April 2009 SaskSecrets

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Leader Birding and Tourism Festival

May 8 - 9, 2009

Leader Birding Festival"From Sandbars to Sandhills… Uniquely Prairie!" This is the theme for Leader’s 2009 Birding and Tourism Festival. The bird watching opportunities in Leader are many, as local birding enthusiasts have identified almost 220 species of birds in the area on their life lists. 

What makes the area unique is the study in contrasts. The Great Sandhills provide 1,900 square kilometers of relatively undisturbed native prairie land, ideal for all sorts of upland and grassland bird species. Contrasting the Sandhills is the South Saskatchewan River, with its lush mature cottonwood forest along a river that is still considered “wild” in southern, settled Canada.

Leader Birding FestivalThe 3rd Leader Birding Festival, will be held from May 8-9, 2009, and will offer guided tours or self-guided tour opportunities.  In addition, there will be special guest speakers, presentations and a banquet.

The Leader area is a paradise for bird watching enthusiasts, hikers and outdoor enthusiasts of all kinds. In 2005 and 2007, the birders that attended this event recorded almost 70 different species over the course of the weekend. The Guided Tours are limited to the first 28 registrants and the deadline for registrations is April 20, 2009, so register now!

For your complete registration package to attend the 3rd Leader Bird Watching and Tourism Festival, or to learn more, please contact the Leader Tourism Committee at rwrishko@sasktel.net or phone 306-291-7781. For more information about birding in Leader click here.