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

 

CHICKADEE FEEDING TOUR

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HALF Day Tours from November through April.

  • Let our experienced birding guide show you the best bird-rich locations at Pike Lake Provincial Park.

    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.

    White-breasted Nuthatch
  • Possible birds to be seen during hikes on park trails 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 Tour Fee: CA$290 (about US$220, £170) for groups of 1 – 3 persons. 
Fee includes guiding services, entrance fees.
Meals, transportation and accommodation are NOT included.
Trip begins at your Saskatoon hotel.
Morning Tours: 8:00 AM – 12:00 Noon; Afternoon Tours 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM.

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

Stan Shadick

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.

 

 

 

FOREST WINTER BIRDING TOUR

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Extended Full Day Birding Tour to Prince Albert National Park and area
in November, December, February, March, April.

  • 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$940 (about US$710, £550) 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.

Tour may be combined with Saskatoon Winter Birdwatching Tour, Chickadee Feeding Tour and Snowy Owl Tours.

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

Stan Shadick

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.

SNOWY OWL TOUR

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

  • Join our experienced local birding guide for a full Day 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, £400) for groups of 1 – 3 persons. Taxes included.
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 hotel about 8 am and ends about 4 pm.

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

Stan Shadick

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.

Blackstrap Guided Birding Driving Tour

Situated in a glacial valley, Blackstrap Lake is fed by a canal from the South Saskatchewan river. This deep lake provides habitat in season for many species of ducks, geese, loons, grebes, pelicans, gulls and terns. Shallow sloughs near the lake provide habitat for many kinds of sandpipers and plovers. Woodlands adjacent to the lake are home to songbirds including numerous Purple Martins, Baltimore Orioles and Western Kingbirds. Rarities are often reported from this lake. Over 200 species of birds have been reported in or near this lake.

During our tour, we will drive to visit the best birding locations near this lake. Washrooms and food are available at nearby locations.

Fees. Groups of 1 – 3 people are charged a guiding fee of $65 per hour (3 hour minimum, 4 – 5 hours recommended). If you need return transportation from a Saskatoon hotel to the site, add an extra $150. Fees must be paid in advance.

Step-on Guide Service available for bus tours.

Email birdtours@sasktel.net for advance payment instructions.

All fees support Living Sky Wildlife Rehabilitation.

SPECIAL BLACKSTRAP BIRDS OF INTEREST

Eared Grebes

Eared Grebes

by Nick Saunders

Marbled Godwit

Marbled Godwit

by Nick Saunders

Western Kingbird

Western Kingbird

by Nick Saunders

Ruddy Duck

Ruddy Duck

by Nick Saunders

American Avocet

American Avocet

by Nick Saunders

Wilson’s Phalarope

Wilson’s Phalarope

by Nick Saunders