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SIGNATURE MOMENT
Hearing the bugle call of the Whooping Crane for the first time
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Observing the two-metre wing span of the Tundra Swan
SIGNATURE MOMENT
Seeing the massive flocks of geese against the prairie sky
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The whisper of the wind through the wheat and barley fields

In Search of Whoopers

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The whisper of the prairie breeze is suddenly disturbed by a loud, bugle-like trumpeting as a family group of three Whooping Cranes, their wings beating slowly and deliberately, fly just above the horizon to reach the edge of the lake northwest of Saskatoon. The area around Saskatoon is one of the most reliable areas on the continent to see the tallest bird in North America, the endangered Whooping Crane. This is also the perfect time to observe one of the world’s best birding spectaculars: the fall waterfowl and shorebird migration. We’ll see snow-white Tundra Swans with 2-metre wingspans and flocks of up to half-a-million Greater White-fronted, Snow, Canada and Ross’ Geese on their way south from arctic nesting grounds. The sonorous calls of the huge flocks of Sandhill Cranes will always attract our attention as they fly overhead to their nearby feeding grounds. Saskatchewan’s backcountry is the perfect place for our prairie waterfowl and wader spectacular.

"The participants were very nice and fun and the leader, Ian, was so professional and knowledgeable. His patience and soft-spoken nature made the trip even more enjoyable." - Doris P., a participant on our 2014 Whoopers tour
 
Quest Naturalist Ian Shanahan penned a blog article about the "In Search of Whoopers" experience. Click here to read more.
Birding Quest Nature Tours

Canada | 5 days
Birding

Dates:
Oct 05-09, 2017
Cost:
C$1695 + 5% GST
Group Size:
6 - 8 Participants

Includes:
Accommodation, all meals, all activities and entrance fees, all ground transportation, expert local guides, arrival and departure transfers at destination, accompanied by Quest Nature Tours naturalist-leader. Gratuities are an additional C$100.

Itinerary at a Glance

Day 1: Arrival Day / Saskatoon and Prairie Pothole Region
Day 2: Exploring the Prairie Pothole Region
Day 3: Quill Lakes
Day 4: Lake Diefenbaker / Gardiner Dam
Day 5: Departure day
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Your Tour Leader

Jimmy MacDonald is a lifelong naturalist and outdoorsman who has been working for the last 14 years as a freelance guide on nature tours and paddling expeditions. His love of the outdoors was fostered during his graduate school where he researched Cold Regions Hydrology issues in the Rocky Mountains. A Saskatoon native, Jimmy has been observing the mass migration of cranes and waterfowl since childhood. His fun-loving and enthusiastic manner blend with a strong knowledge of natural history and a boundless curiosity of flora, fauna and landscapes.

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Birding Quest Nature Tours

Canada | 5 days
Birding

Dates:
Oct 05-09, 2017
Cost:
C$1695 + 5% GST
Group Size:
6 - 8 Participants

Includes:
Accommodation, all meals, all activities and entrance fees, all ground transportation, expert local guides, arrival and departure transfers at destination, accompanied by Quest Nature Tours naturalist-leader. Gratuities are an additional C$100.

WHAT THEY SAY:

"Whooping Cranes are survivors against all odds."

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