SASKATCHEWAN BIRDING TOURS – 40 great tours for birdwatchers and photographers


Make Saskatoon your first destination for a Saskatchewan birding tour.

Saskatoon, Saskatchewan is located where two major North American bird flyways meet. During the breeding season in June and July about 150 bird species occur within our nearby grassland, wetland and woodland habitats.  This bird list is augmented during the migration months of May,  August and September when boreal and arctic nesting warblers, flycatchers, vireos and shorebirds become plentiful.

Because Saskatoon is located in the heartland of Canada, you can see both eastern and western North American bird species on a single Saskatchewan birding tour. Many of Canada's rarest birds are best seen in our province. Saskatchewan's bird checklist includes over 380 species of birds of which over 300 species occur annually.
You may download a checklist of Saskatchewan birds HERE.

Wonder where to go birdwatching near Saskatoon, Canada?

Saskatoon Custom Bird Tours offers private and group guided birding tours out of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. Check out our great selection of Saskatchewan Birding Tours.

Some of our special tours include photographing and viewing Dancing Grouse (spring), Prairie, Forest and Wetland birds (summer), Whooping Cranes and Sandhill Cranes (fall), Snowy Owls and Great Gray Owls (winter).

For more information about our regular birding tours and workshops, CLICK HERE.
Custom tours and bird ID workshops are also available.

Recommended: Saskatchewan Birding Tour Series of Hotspots

Saskatoon Custom Bird Tours is owned by our local Living Sky Wildlife Rehabilitation charity and all proceeds support their work in caring for injured and orphaned wild birds with a goal of returning them to the wild.

Because our birding tour leader has been an active birdwatcher for over 5 decades, you can be assured he will find you the best birds during our Saskatchewan Birding Tours.

Our birding tour gift certificates make excellent birthday gifts or anniversary birding gifts for birders interested in birds and nature.


You may use the following form to request tour suggestions during your proposed travel dates to Saskatoon, Canada. Alternatively, you may email to request this information.

You may also list a landline or type NONE.

Please email if you do not hear back from us within 24 hours.

How to get to Saskatoon

Air: Saskatoon International Airport (YXE) is served by Air Canada, Westjet, and their partners United and Delta.

Train: Saskatoon's  Train Station is served by Via Rail's Canadian train serving Toronto, Winnipeg, Saskatoon, Edmonton, Jasper and Vancouver.

Bus: Saskatoon - Edmonton and Saskatoon - Regina bus service

Car: Saskatoon is located on Canada's Yellowhead cross-country highway plus 6 other major highways connecting with all cities in Canada and USA. If you drive, you do not need to rent a car for our tours.

Entering Canada

CLICK HERE for government regulations for entering Canada.
My recent fully vaccinated international clients tell me there are no significant delays at the border provided they have fully completed the ArriveCan app in advance.

Covid Safety Policy on Saskatchewan Birding Tours

  1. Your tour leader is fully vaccinated.
  2. Clients must normally drive themselves in their own personal or rented vehicle. The leader will usually drive in a separate vehicle. We will use cell phones to communicate between each other during the tour.
  3. 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.
  4. This policy may change when public health orders change or when Covid case numbers decrease.
  5. Please contact us before booking tour if you have any special requests with regard to this policy. In certain cases, if requested, leader may be willing to ride in client's vehicle or drive client's vehicle.

Complete List of Birding Tours

CLICK HERE for a complete list of upcoming birding and bird photography tours.

All proceeds support the work of Living Sky Wildlife Rehabilitation.

Saskatoon Custom Bird Tours

Let us show you the best birds during our Saskatchewan Birding Tours.


List of Special Bird Species seen on Saskatchewan Birding Tours

  • Greater White-fronted Goose
  • Snow Goose
  • Ross's Goose
  • Cackling Goose
  • Tundra Swan
  • Gadwall
  • Redhead
  • Ruddy Duck
  • Gray Partridge
  • Sharp-tailed Grouse - dancing in spring
  • Eared Grebe
  • Western Grebe
  • American White Pelican
  • Double-crested Cormorant
  • Great Egret
  • Black-crowned Night Heron
  • White-faced Ibis
  • Bald Eagle
  • Swainson's Hawk
  • Ferruginous Hawk
  • Rough-legged Hawk
  • Peregrine Falcon
  • Yellow Rail
  • Sandhill Crane
  • Whooping Crane
  • Piping Plover
  • Black-necked Stilt
  • American Avocet
  • Long-billed Curlew
  • Upland Sandpiper
  • Wilson's Phalarope
  • California Gull
  • Franklin's Gull
  • Forster's Tern
  • Snowy Owl - winter
  • Northern Hawk Owl - winter
  • Great Gray Owl - winter
  • Common Poorwill
  • Eastern Whip-poor-will
  • Red-naped Sapsucker
  • American Three-toed Woodpecker
  • Black-backed Woodpecker
  • Cordilleran Flycatcher
  • Dusky Flycatcher
  • Say's Phoebe
  • Western Kingbird
  • Loggerhead Shrike
  • Black-billed Magpie
  • Rock Wren
  • Pacific Wren
  • Mountain Bluebird
  • Sprague's Pipit
  • Chestnut-collared Longspur
  • Spotted Towhee
  • Clay-colored Sparrow
  • Brewer's Sparrow
  • Lark Bunting
  • Lark Sparrow
  • Baird's Sparrow
  • Nelson's Sparrow
  • Western Meadowlark
  • Yellow-headed Blackbird
  • Baltimore Oriole
  • Common Redpoll - winter
  • Hoary Redpoll - winter

Please ask about other bird species of interest to you.

Multiple Tours Discount

Can't decide which tour to take?

Check out our multiple tours discount described here.

Monthly Newsletter

Learn about special offers and new tours.
CLICK HERE to sign up for the monthly electronic Newsletter from Saskatoon Custom Bird Tours.

Your Saskatchewan Bird Tour Leader

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.

Stan 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”.

Stan has volunteered as 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 within Saskatchewan.

Stan volunteers his time leading over 40 Saskatchewan Birding Tours each year so that all proceeds benefit the work of Living Sky Wildlife Rehabilitation.

Stan Shadick - Tour Leader