Gifts

Holiday Gift Ideas
From Living Sky Wildlife Rehabilitation

Click the links below for more information about our various gift suggestions!

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

 

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.

 

 

 

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.

 

Forest Winter Private Birding Tour

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Extended Full Day Birding Tour to Prince Albert National Park and area in November through April.

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  • 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 wintering Great Gray Owls and Northern Hawk Owls!
    Great Gray Owl
    by Nick Saunders

    Northern Hawk Owl
    by Nick Saunders
  • Tour departs 8 am and returns about 10 pm.
  • Visit best areas for finding American 3-toed Woodpecker, Black-backed Woodpecker, Boreal Chickadee, Canada Jay, Ruffed Grouse, Spruce Grouse, Pine Grosbeak, Evening Grosbeak, Common Redpoll, Hoary Redpoll.

    Hoary Redpoll
    by Nick Saunders
  • Good opportunities for bird photography!

EXTENDED FULL DAY TOUR FEE: CA$790 (about US$600) for groups of 1 – 3 persons.
Fee includes guiding services and transportation, entrance fees to any of the optional museums and parking fees. Meals and accommodation are NOT included.
Trip begins at your Saskatoon hotel about 8 am and ends about 10 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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Tour may be combined with Saskatoon Winter Birdwatching Tour, Chickadee Feeding Tour and Snowy Owl Tours and Sounds of the Night Nature 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.

 

Beaver Creek Guided Birding Tour

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Beaver Creek is an attractive wooded valley 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.

FEES. Groups of 1 – 4 people are charged a guiding fee of $65 per hour (3 hour minimum).

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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Step-on Guide Service available for bus tours.

Email birdtours@sasktel.net for advance payment instructions.

All fees support Living Sky Wildlife Rehabilitation.

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

SPECIAL BIRDS OF INTEREST

Belted Kingfisher

Belted Kingfisher

by Nick Saunders

Brown Thrasher

Brown Thrasher

by Nick Saunders

Vesper Sparrow

Vesper Sparrow

by Nick Saunders

Clay-colored Sparrow

Clay-colored Sparrow

by Nick Saunders

Spotted Towhee

Spotted Towhee

by Nick Saunders

Veery

Veery

by Nick Saunders

Orange-crowned Warbler

Orange-crowned Warbler

by Nick Saunders

American Redstart

American Redstart

by Nick Saunders