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The whisper of the wind through the wheat and barley fields
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Seeing the massive flocks of geese against the prairie sky
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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

In Search of Whoopers '20

Oct 05-09, 2020

5 days | Canada | Birding

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.
 
Quest Naturalist Ian Shanahan penned a blog article about the "In Search of Whoopers" experience. Click here to read more.
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Tour Cost (per person):
C$1895 + 5% GST (incl. gratuities)
Group Size:
6 - 8 Participants
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What’s included: 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 of C$100 are included.

Itinerary at a Glance

DayActivity
1Arrival Day / Saskatoon and Prairie Pothole Region
2Exploring the Prairie Pothole Region
3Quill Lakes
4Lake Diefenbaker / Gardiner Dam
5Departure day
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Gabriel grew up on a small farm in southeastern Ontario, where his curiosity cultivated an appreciation and wonder for nature. After receiving a diploma in fish and wildlife conservation from Sault College, he headed west to Saskatchewan to pursue undergraduate studies in Biology. Subsequently he completed graduate studies on the Common Nighthawk. He is an obsessive birder and outdoorsman and is passionate about sharing his love of nature with others.

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Tour Cost (per person):
C$1895 + 5% GST (incl. gratuities)
Group Size:
6 - 8 Participants
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What’s included: 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 of C$100 are included.

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