Day 1 - Tour begins this evening in Calgary, where can discuss plans for departure the following morning.
Day 2 & 3 - We travel this morning, from Calgary, east along the Trans-Canada Highway, to Brooks, where we will spend the next two nights. Prairie habitats around Brooks are home to several specialty birds, including Baird's Sparrow, Loggerhead Shrike, Sprague's Pipit, Ferruginous Hawk, Chestnut-collared Longspur, and the recently re-named Thick-billed Longspur (formerly McCown's). We will and have ample time to explore the prairie in the region for these species, and in the process, we'll see many other birds, like Willets, Marbled Godwits, Northern Harrier, Horned Lark, Franklin's Gull and more.
Day 4 - This morning we travel from Brooks, north to the town of Hanna. Once there, we will explore some of the local lakes for one of Alberta, and Canada's, rarest breeding shorebirds, the Piping Plover. In the process of looking for these rare shorebirds, we should see a nice variety of waterfowl, as well as Eared and perhaps Horned grebes, Long-billed Curlew, Wilson's Phalarope, Black-necked Stilt, American Avocet and more. A visit to Prairie Oasis Park and adjacent fields will be made, in order to look for American White Pelicans, terns, Double-crested Cormorants, Bank Swallows and Common Grackle, amongst others. Gray Partridge and Sharp-tailed Grouse are sometimes seen in fields near to Oasis Park. In the afternoon, we'll begin the journey up to Lac la Biche, where we spend the night.
Day 5 - Morning visit to Sir Winston Churchill Provincial Park, where we search for boreal forest birds like Cape May and Bay-breasted warblers, American Three-toed Woodpecker, Boreal Chickadee and White-winged Crossbill, to name just a few species. Nearby lakes and ponds hold Black Tern, Forster's Tern, Canvasback, Redhead, and Horned and Eared grebes. We will then go to LaCorey, where targets will include Connecticut and Mourning warblers, Ovenbird, and a seclection of warblers of an 'eastern' flavor, as well as Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Western Wood-Pewee and Least Flycatcher. Night in Cold Lake.
Day 6 - This morning at Cold Lake Provincial Park, we will be in search of species including the gorgeous Blackburnian Warbler, as well as other eastern birds including Blue Jay, Blue-headed and Philadelphia vireos, Eastern Phoebe, Baltimore Oriole and perhaps Ruffed Grouse. At Ethel Lake, wetland species such as Sedge Wren, Le Conte's and Nelson's sparrows, Sora and the shy Yellow Rail will be searched for, before we return to our hotel in Cold Lake for the night.
Day 7 - Today we travel from Cold Lake to Edmonton, making opportunistic birding stops along the way. Tour ends in Edmonton.