Upcoming Bird Tours and Workshops

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Black Friday Week Discount.

Email birdtours@sasktel.net with the code “RAVEN” to be eligible for a 10% discount on any birding tour within the next year when booked before midnight on November 28, 2020. This offer may not be combined with any other discount. Hurry this offer only applies to the next 2 new bookings for any tour..

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.

American Avocet by Nick Saunders

Spectacular Sharp-tailed Grouse courtship displays are best seen in April and May. Their displays are the basis for indigenous Plains Cree dances. Our summer tours feature birds of prairie grasslands and wetlands. Elegant and endangered Whooping Cranes, North America’s tallest bird, are regularly seen from late September through mid-October.

Snowy Owl by Nick Saunders

The world’s highest concentration of Snowy Owls occurs here in winter. At this time, we also offer special tours where chickadees will land on your hand to feed on seeds.

We offer many Half-day, Full-day and Multi-day Guided Birding Tours throughout the year starting in Saskatoon.

TESTIMONIAL: CLICK to listen to Calgary Naturalist Brian Keating on CBC Calgary Radio giving an on-air review of a tour he booked with us.

CHECK OUT THE FOLLOWING TOURS.
Click the tour title for more information.

 

GIFT CERTIFICATE OPTION.

  • Want to give a tour as a gift but not sure which tour the recipient would prefer?
  • Consider purchasing a gift certificate valid for any of our birding tours offered in 2021.
  • Certificates are available in the amounts of $200, $300, $500 or $800 or you may request a certificate for the total amount of any of our currently listed tours.
  • All tours will follow Saskatchewan Covid regulations. It may be possible that some tours may need to be postponed due to these regulations.
  • We recommend that the recipient email birdtours@saskatel.net as quickly as possible to book their preferred tour so that they can have the best selection of available dates. Some tours may fill up.
  • The purchaser of the gift certificate will receive a tax credit issued by the charity for 50% of the value of the certificate.

Please email birdtours@sasktel.net if you have any questions about the following rules..

Gift Certificate Rules. The value of the certificate will be honoured as a credit towards the total cost of the guiding fee for any of our birding tours offered in 2021. The credit cannot be applied to accommodation, transportation, meals or any other costs associated with the tours. Because the tours are offered for fundraising purposes by the Living Sky Wildlife Rehabilitation registered charity, these gift certificates cannot be refunded and will expire if not used for a tour before the end of 2021. If a tour needs to be cancelled, the credit may be applied to a different tour.

EMAIL birdtours@sasktel.net to book a tour or to order a gift certificate or with any questions.
Please include your name and a contact phone number and other pertinent information.

All proceeds support work of our local wildlife charity – Living Sky Wildlife Rehabilitation.

Our expert birding tour leader, Stan Shadick, has over 30 years experience as a bird guide for nature tours around Saskatchewan. He is an author and editor of a variety of birding publications and serves on the board of several birding and nature conservation organisations. He currently holds the e-bird record for the most bird species seen in Saskatchewan.

Stan Shadick – Tour Leader

 

LSWR Birding Tour Gift Certificates

GIFT CERTIFICATE OPTION.

  • Want to give a tour as a gift but not sure which tour the recipient would prefer?
  • Consider purchasing a gift certificate valid for any of our birding tours offered in 2021.
  • Certificates are available in the amounts of $200, $300, $500 or $800 or you may request a certificate for the total amount of any of our currently listed tours.
  • All tours will follow Saskatchewan Covid regulations. It may be possible that some tours may need to be postponed due to these regulations.
  • We recommend that the recipient email birdtours@sasktel.net as quickly as possible to book their preferred tour so that they can have the best selection of available dates. Some tours may fill up.
  • The purchaser of the gift certificate will receive a tax credit issued by the charity for 50% of the value of the certificate.

Gift Certificate Rules. The value of the certificate will be honoured as a credit towards the total cost of the guiding fee for any of our birding tours offered in 2021. The credit cannot be applied to accommodation, transportation, meals or any other costs associated with the tours. Because the tours are offered for fundraising purposes by the Living Sky Wildlife Rehabilitation registered charity, these gift certificates cannot be refunded and will expire if not used for a tour before the end of 2021. If a tour needs to be cancelled, the credit may be applied to a different tour.

EMAIL birdtours@sasktel.net to book a tour or to order a gift certificate or with any questions.
Please include your name and a contact phone number and other pertinent information.

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

Bald Eagle Viewing Tour

NOVEMBER 10 – DECEMBER 13

 

BLACK FRIDAY WEEK DISCOUNT.
Email birdtours@sasktel.net with the code “RAVEN” to be eligible for a 10% discount on any birding tour within the next year when booked before midnight on November 28, 2020. This offer may not be combined with any other discount. Hurry this offer only applies to the next 2 new bookings for any tour..

Bald Eagle
by Nick Saunders

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. Round-trip driving distance about 300 km.

  1. Clients must drive themselves in their own personal or rented vehicle. The leader will drive in a separate vehicle. We will use cell phones to communicate between each other during the tour.
  2. Tour will be rescheduled at no additional cost or refunded  if either the leader or any of the clients show any signs of illness (coughing, sneezing, sore throat, etc.).
  3. At birding stops and trail hikes, the leader will follow safe physical distancing practices by maintaining a minimum distance of 2 meters from the clients.

What to Wear. In case of an snowfall or cool wet weather, bring a winter coat, raincoat, hat, gloves and long underwear. Bring your binoculars plus a camera and a scope (optional).

TOUR FEE for 5-hour private tour: CAD $490
for groups of 1 – 5 persons. Fee includes only guiding services of leader and shared use of spotting scope. Client must cover their own transportation costs in a personal or rented vehicle. We can communicate via cell phone. Accommodation and meals are not included.. We can stop to pick up food for lunch. The person paying for a tour will receive a tax receipt for 50% of the tour fee.

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For payment options, email: birdtours@sasktel.net and provide names of clients, their addresses and requested tour name and tour date. Full payment due at time of booking.

Cancellation Policy: Refunds less a $100 administration fee will be given if cancellation notice received 60 days before date of tour. All guiding fee proceeds will be donated to Living Sky Wildlife Rehabilitation.

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

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

Chickadee Feeding Tour

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HALF Day Private and Group Tours from November 2020 through April 2021.

Black Friday Week Discount.

Email birdtours@sasktel.net with the code “RAVEN” to be eligible for a 10% discount on any birding tour within the next year when booked before midnight on November 28, 2020. This offer may not be combined with any other discount. Hurry this offer only applies to the next 2 new bookings for any tour..

  • Let our experienced birding guide show you the best winter bird-rich locations near Saskatoon.

    Black-capped Chickadee
    by Nick Saunders
  • Chickadees will feed out of your hand!
    Sometimes nuthatches and downy woodpeckers will as well. Bag of sunflower seeds provided.
    Very popular activity for kids!

    White-breasted Nuthatch
  • 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, Evening Grosbeak, Common Redpoll, Black-billed Magpie, Common Raven.

    Ruffed Grouse
    by Nick Saunders
  • Good opportunities for bird photography

HALF DAY PRIVATE TOUR FEE:
CA$190
for groups of 1 – 5 persons. 
Fee includes guiding services, entrance fees.
The person paying for the tour will receive a tax receipt for 50% of the tour fee.
Meals, transportation and accommodation are NOT included.
Trip begins at your Saskatoon hotel or residence.
Masks to be worn during tour when outside vehicle.
Morning Tours: 8:00 AM – 12:00 Noon; Afternoon Tours 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM.

BUDGET NEW YEAR’S DAY GROUP TOUR FEE:
CA$60 per adult, $35 per child under 16 accompanied by adults.
Join a group of people led by Stan Shadick who will visit a special location where chickadees will land on your hand to feed on sunflower seeds. Fee includes guiding services and a small bag of seeds for this special 45-minute group tour on January 1, 2021.
Email birdtours@sasktel.net for information about location and starting times.
Each group in a given time slot limited to a minimum of 2 persons and a maximum of 15 persons.
Masks to be worn during tour when outside vehicle.

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Tour may be combined with our Dancing Grouse Tour, Snowy Owl Tour and Forest Winter Birding Tour.

All proceeds support the work of Living Sky Wildlife Rehabilitation charity.

RESERVATIONS: Send 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

TOUR 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.

 

 

 

Saskatoon Winter Birdwatching Tour

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HALF DAY and FULL DAY TOURS

in November through April
that are custom designed to match your interests
with optional visits to Wanuskewin Park, Zoo,
Museum of Natural Sciences and
Diefenbaker Canada Centre.

Black Friday Week Discount.

Email birdtours@sasktel.net with the code “RAVEN” to be eligible for a 10% discount on any birding tour within the next year when booked before midnight on November 28, 2020. This offer may not be combined with any other discount. Hurry this offer only applies to the next 2 new bookings for any tour..

Bohemian Waxwing
by Nick Saunders
  • Hike through the best bird-rich city parks with our experienced local guide looking for winter songbirds such as woodpeckers, nuthatches, chickadees, jays, crossbills, finches and Bohemian Waxwings.

    Common Goldeneye
    by Nick Saunders
  • Visit best hangouts for wintering ducks and geese.

    Stegasaurus
    at Museum of Natural Sciences
  • Optionally warm up with a visit to the Museum of Natural Sciences with exhibits featuring live fish, birds and plants plus displays about dinosaurs, fossils and minerals. https://artsandscience.usask.ca/museumofnaturalsciences/index.php
  • Optionally visit Saskatoon’s Zoo featuring prairie wild birds and mammals.
    saskatoon.ca/parks-recreation-attractions/events-attractions/saskatoon-forestry-farm-park-zoo
  • Optionally visit the historical exhibits at the Diefenbaker Canada Centre museum featuring Canada’s 13th Prime Minister. https://diefenbaker.usask.ca/
    Wanuskewin Heritage Park

    Wanuskewin Heritage Park
  • Full day tour includes an option to look for birds along creek trail at Wanuskewin Heritage Park (wanuskewin.com) and then warm up visiting displays about indigenous culture.
  • Local Birding expert Stan Shadick will be your guide for this walking and driving tour of Saskatoon’s parks and museums. He will identify birds seen or heard along the trip and carry a scope to permit magnified views of the ducks and geese or perched birds. We will walk at a relatively slow pace.

Half Day Tour Fee: CA$ 190 for groups of 1 – 4 persons.  
Fee includes guiding services only. Meals, accommodation, transportation and admission fees are NOT included.
Morning option 9 AM – 12 Noon. Afternoon Option: 1 PM – 4 PM.

Full Day Tour Fee: CA$ 340 for groups of 1 – 4 persons.  
Fee includes guiding services only. Meals, accommodation, transportation and admission fees are NOT included.
Trip begins at your hotel about 8 am and ends about 4 pm.

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

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RESERVATIONS: Send 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

Tour may be combined with our Snowy Owl Tour, Chickadee Feeding Tour, Forest Winter Birding Tour and Sounds of the Night Nature Tour.

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

Ask about multiple tour discounts and package tour prices including accommodation.

All proceeds support the work of Living Sky Wildlife Rehabilitation charity.

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

Snowy Owl Tour

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Full Day Tours in December, January, February and March.

Black Friday Week Discount.

.Email birdtours@sasktel.net with the code “RAVEN” to be eligible for a 10% discount on any birding tour within the next year when booked before midnight on November 28, 2020. This offer may not be combined with any other discount. Hurry this offer only applies to the next 2 new bookings for any tour.

  • Join our experienced local birding guide for a 8-hour drive through a rural farming district reputed by owl experts to have the highest concentration of wintering Snowy Owls in the world!

    Snowy Owl
    by Nick Saunders
  • Tour departs 8 am and returns about 4 pm.

    Bald Eagle
    by Nick Saunders
  • Visit best hangout for wintering ducks and geese and Bald Eagles in the province.

    Golden Eagle
    by Nick Saunders
  • Other possible birds to be seen during trip include Golden Eagle, Gyrfalcon, Prairie Falcon, Sharp-tailed Grouse, Gray Partridge, Snow Buntings, Common Redpolls, Common Raven, Bohemian Waxwing, Black-billed Magpie.

Full Day Tour Fee: CA$690 (about US$520) for groups of 1 – 4 persons. Taxes included.
Fee includes guiding services and use of spotting scope. The person paying for the tour will receive a tax receipt for 50% of the tour fee. Clients drive their own personal or rented vehicle.  Meals, transportation, accommodation and other costs are NOT included.
Trip begins at your hotel about 8 am and ends about 4 pm.

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For Covid safety precautions, participants will travel in a separate vehicle than the leader between stops. 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.

Tour may be combined with our Saskatoon Winter Birdwatching Tour, Chickadee Feeding Tour and Forest Birding Tour.

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

All proceeds support the work of Living Sky Wildlife Rehabilitation charity.

RESERVATIONS: Send 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

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