Saskatchewan, Canada Birdwatching
Birdwatching in Saskatchewan is one of the most popular wildlife activities in the province because of the high number of birds living in and migrating to and from the region.
In many parts of Saskatchewan the bird count exceeds over 200 and includes all types of birds including waterfowl, shorebirds, predator birds, migrating birds and songbirds. The high number of birds is partly due to the high number of lakes, wetlands and resting grounds located in the province.
Throughout the province are many protected parks and wilderness areas which are designated nesting, resting and feeding grounds for the birding population. Some of the birding destinations are left in a natural state while others are developed parks with lookouts, birding identification signs, walking trails and bird blinds.
In the parks, wetlands and marshes of Saskatchewan, Canada there are opportunities to view endangered bird species like the piping plover, burrowing owl and the whooping crane... and opportunities to view hundreds of other birds like the American White Pelican, Tundra Swan, Loon, Bald Eagle, Northern Goshawk, Gyrfalcon, Snowy Owl, Red-tailed Hawk and the Bohemian Waxwing.
Below we have listed some of the more popular birdwatching destinations located in the Northern Saskatchewan region.
Located north of the community of Prince Albert, Saskatchewan is a popular birdwatching destination called the Prince Albert National Park. The park includes a protected white pelican nesting ground and hiking trails leading to birding viewpoints.
Just 11 kilometres south of the community of Prince Albert is the Parkland Oasis Nature Trail. A walking trail which leads to a viewpoint overlooking 232 acres of bird nesting grounds.
Below we have listed some of the more popular birdwatching destinations located in the Southern Saskatchewan region.
Located in the community of North Battleford & the Town of Battleford is a birdwatching destination called Finlayson Island. Travel north of the Battlefords and visit the Battlefords Provincial Park for birdwatching opportunities on the eastern shore of Jackfish Lake.
Travel west from the community of North Battleford & the Town of Battleford and visit Redberry Lake which is a World Biosphere Reserve located near the community of Hafford, Saskatchewan.
In the region around Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan be prepared for birdwatching while hiking the trails in the Buffalo Pound Provincial Park nestled in the Qu’Appelle Valley.
When visiting the City of Regina Saskatchewan one must plan for birding in the Wascana Park which explores the shores of Wascana Lake and banks of Wascana Creek. The park is one of the TOP 5 largest urban parks in Canada measuring over 931 hectares (2300 acres).
When you are birding in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan make an effort to visit the Beaver Creek Conservation Area located on the banks of the South Saskatchewan River and Beaver Creek. And when you are visiting downtown Saskatoon visit the American White Pelicans feeding near "The Weir" in the Meewasin Valley.
And if you want to venture out of the City of Saskatoon for some birdwatching you should visit the Cranberry Flats Conservation Area on the banks of the South Saskatchewan River located 8 kilometres south of Saskatoon.
Located south of the community of Swift Current Saskatchewan, near the villages of Val Marie and Wood Mountain, are some hiking and walking trails in the Grasslands National Park which lead to birdwatching opportunities.
Near the Village of Maple Creek located southwest of the community of Swift Current one can enjoy some birding while exploring wilderness walking trails in the Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park.