Tuesday, 29 March 2016

Amazing Birding at the Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary

by Keith and Heather Nicol

On a recent visit to Vancouver in late March we visited The George C. Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary near the community of Ladner.  For anyone interested in bird watching this is a must see location due to the large variety of birds that can be seen. We were most interested in seeing the sandhill cranes and a variety of ducks and geese and we weren’t disappointed. The Sanctuary consists of nearly 300 hectares (850 acres) of managed wetlands, natural marshes and low dykes in the heart of the Fraser River Estuary on Westham Island. The Sanctuary is well located for millions of birds seeking feeding and resting areas during their annual migrations along the Pacific Coast. 

We saw many colourful wood ducks

 The Sanctuary is now over 50 years old and is now one of the more popular nature viewing areas in the Greater Vancouver metropolitan area in southwestern British Columbia and is ranked as one of the top ten bird-watching sites in Canada. Each year, visitor use numbers over 70,000, and is a mix of birdwatchers, birding and sight-seeing groups, photographers and students participating in school programs. Allow about 45 minutes depending on traffic to get to the Sanctuary from downtown Vancouver.  We certainly plan to visit again since we saw just a portion of the Sanctuary while we were there and bird life changes with the season. For more information see: http://www.reifelbirdsanctuary.com/
We loved watching the Sandhill Cranes

Many children were having a great time feeding the ducks

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