George C. Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary ($5.00)

 

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!

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  • Christine B.

    Great meetup.. love this area. Great opportunity to catch up with familiar faces.. thanks for organizing!

    May 21, 2013

  • Kathy P.

    Great afternoon; thanks to the photographers who accompanied me and gave me a lift out there! I look forward to seeing some of your shots.

    May 21, 2013

  • Lawrence G.

    Great event, wonderful place to photograph. Thank You for organizing this event

    May 20, 2013

  • Connie T.

    It's a gorgeous day with a memorable shooting experience! Love it!

    May 19, 2013

  • Katherine D.

    Wonderful weather and so much to photograph!! I hope everyone had a great day and captured some fantastic images! Feel free to share 5 or 6 of them in the gallery.

    May 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Table for 6 on patio with shade ... Ready '!
    Who's buying?

    May 19, 2013

  • Confusion C.

    We are heading to Sharkey's now..please join us if you'd like!

    4953 Chisholm St.
    Ladner, BC V4K 2K6

    May 19, 2013

  • Elayne

    I am here. Got here early with Steven and am sidetracked

    May 19, 2013

    • Confusion C.

      We are at the main entrance now. We will be heading off for some eats at Sharkey's shortly.

      May 19, 2013

  • kelly

    Sorry fr the late cancellation
    ...i have unexpected company and they are here 3 hours earlier than they said they would be! Have fun!!!

    May 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Parking lot nearly full! One trail closed off is winding up central pmd but all straight line ones own as normal . Clearing a bit but 20 km winds off the water. Now u know. C y'all soon ..

    May 19, 2013

  • Confusion C.

    I was at Reifel yesterday, and they have cordoned off quite a large area (larger than in previous years) due to the Sandhill Crane colt hatching a few days ago. The male is more aggressive than usual it seems, due to stupid people trying to photograph it without regard for the animals.

    For the folks using the Massey Tunnel, there may be delays due to construction. I saw something about 20 minute delays today on a mobile signboard, but I didn't catch it in time as I drove past.

    May 19, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Having been on the receiving end of an attacking sandhill crane once at Reifel, I can say we are better off with a cordoned area. Better pack the 400mm then.

      May 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    http://www.drivebc.ca/mobile/pub/events/id/-41069.html
    Maintenance at George Massey Tunnel starting Sun May 26 at 11:00 pm through Mon May 27 at 5:00 am. 20 minute delay expected

    May 19, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Looks like not this weekend!!

      May 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    (have to work and skip it unfortunately :(

    May 18, 2013

  • Greg L.

    Hi all. I'm new to the area and just came across this group and this outing this morning. I'd love to join, but have no car. If anyone has any room for another rider, I'd appreciate it. I'm at 15th and Cambie, but can meet anywhere near transit and am completely flexible on departure time. An early start is fine as well. Regards, Greg

    May 18, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Great, I drive a burgundy blazer, the other ladies are going to be close to the entrance of the station.

      May 18, 2013

    • Greg L.

      Thanks. I'll have a black backpack, wear glasses and will have a red hat if I don't forget it. I'll look for the other ladies there at the entrance.

      May 18, 2013

  • Adam D.

    Sadly I have a conflict. I'd go again if the opportunity arises.

    May 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Steven,
    What time would you be leaving at?
    Thanks

    May 18, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks Steve, that's great. See you tomorrow. My number is[masked]

      May 18, 2013

    • Steven S

      Please check your email and reply.

      May 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I can take 2: leaving from Brentwood mall area sliding over to knight street bridge.

    May 13, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Sorry first ride along cancelled and I'm heading off quite early. Have to cancel offer.

      May 18, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      No more rides sorry

      May 18, 2013

  • Peter H.

    Sick kid. Sorry for late notice. Have fun!

    May 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hello there,
    I'm a new member. Does anyone have space left in their car. I live in Commercial Drive but I could meet you closer to down town if that suits better. I would also contribute to your petrol costs.
    Thanks,
    Patrick

    May 17, 2013

    • Steven S

      I can give you a ride if you are willing to leave early in the morning. Have you read Neil Laffra's comment below?

      May 17, 2013

  • Renee C.

    Sorry to miss it!

    May 17, 2013

  • Steven S

    Hi Elayne, Are you still looking for a ride? I replied your message two days ago. Please check your email. You may give me a shout back. Thanks.

    May 15, 2013

  • Kathy P.

    Hi; I would love to attend this event as I enjoy wildlife and animal photography but I don't have a car; is there anyone driving there from central Vancouver (I live near the King Edward Skytrain Station, on Cambie and King Edward) that I could get a lift with? I would be happy to chip in for fuel. Please let me know; thanks!

    May 3, 2013

    • Kathy P.

      Thanks for the message, Doris - I'll be there at 12:30 and will carry some kind of sign (other than my camera!) so you can spot me. - Kathy

      May 15, 2013

    • Doris F.

      You're welcome, Kathy! I am sure we will find each other. :)

      May 15, 2013

  • Peter H.

    So my son is interested in coming too if he is recovered from dental surgery by the weekend. There is no way to add "+1" to the RSVP though... Thanks.

    1 · May 14, 2013

  • Confusion C.

    I can also give some people a ride from downtown Vancouver, but I won't be returning to Vancouver right away. I'll probably visit the other eagle nests in the area and stop at Iona. I may even go earlier, as parking will be a real pain if the weather is nice.

    May 13, 2013

  • Peter H.

    There is a chance I will have to cancel. Is there a maximum for this event? If so, I'll cancel earlier than later. Thanks.

    May 12, 2013

    • Katherine D.

      I doubt this on will fill up, so no worries.

      May 13, 2013

  • Hello!ThailandTV_Shaw116

    I would have come otherwise but I already have my day planned. Highly recommended, you will have a great walk and snapping those photos, I've been to this place, and loved it.

    May 13, 2013

  • Jeanette

    Wish I could make it. Going to Vancouver Island to visit the in-laws. Have a great time. Looking forward to seeing all the photos.

    May 13, 2013

  • Chris S.

    Molto apologies- have a conflict. Can't do it.

    May 12, 2013

  • Grant

    Too late in the day.

    May 7, 2013

  • Peter H.

    Can guests come to this one? My son loves birds.

    April 29, 2013

    • Katherine D.

      For this walk no problem! Bring him along.

      April 29, 2013

  • Doris F.

    Thanks, Penny, for posting the info on The Birds exhibition at Photo Haus. If anyone is interested, the opening is at 7pm on May 10 at 14 West 7th Avenue in Vancouver. I have two pieces in the show.

    April 28, 2013

    • Katherine D.

      Congrats! Some of mine are in it as well. See you there.

      April 28, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Exciting! I'm going, first time to one.

      April 29, 2013

  • Joseph H.

    Sorry, Just find out I am conflict with another schedule.

    April 29, 2013

  • Connie T.

    I'll come with my husband. Thanks so much for organising this for us.

    April 28, 2013

  • Martin

    I luv this place

    April 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Here is the link to information on a show at the Photo Haus Gallery on 7th Avenue. The theme is birds.

    http://photohausgallery.com/current-calls-for-submission/the-birds-open-call-for-submissions-deadline-04-22-13/#more-1880

    April 28, 2013

    • Katherine D.

      You'll see 5 of mine in that exhibit.

      April 28, 2013

  • Chris S.

    Looking forward to meeting other photo enthusiasts

    April 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Plus 1

    April 28, 2013

  • torr l.

    looking forward to it!

    April 28, 2013

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