Sturgeon Bank Marshes Topo Map

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Lulu Island, which constitutes the larger part of Richmond, lies between the three arms of the Fraser River. Surrounding dykes—built to control flooding and claim the land for agriculture, and later for industry and residential property—serve well as footpaths from which to observe the teeming bird life of the Fraser estuary. Outside the island’s western dyke, the tidal marshes of Sturgeon Bank extend for several kilometers, providing food and refuge for thousands of resident and migratory waterfowl and shorebirds. These are brackish marshes (a mixture of fresh and salt water), increasing yearly as the Fraser continues to pour its muddy waters into the ocean. On the inland side, sheltered sloughs and drainage ditches also attract waterfowl, while a few remaining stands of crabapple and cottonwood are a haven for songbirds. Highlights: Tidal marsh and rivermouth; Garry Point, Steveston fishing village; waterfowl, shorebirds, raptors, songbirds. Terrain: Flat. Gravel dyke-top, optional informal trail. Garry Point Park paths suitable for wheelchairs.

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