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Over the years, we have recognized the need for proactive prevention work in certain high-risk areas for Wildlife.

Birds In Real Danger, Saskatoon (B.I.R.D.S.)

We have received hundreds of birds that flew into windows and were injured or died from the impact.  In response, we created a partnership with several other organizations called “B.I.R.D.S.” – Birds In Real Danger, Saskatoon.

Partners include:

  • LSWR
  • Saskatoon Nature Society (SNS)
  • Saskatchewan Light Pollution Abatement Committee (SLPAC)
  • Wild Birds Unlimited (WBU)

This is an on-going, growing and evolving advocacy program to reduce the number of “window strikes” in Saskatoon through increased awareness and education about options for window treatments, both on homes as well as businesses.

Read More and how you can help.

LSWR Covid-19 Response

LSWR handles wild animals on a daily basis.   As such, we have always been and will remain, hyper-vigilant about our health and safety.   We will continue to emphasize hand-washing, wearing PPE as appropriate, and will remind all our workers and volunteers to STAY HOME if they are sick or not well in any way.

IF YOU FOUND AN INJURED ANIMAL:  Please CALL US FIRST.  306-281-0554     We may not be at the Rehabilitation facility.

We ask that if you are sick, please notify us, and have someone else bring in the animal, wearing gloves for their own health.

We will be following all health guidelines regarding social distancing, and minimizing contact with the public as much as possible, in order to stay healthy and able to care for the animals during this stressful time.

Despite the Covid-19 outbreak, LSWR will make every effort to continue to provide a safe place for injured & orphaned wild animals in need of care.   We will continue to adapt to the situation as it changes in the coming days, weeks, months.

Our hearts are with those impacted directly by this virus and wish everyone well as we work together to be safe.

HOW WE RUN BIRDING TOURS SAFELY DURING COVID-19 OUTBREAK

Despite the Covid-19 outbreak, LSWR will make every effort to continue to provide a safe place for injured & orphaned wild animals in need of care.   We will continue to adapt to the situation as it changes in the coming days, weeks, months. Our hearts are with those impacted directly by this virus and wish everyone well as we work together to be safe.

We believe that our full day and half day birding tours for individuals and small family groups can continue to run during the current COVID-19 outbreak by following these basic safety measures.

  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 or radios to communicate between each other during the tour.
  2. Any 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 social distancing practices by maintaining a minimum distance of 2 meters from the clients.

Please email us at birdtours@sasktel.net if you have any questions or concerns with this policy.

Stan Shadick
Living Sky Wildlife Rehabilitation tours

DANCING GROUSE TOUR

Early Morning or Evening Tours during April and May

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.Many of the traditional indigenous dances were inspired by this display.

Sharp-tailed Grouse Dancing
by Nick Saunders

COVID SAFE. We will practice special safe self-isolation steps during all 2020 spring tours. Clients will drive their own personal or rented vehicle while the leader will travel in a separate vehicle. We will communicate via cell phone while remaining in separate parked vehicles near the dancing grounds.

Sharp-tailed Grouse jumping
by Nick Saunders

Your parked car serves as a bird blind from which you may view the birds dancing in adjacent fields. Birds usually dance about 100 – 300 meters away from car.

  • Morning Tour: 4:30 AM – 9:30 AM – April
    3:45 AM – 8:45 AM – May
  • Evening Tour: 7:00 PM – 10:30 PM
  • Morning tours are recommended because birds are usually more active near sunrise than sunset.
  • Trip will be postponed if the weather forecast suggests rain or strong winds. Grouse do not display well during adverse weather.
Sharp-tailed Grouse Portrait
by Nick Saunders

 

Suggested items to Bring:

  • Clothes suitable for the weather
  • Water bottle
  • Binoculars
  • Spotting Scope (optional)
  • Camera (optional)

Tour Fee: CAN$325 (about US$230, £185) for groups of 1 – 4 persons. Taxes included.
Fee includes guiding services only during early morning or evening tour.  Client supplies their own transportation. Meals, transportation and accommodation are NOT included.

All proceeds support the work of Living Sky Wildlife Rehabilitation registered 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 a past president of Nature Saskatchewan as well as a 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.

Stan Shadick

 

PRAIRIE LAKES BIRDING TOUR

HALF Day Tours in mid-April – October, 2020.

Join our experienced local birding guide for a 4 hour drive to visit some of the best bird-rich lakes in the Saskatoon region.

Ruddy Duck
by Nick Saunders

 

 

 

 

 

 

We will practice special COVID-19 SAFE self-isolation steps during all 2020 spring tours. Clients will drive their own personal or rented vehicle while the leader will travel in a separate vehicle. We will communicate via cell phone while remaining in separate vehicles.

Horned Grebe
by Nick Saunders

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Visit deep lakes for diving ducks and pelicans.

American White Pelican
by Nick Saunders

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Also visit shallow ponds for dabbling ducks, grebes and wetland sparrows, rails and other marsh birds.

Western Grebe
by Nick Saunders

 

 

 

 

 

 

Suggested items to Bring:

  • Clothes suitable for the weather (rain coat, hat, walking shoes, etc.)
  • Water bottle
  • Binoculars and camera or spotting scope (optional

Tour Fee: CA$325 (about US$230, £190) for groups of 1 – 4 persons Taxes included.
Fee covers expert guiding services during 4 hour tour.
Meals, transportation and accommodation are NOT included.

Tour may be combined with Prairie Grasslands Birding Tour, Dancing Grouse Tour, Saskatoon Summer Birding Tour and Chickadee Feeding Tour.
Ask about multiple tour discounts.

All proceeds support the work of Living Sky Wildlife Rehabilitation charity. https://livingskywildliferehabilitation.org/

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

PRAIRIE GRASSLANDS BIRDING TOUR

Full Day Tour in late April – July, 2020.

Join our experienced local birding guide for a 8 hour Drive visiting best prairie grassland birding habitats in Saskatoon region.

We will practice special COVID SAFE self-isolation steps during all 2020 spring tours. Clients will drive their own personal or rented vehicle while the leader will travel in a separate vehicle.
We will communicate via cell phone while remaining in separate vehicles.

Western Meadowlark
by Nick Saunders

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Visit best hangout for seeing or hearing hard-to-find grassland birds in Saskatoon region!

Sharp-tailed Grouse
by Nick Saunders

 

 

 

 

 

 

Some grassland birds that might be seen or heard include: Sharp-tailed Grouse, Swainson’s Hawk, Long-billed Curlew, Upland Sandpiper, Marbled Godwit, Sprague’s Pipit, Loggerhead Shrike, Western Kingbird, Baird’s Sparrow, Vesper Sparrow, Clay-colored Sparrow, Western Meadowlark.

Baird’s Sparrow
by Nick Saunders

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Early morning departure recommended.

Suggested items to Bring:

  • Clothes suitable for the weather (rain jacket, sun hat, etc.)
  • Water bottle
  • Binoculars, Spotting Scope and camera (optional)

Tour Fee: CA$640 (about US$450, £365) for groups of 1 – 4 persons Taxes included.
Fee includes guiding services during 8 hour trip.
Meals, transportation and accommodation are NOT included.

Tour may be combined with Dancing Grouse tour, Saskatoon Summer Birding Tour, Chickadee Feeding Tour and Prairie Lakes Birding Tour. Ask about multiple tour discounts.

All proceeds support the work of Living Sky Wildlife Rehabilitation charity. https://livingskywildliferehabilitation.org/

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

Stan Shadick