Shorebird Viewing Half-Day Tour

August 1 – September 15

Join Stan Shadick for a 4-hour driving tour to look for arctic-nesting sandpipers and plovers that migrate through the Saskatoon region at this time of year. Mornings and Afternoon tours available. Guide cost: $290 for groups of 1 – 5 persons.

  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. 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 early snowfall or cool wet weather, bring a raincoat, hat and gloves. Bring your binoculars plus a camera and a scope (optional).

TOUR FEE for 4-hour tour excluding transportation: CAD $290
for groups of 1 – 5 persons. Fee includes only guiding services of leader and shared use of spotting scope. Client must cover their 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.

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.

 

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

Upcoming Bird Tours

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Saskatoon is located where two major North American 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. 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.

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

  • SNOWY OWL TOUR (November – March)
  • CHICKADEE FEEDING TOUR (September – May)
  • SASKATOON WINTER BIRDING TOUR (November – March)
  • FOREST WINTER BIRDING TOUR (November – April)
  • DANCING GROUSE TOUR (April – May)
  • PRAIRIE GRASSLANDS BIRDING TOUR (May – July)
  • CHAPLIN SHOREBIRDS TOUR (May – August)
  • PRAIRIE RESERVOIRS BIRDING TOUR (May – October)
  • BEAVER CREEK BIRDING TOUR (January – December)
  • WHOOPING CRANE BIRDING TOUR (September – October)
  • SANDHILL CRANE & GEESE BIRDING TOUR (September – October)

EMAIL birdtours@sasktel.net for full details of any tour.

Please include your name, location and email address and
your approximate travel dates (if known).

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.