Alberta Prairie Birds

  1. 2019
    Thursday, May 23, 2019 to Monday, May 27, 2019
    Tour Duration: 
    5 days
    Tour Starts/Ends: 
    Calgary, Alberta
    + 5% GST for Canadians, + 2.5% GST for non-Canadians.
    Number of Persons Limit: 

• Fine selection of Prairie birds and mammals

• Variety of habitat from riparian woodlands to unbroken mixed-grass prairie

• Cypress Hills, an island of boreal forest in a prairie sea



Our birding tour takes in southeast Alberta, a superb area for short-grass prairie and grassland birds, and we visit when breeding is in full swing. The community of prairie birds aptly-named “prairie bells’ will be our main focus; McCown’s and Chestnut-collared Longspurs in their musical display flights, Sprague’s Pipits singing overhead, Baird’s and Vesper Sparrows in the taller grass, Grasshopper Sparrows trilling from exposed perches, with Western Meadowlarks and Lark Buntings filling the air with their songs. Swainson’s and Ferruginous Hawks soar, Prairie Falcons and Merlins dash by, Loggerhead Shrikes perch conspicuously, waterfowl fill the potholes, and shorebirds are numerous – Marbled Godwit, Wilson’s Phalarope, Upland Sandpiper and Long-billed Curlew.

Cypress Hills is an impressive island of forest within the prairie, and holds such interesting species as Red-naped Sapsucker, MacGillivray’s Warbler, Dusky Flycatcher and the pink-sided race of Dark-eyed Junco, as well as Broad-winged Hawk, White-winged Scoter, Marsh Wren and Sora.


Itinerary View Full Itinerary

Day 1 - Arrival in Calgary

Day 2 - Dinosaur Provincial Park and Suffield Prairie

Day 3 – Cypress Hills and Wild Horse

Day 4 - Cypress Hills and Pakowki Lake

Day 5 - Departure


Featured Wildlife

“I am thrilled with this trip; my expectations were high because of having been on previous trips with Richard and my expectations were met. Our days were long and intense and I liked that because they were so productive. At all times, expert knowledge, respect for nature and professionalism were demonstrated and shared with us. Yousif is a GEM! A treasure! Eagle-Eye: keep this young man!” - 2016 AB Prairie Birds Participant


“Wonderful trip. Exceptional leaders – masters of the material, cheerful, helpful, resourceful. Splendid diversity of birds. Beautiful country. Small congenial group of people. Good lodging and food.” 2016 AB Prairie Birds Participant