• The readily-accessible Arctic tundra with its splendid wildlife at Churchill
• The diverse and productive prairies, wetlands and forests of southern Manitoba, including the superb Riding Mountain National Park
This tour takes in two incredible areas of Manitoba – the prairies and boreal forest of the south and the tundra and arctic ocean of Churchill.
Our first location is the boreal forest of Riding Mountain National Park. Here we explore the park in search of forest birds plus mammals including black bear, moose, elk, red fox, and beaver. A variety of warblers along with a diverse suite of other birds can be found in the varied habitat of this park.
We fly north to Churchill in search of belugas and other arctic wildlife. Every year, tremendous numbers of beluga whales gather in the waters of the Churchill river. We take two boat trips to observe the whales and hear their vocalizations via hydrophone. Exploring the tundra, we also have a chance to find arctic fox and hare and with luck, even a polar bear! This is also prime time for arctic breeding birds. Loons, eiders, shorebirds, longspurs and much more will all be making the most of the arctic summer.
• Smith's Longspur
• Willow Ptarmigan
• Hudsonian Godwit
• Sprague’s Pipit
• Harris's Sparrow
• Black-backed and Three-toed Woodpeckers
• Great Gray Owl
• Black bear
• Polar bear
• Beluga Whale
On our Churchill and Southern Manitoba birding tour, early mornings will be the usual start to the day in southern Manitoba to catch early morning activities, whilst at Churchill we start later as dawn is not that long after midnight! Because Churchill has a relatively small road network, breakfasts will be slotted in around bird activity and weather patterns. We usually are no more than an hour's drive from our Hotel. Driving will be limited to short and moderate stretches, with a couple of long drives to reach southwestern Manitoba. Lunch will be variable in time and location depending on the day and the level of birding. Southern Manitoba is likely to be warm or even hot, with a possibility of rain. Churchill is much less predictable; weather can vary from a sweltering 25 degrees Celsius to around freezing during the day, with frequent night-time frosts. It may snow, and participants should layer their clothing as conditions can change quickly whilst we are in the field. Mosquitoes are likely and participants should include bug repellant and perhaps a head-net in their luggage. Waterproof footwear is recommended, while an umbrella can come in useful.
• All accommodation• Breakfasts and lunches• Ground transportation• Guides (4 - 8 participants with one guide, 9 - 12 with two)• All park, conservation and entrance fees• Gratuities
Not Included:• Flights between Winnipeg-Churchill (estimated $800 CAD)• Evening meals• Travel Insurance• Items of a personal nature
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