Saskatchewan Whooping Cranes

Tuesday, October 10, 2017 to Saturday, October 14, 2017
Tour Duration: 
5 days
Number of Persons Limit: 
Tour Starts/Ends: 
Saskatoon, SK

• Spectacular migration of tens of thousands of geese and cranes 
• Fine selection of Prairie birds and mammals
• Visit a variety of habitats from marshlands, wetlands to mixed-grass prairie



In mid-October, Sandhill Cranes migrate by the thousands migrate south across southern Saskatchewan, stopping at various localities to refuel before continuing their journey. With them are a handful of Whooping Cranes, coming south from breeding grounds in Wood Buffalo National Park in the Northwest Territories.

We have a good chance of finding Whooping Cranes as there is a fine network of field observers scouting the area for these legendary birds. Along with cranes, tens of thousands of Snow Geese and Canada Geese, with lesser numbers of Ross’s and Greater White-fronted Geese, are pouring through, as well as other waterfowl including all three species of scoters, raptors and passerines, especially large flocks of Lapland Longspurs with Snow Buntings and possibly Smith’s Longspurs, and Northern Shrikes.

Itinerary View Full Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Saskatchewan

Day 2-4: Whooping Crane search

Day 5: Departure 

Featured Wildlife

"The guides were marvellous and the other participants knowledgable and very helpful. Seeing the number of individual species was wonderful. The Whooping Cranes were thrilling to actually see.  Thank you!" - 2015 participant

"Seeing the Whooping Cranes, the Snow Geese, the moose and the eagles was wonderful.  The guides were very knowledgable and mixed us socially and treated us with respect." - 2015 participant

“It was an excellent trip! Great leaders, nice people to travel with, nice country, good weather.” - 2015 participant