Camp Wolf Willow Birding Day Tours with Camping Option

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Camp Wolf Willow

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.

Option 1. Join experienced birding guide Stan Shadick for a special summer day trip on July 17, 2021 when we will walk the camp’s river trails plus drive to other prairie grassland habitats in the region to listen to the symphony of prairie songbirds and watch for wetland and grassland birds plus soaring raptors.

Spotted Towhee
by May Haga

Option 2. During another special day trip on September 18, 2021 you may witness the spectacle of hundreds of thousands of Snow Geese resting on a nearby water body. Later at sunset, you can watch the setting sun from the top of the river valley while listening to calls of coyotes plus thousands of Sandhill Cranes and geese as they fly low over our heads to roost on the river’s sandbars for the night.

Snow Geese
by May Haga
Dancing Sandhill Crane
by May Haga

Option 3. Custom private guided birding tours are also available on other dates for individuals, couples and families who wish to overnight at Camp Wolf Willow. You may use your own tent or camper or rent one of their famous luxury tents (glamping). Click Camp Wolf Willow for details about camping options and their restaurant menu.

Luxury Tent with bed, table and chairs

 

GUIDED SUMMER BIRDING GROUP DAY TOUR
SATURDAY JULY 17 2021 2 – 10 PM
Guiding Fee: $190 for groups of 1 – 5 persons travelling in a single vehicle. Drive your own personal or rented vehicle and join a small group of birders led by Stan Shadick who will lead you to some of the best prairie birding spots in the region. We will have an early supper at the camp’s restaurant and then go birding along the camp’s trails in the early evening before returning to Saskatoon by 10 PM. Camping option available. Meals, camping and transportation costs are extra. Registration is limited to no more than 6 vehicles to keep the convoy size manageable. Masks to be worn during tour when outside vehicle.

GUIDED FALL BIRDING GROUP DAY TOUR
SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 18 2021 1 – 9 PM 

Guiding Fee: $190 for groups of 1 – 5 persons travelling in a single vehicle. Drive your own personal or rented vehicle and join a small group of birders led by Stan Shadick who will lead you to some of the best prairie birding spots in the region. We will have an early supper at the camp’s restaurant and then sit on the riverbank and watch the geese and cranes as they arrive to roost on the sandbars for the night. We plan to return to Saskatoon by 9 PM. Camping option available. Meals, camping and transportation costs are extra. Registration is limited to no more than 6 vehicles to keep the convoy size manageable. Masks to be worn during tour when outside vehicle.

PRIVATE 4-HOUR BIRDING TOUR FOR CAMPERS: JULY – SEPTEMBER 2021
Guiding Fee: $190 for groups of 1 – 5 persons. Drive your own personal or rented vehicle and join a private birding tour led by Stan Shadick who will lead you on a 4-hour guided birding tour to some of the best prairie birding spots between Saskatoon and Camp Wolf Willow.  The tour may begin at either Saskatoon or Camp Wolf Willow. Meals, camping and transportation costs are extra. Masks to be worn during tour when outside vehicle.

TAX RECEIPT: A tax receipt for 50% of the tour fee will be issued to the person paying for the tour. Guiding Fee proceeds support the work of Living Sky Wildlife Rehabilitation charity.

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Email birdtours@sasktel.net with questions or to arrange payment for booking a tour.

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Stan Shadick – Tour Leader

OUR GUIDE: Your guide has many years of experience finding and observing birds throughout Saskatchewan. For over 30 years, Stan Shadick has been a birding guide for nature tours around Saskatchewan and other parts of the country that have been organized by Living Sky Wildlife Rehabilitation, Nature Saskatchewan and the University of Saskatchewan Extension Division. He is past president of Nature Saskatchewan as well as past president and current field trip chairman for the Saskatoon Nature Society. He is a co-editor of the reference publication “Birds of the Saskatoon Area” and contributed significantly to the recently published “Birds of Saskatchewan”. He is currently a regional coordinator for the Saskatchewan Breeding Bird Atlas project and helps with their bird identification workshops. He regularly contributes sightings to e-bird and currently holds the e-bird record for the most bird species seen in Saskatchewan.

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

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