Bird-watching at George Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary, Canada

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Trip to the George C. Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary at the Alaksen National Wildlife Area in Delta, BC, Canada on Thursday, March 24, 2011. The bird sanctuary is the winter home of the lesser snow goose and is Canada’s top bird-watching site in the heart of the Fraser River estuary. It is about an hour’s drive from the City of Vancouver in British Columbia. The area includes managed wetlands, marshes and dikes. The 300-hectare (740-acre) area has numerous walking trails, bird blinds, lookouts and a gift shop. It has resident nesting sites for Sandhill Cranes, Bald Eagles, Mallards and Spotted Towhees, among others. Migrants include Lesser Snow Geese, Greater and Lesser Yellowlegs, Long-billed Dowitchers and Western Sandpipers. Over 250 species have so far been recorded in the sanctuary. Dogs and bicycles are not allowed in the sanctuary as it is a National Protected Wildlife Area. Official Web site: www.reifelbirdsanctuary.com Address: 5191 Robertson Road, Delta, BC V4K 3N2 Phone/fax: 604-946-6980 Hours: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm PST daily (the sanctuary is closed in the evenings. No entry into trails after 4:00 pm) Admissions: Adults – ; Children – (2-14 yrs)- ; Seniors (60 yrs+) – ; Members – free; school group rates (by reservation only) Check out the history of the George C. Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary @ www.reifelbirdsanctuary.com

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