Where will we meet?
We will meet at the Visitor's Centre by the parking lot at the Reifel Bird Sanctuary. There is a fee of $5 for Adults that you will need to pay at the Visitor's Centre before entering (cash or credit only, they do not accept debit). We will meet at 12:45 PM and leave at 1:00 PM sharp. We will walk around the site along it's many pathways in any direction you may choose and then meet up again at 3:30 PM where we started. If you choose to stay longer that is fine but keep in mind the park closes at 4:00 PM.
The park is fairly large and there are many different paths to explore. I've added a photo of the sanctuary's pathways below.
There is no coffee shop within walking distance, but if people would like to meet up afterwards to chat and compare photos, we will be meeting up at Sharkey's Seafood Bar and Grille located at 4953 Chisholm Street (http://bit.ly/Xhe1ah).
Have a look at this link for more information: http://www.reifelbirdsanctuary.com/visitor.html
1. What should I bring?
A Camera, It doesn't matter if you have a point and shoot camera or a Digital SLR, either one is fine.
If you have a zoom lens, you might want to bring that along!
A tripod (optional).
Wear comfortable clothes and shoes, be sure you are comfortable.
2. What can I shoot?
There are many species of birds and plants to photograph, for example small forest birds, large flocks of waterfowl (ducks and geese), heron, cranes and birds of prey such as owls, eagles and a variety of hawks. There are also various grasses and marsh plants as well as small forests, plenty of opportunities for macro photography as well. It is a great time to visit as many species will have given birth to chicks (ducklings and goslings and hopefully colts), as well as stop there to feed and rest along their annual migration along the Pacific Coast.
3. How do I get there?
Unfortunately, the sanctuary is only accessible by car, so if people are willing to carpool that would be helpful. From Ladner's city centre, the bird sanctuary is a 20 minute drive down a country road, over a rickety bridge on to the rural/agricultural Westham Island.
You can use Google Maps for directions or visit the website for a map and directions here: http://www.reifelbirdsanctuary.com/visitor.html
Look forward to seeing you there!