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Observing the two-metre wingspan of the Tundra Swan
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Hearing the bugle call of the Whooping Crane for the first time
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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 II

Oct 07-11, 2024

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.
 
Birding Quest Nature Tours
Tour Cost (per person):
C$2295 + 5% GST (incl. gratuities)
Group Size:
6 - 8 Participants

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.

"Absolutely excellent. Gabriel was always there for us and looking after everything. His knowledge and unflappable calm were exemplary" - 2023 Whoopers participant
"Gabriel is very knowledgeable about the region and bird life and still holds the wonder of seeing, hearing and experiencing prairie life." - 2023 Whoopers participant
"Gabriel has unbelievable skills at bird identification" - 2023 Whoopers participant

Itinerary at a Glance

DayActivity
1Arrive in Saskatoon / Prairie Pothole Region
2-4Exploring the prairies in search of “Whoopers”
5Depart Saskatoon
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Your Tour Leader

The Coordinator for the Maryland Breeding Bird Atlas, Gabriel Foley 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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Birding Quest Nature Tours
Tour Cost (per person):
C$2295 + 5% GST (incl. gratuities)
Group Size:
6 - 8 Participants

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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