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The Prairies in Springtime
South-west Saskatchewan and
Southern Alberta

 
 
Tour Date 25 May - 4 June 2018 (11 days)
Cost $2690 + gst  double occupancy
Departs From Calgary
Max. participants 10
Leader Tony Greenfield

 


Photo credit: Mary Andrews


Photo credit: Mary Andrews


Photo credit: Mary Andrews

South-west Saskatchewan

Leader: Tony Greenfield

I ran this tour for the first time in 2016 and was very impressed by the beauty of the Prairies in the springtime with the wondrously green grasslands rippling away to the horizon.

At this time of the year the Prairies are extremely birdy with the wetlands populated with many species including pelicans and ibis, avocets and the endangered Piping Plover. The grasslands are home to special birds such as Long-billed Curlew, Loggerhead Shrike, Sprague’s Pipit, Bobolink and longspurs, while numerous species of raptor patrol the skies. We encounter a variety of mammals including bison, pronghorn, badger and black-tailed
prairie-dog. In 2016 we found a burrowing owl in a prairie-dog colony at Grasslands National Park, a highlight of the tour. Dinosaurs are an important part of the Prairie culture and we visit the world famous Royal Tyrell Museum in Drumheller, Alberta.

Other historical and cultural destinations on the tour include Head-Smashed-in-Buffalo-Jump, Writing-on-Stone Provincial Park and Dinosaur Provincial Park in Alberta, and the Cypress Hills and Grasslands National Park in Saskatchewan. 

The tour begins and ends in Calgary.

 

 

 

 

Itinerary - South-west Saskatchewan

25 May - 4 June 2018 (11 days)

Day   Night
1 Tour begins in Calgary about 1 PM after flights arrive from BC
Drive to Head-Smashed-in Buffalo Jump            
Lethbridge 
2 Writing-on-Stone PP
Afternoon birding at Pakowki Lake
Medicine Hat
Cypress Hills Provincial Park Maple Creek
4 Chaplin Lake, Chaplin Nature Centre Moose Jaw
Visit Burrowing Owl Centre
Afternoon Birding at Pelican Lake
Moose Jaw
Buffalo Pound PP
Last Mountain Lake area
Moose Jaw
7 East Block of Grasslands NP Assiniboia
West Block of Grasslands NP Shaunavon
Eastend area Medicine Hat
10 Dinosaur PP Drumheller
11  Royal Tyrell Museum, Drumheller
Arrive Calgary by 5 PM in time for flights to BC
Tour concludes
 
 

 

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phone: 604 885-5539

Box 319,  Sechelt, British Columbia, V0N 3A0, Canada

 

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Updated September 23,  2017

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