Reifel Bird Sanctuary

Delta, British Columbia

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Once owned and farmed by the George C. Reifel family, the northern tip of Westham Island, called Reifel Island, is now Crown land, reserved as a refuge for the thousands of migratory and nesting birds that frequent the Fraser River floodplain. The 340-ha (850-acre) refuge is managed by the B.C. Waterfowl Society and is open to the public daily. Because the bird population of the refuge changes with the seasons, it is useful to know what you might find at any time. The greatest number of migratory ducks, geese and swans can be seen in winter; raptors, too, are most common then. In spring, when many of the wintering birds move on to their northern nesting grounds, shorebirds pass through the sanctuary. By April and May resident birds will be busy nesting, ducklings and goslings appearing on the scene by June. Songbirds such as warblers and flycatchers will be present in summer, while others, including towhees, juncos, chickadees, wrens and sparrows, are permanent residents. In summer the marsh may seem quiet, as young waterfowl have not yet learned to fly and adults are going through their moulting period, during which they too are temporarily flightless and spend much time in hiding.

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"Once owned and farmed by the George C. Reifel family, the northern tip of Westham Island, called Reifel Island, is now Crown land, reserved as a refuge for the thousands of migratory and nesting birds that frequent the Fraser River floodplain. The 340-ha (850-acre) refuge is managed by the B.C. Waterfowl Society and is open to the public daily. Because the bird population of the refuge changes with the seasons, it is useful to know what you might find at any time.

The greatest number of migratory ducks, geese and swans can be seen in winter; raptors, too, are most common then. In spring, when many of the wintering birds move on to their northern nesting grounds, shorebirds pass through the sanctuary. By April and May resident birds will be busy nesting, ducklings and goslings appearing on the scene by June. Songbirds such as warblers and flycatchers will be present in summer, while others, including towhees, juncos, chickadees, wrens and sparrows, are permanent residents. In summer the marsh may seem quiet, as young waterfowl have not yet learned to fly and adults are going through their moulting period, during which they too are temporarily flightless and spend much time in hiding."

Activity Type: Walking
Nearby City: Delta
Distance: 2
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Season: All year
Accessibility: Stroller/Wheelchair Accessible
Driving Directions: Directions to Reifel Bird Sanctuary

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May 2018