
Half and Full Day Private Tours available.
Forest Winter Private Birding Tour
Extended Full Day Private Birding Tour to Prince Albert National Park and Area. Join our experienced local birding guide for an Extended Full Day Drive to Boreal Forest habitat in Prince Albert National Park and adjacent areas. Visit best areas for finding and observing majestic Great Gray Owls and fearless Northern Hawk Owls. See Pine Grosbeaks, Redpolls and other winter finches.
Good opportunities for bird photography!
Dancing Grouse Tour
Join our experienced local birding guide for a 4-hour early morning or evening drive to view the spectacle of dancing Sharp-tailed Grouse at a roadside lek outside Saskatoon. Listen to the excitement of the sounds and dance moves of Saskatchewan's original dancers. Many of the traditional indigenous dances were inspired by this display.
Signs of Spring Birding Tour
♪ Spring in the Prairies, Comes like a Surprise! ♫
(Connie Kaldor, Saskatchewan Song Writer)
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 newly arriving birds as they return to our area.
Sounds of the Night Tour
Experience the variety of nature's sounds on a still dark night. Join Stan Shadick as he leads a small group of nature enthusiasts on a night driving trip along the backroads of Nisbet Forest near Duck Lake. We will make frequent stops near woods and ponds to listen for the hooting of Great Horned Owls and the whistles of Northern Saw-whet owls. We may also hear the drumming of a Ruffed Grouse or the whinny of a Wilson's Snipe. Other sounds might include the duck-like calls of Wood Frogs, the comb-like call of Boreal Chorus Frogs or the howling of a pack of coyotes. Who knows what other sounds we might discover!
Birding With A Purpose Workshops
Become a Citizen Scientist.
Learn how to make your personal observations, photos and/or audio recordings of birds contribute to our knowledge of their abundance and distribution.
Birding By Ear Workshops
Become a Better Birder. Expert birders identify most birds in any habitat using song identification. Some birds can only be safely identified by voice. You can learn to identify bird songs too!
Join in our spring series of sets of online plus optional outdoor workshop pairings designed to improve your skills at identification of common bird songs in Saskatoon's parks. Our workshops are arranged by habitat. Each series will focus on a small group of songbirds found in a given habitat at a particular time of year. For each set there will be one evening online session lasting about 1 hour followed by an optional 1-hour outdoor morning or evening field trip a day or 2 later.
Prairie Grasslands Private Viewing Tour
Listen to the sweet songs of Western Meadowlark, Sprague's Pipit and Baird's Sparrow. Watch for Long-billed Curlew and Swainson's Hawk. Join our experienced local birding guide for a 8 hour drive visiting the best prairie grassland birding habitats in the Saskatoon region.
Greenwater Lake Birding Group Tour
Join a 3-day / 2-night guided birding tour to visit Greenwater provincial park famous for its abundance of warblers, finches, flycatchers, woodpeckers and other forest songbirds. Saskatchewan's Greenwater Provincial Park is located in a mixed forested region about 270 km east of Saskatoon. The lakes and wetlands within this park attract many water birds including various ducks, rails, herons and many duck species. A remote area in this park is well-known as a breeding site for Trumpeter Swans. We will keep our eyes peeled for this special bird on any of the park's accessible ponds.
Chaplin Shorebirds Tour
Shorebirds galore! Extended 12 hour birding tour from Saskatoon visiting the best shorebird habitats in Saskatchewan at Chaplin Shorebird Reserve and other nearby hotspots. Endangered Piping Plover is often found here. Other 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.
Prairie Lakes Birding Tour
Ducks galore! Watch the mating antics of male ducks in spring or cute families of ducklings later in summer. Join our experienced local birding guide for a 4 hour drive to visit some of the best bird-rich lakes in the Saskatoon region. Visit deep lakes for diving ducks and pelicans. Also visit shallow ponds for viewing dabbling ducks and grebes. Listen to the varied musical offerings of wetland sparrows, rails and other marsh songbirds.
Beaver Creek Birding and Hiking Tour
Beaver Creek is an attractive bird-rich wooded valley next to grasslands with several walking trails. Here this creek flows into the South Saskatchewan River. Many native wildflowers may be found blooming here in summer. An indoor interpretive centre on site has displays and washrooms with running water.
During guided tours, we usually select the trail with the best variety of songbirds. The trails are relatively flat with stairs provided in the steeper portions.
During spring and summer months from mid-May through early-September over 60 species have been found at this location. Additional migrating songbirds may be seen in late May and late August / early September.
Cypress Hills Group Birding Tour
See the birdlife of Saskatchewan birder's favourite birding region. Join a small group of birders on a 5-day / 4-night guided birding tour to the Cypress Hills region of SW Saskatchewan. Some of the special unique birds of this region include MacGillivray's Warbler, Dusky Flycatcher, Red-naped Sapsucker, Poorwill, Pacific Wren, Violet-Green Swallow. We also look for rare Cordilleran Flycatcher and Bullock's Oriole found in the park in 2020. We plan to visit the west, central and east blocks of this birding hotspot.
Camp Wolf Willow Birding Tours
Experience the sounds and sights of birdlife in a prairie wilderness. Camp Wolf Willow is a natural oasis situated on the east bank of the beautiful South Saskatchewan River valley south of Saskatoon. This private site has a grassy coulee with a small stream plus a wooded valley offering several km of hiking trails. Beavers have dammed the stream where it enters the river creating a bird-rich wetland. The camp has its own private beach and winery.
Warbler Walking Tour
View the huge variety of colourful patterns of Saskatchewan's warblers. Join Stan Shadick for a 3-hour walking tour through one of the best bird-rich city parks. We will look for migrating warblers and other songbirds. Your guide will help you find the field marks to identify them.
Whooping and Sandhill Crane Viewing Tours
See Canada's most majestic bird. In recent years, the grain fields near Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada have become the best dependable viewing location in the world to view rare Whooping Cranes, the tallest bird in North America. For many years we have found groups of 10 - 30 birds feeding during fall migration. In 2018, we found a single flock in excess of 150 whoopers! In 2019 and 2020, there were several flocks totaling over 80 individuals. As local birders, we know the best historical places to search for these spectacular birds.
Pelican Photography and Viewing Tour
Watch flying pelicans, which have the greatest wingspan of any Saskatchewan bird. Join Stan Shadick for a 7-hour driving tour to view a location where hundreds of pelicans congregate before migrating south. We should also see many other kinds of ducks and other water birds. Round-trip driving distance about 300 km. This trip is ideal for photography of pelicans in flight.
Bald Eagle Viewing Tour
See eagles perching in a tree like Christmas decorations! Join Stan Shadick for a 5-hour private driving tour from Saskatoon to view a location where many Bald Eagles congregate before migrating south. We should also see many kinds of ducks and other water birds.
Custom Private Birding Tour
Want a guide for birding in other Saskatchewan localities?
Have a list of birds that you would like to see?
Hire Stan Shadick for your private escorted birding tour. Rates are just $65 per hour and 50 cents per km. Email your special requests to email@example.com and provide your name, contact information and preferred dates.
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