George C. Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary
George C. Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary is a protected area in Delta, British Columbia, Canada, and is part of the Fraser River estuary, designated a site of Hemispheric Importance by the Western Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve Network.
|George C. Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary|
|Location||Westham Island, Delta, British Columbia|
|Area||648 ha (1,600 acres)|
|Designation||Migratory Bird Sanctuary|
|Governing body||Canadian Wildlife Service|
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, spotted towhees and many 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. The sanctuary is open year-round from 9 am to 4 pm local time.
George C. Reifel bought the sanctuary land in 1927 and originally used it as a working farm and family retreat. Reifel's son, George H. Reifel first leased the land to the British Columbia Waterfowl Society for use as a sanctuary in the 1960s. In 1972, the Reifel family "agreed to a combination of land sale and donation to the federal government on the condition that it would continue to be managed for the primary benefit of waterfowl and that the Sanctuary would continue to bear the name of George C. Reifel."
- Canada, Environment and Climate Change (2014-11-17). "George C. Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary". aem. Retrieved 2020-09-14.
- "About the Sanctuary". The George C. Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary. Retrieved September 18, 2017.
- "Alaksen National Wildlife Area". Environment and Climate Change Canada. Retrieved September 18, 2017.
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