CALLING ALL EARLY BIRDS!
Considering the weather will be on our side tomorrow (mild temps, sun with clouds, low chance of rain, low winds), and we will be over 60 people... I propose that anyone wishing to come out early should do so. NOTE, this doesn't change the regular Meetup time for those who want to stick to plan and arrive at 10:30am.
I will be onsite at 9am when the gate opens to greet the early birds, and again at 10:30am to greet the rest of the group. Don't worry that you'll be missing out on anything by choosing to come early or not. There are so many of us that we'll be scattered all over the site for several hours and it's sure to be a fantastic outing regardless of the time you arrive.
Some things to think about as you prepare:
1. Be sure to charge your batteries tonight! :)
2. Bring water and snacks for yourself. Do not bring seeds or bread for the birds. You can buy sanctioned bird seed for $1 a bag from the gatehouse when you arrive (so bring some pocket change for that).
3. Prepare for the weather. We're on the delta, in the open near the sea, so wear layers and windbreaking/waterproof jacket, and a hat to protect from sun/wind/sprinkles, as well as a bag to hold your layers if you get warm :) ... The paths are gravel and well maintained, so running shoes are fine unless you want to go off the track into the mud. Bring a plastic bag and good elastic band to protect your camera in case of light rain.
4. The Meetup event officially ends when many of us will be leaving around 12:30pm to go for lunch. But that doesn't mean you must leave! You're welcome to stay on with your new-found friends for further shooting, lunch on your own later, or move to another site, etc.
5. If you arrive late, just come in and start shooting! Do look for anyone with a camera -- and introduce yourself! We'll be moving generally in a clockwise direction from the gate house (stick to the left), and we'll be starting to leave at 12:30pm if you wish to catch up and join us for lunch at Sharkey's.
So... again... if you'd like to come out EARLY, you can meet me at 9am at the front gate. And, if you want to stick to the original plan, I'll see you at 10:30 as planned.
I'm so looking forward to seeing everyone!!!
It's been a while since we've been to Reifel, so let's go in April. This Sunday morning walk will last two hours and then we'll head to Sharkey's for lunch (see separate invite for lunch).
Migration paths of many migrant birds converge at the Fraser River delta. Its location mid-way along the Pacific Coast makes it an international crossroad of bird migration routes from 20 countries and three continents. Waterfowl and shorebirds from breeding grounds in Siberia, Alaska, Yukon, and other arctic and prairie areas all stop to refuel in the Fraser River estuary on their way to wintering grounds in California, Mexico, Central and South America or the South Pacific. Millions of waterfowl and shorebirds, and over 20 species of birds of prey consequently all congregate at the mouth of the river; Green-winged Teal, American Wigeon, Gadwall, Northern Shoveler, Northern Pintail, Lesser Snow Geese, Trumpeter Swans are the most commonly-observed waterfowl species seen inshore. The climate is mild, and there are plentiful foods ranging from marine fish and invertebrates to grasses, rodents and amphibians.
Our Sunday morning field trip to the Bird Santuary will present awesome photo opportunities and a gentle walk through the wetlands of this unique ecosystem. Great landscape, micro, macro and definitely lots of options for shots of birds near and far. It's marshy and wet at the best of times, so dress warmly with shoes that can get a little dirty. And, if poor weather or raining, bring covers and bags and ties to protect your gear.
Rain date -- this event will proceed rain or shine. :)
Carpooling -- let's use the RSVP comments to say if we have space or need a ride and general location, and send individual notes to each other to hook up.
By car -- about 15 Km drive from central Vancouver, taking Hwy 99 south as if going to the Tsawwassen Ferry. At Ladner Trunk Road go west (turn right). Continue through the townsite of Ladner along Ladner Trunk to River Road West, which goes west and veers south (look for the hidden sign), turn right and then over the bridge at Westham Island Rd. Follow signs all the way past farms on the same road which ends up at the main parking area.
There's a small fee, $5.00 (confirmed), payable at the gate when we walk through.
The $1.00 group fee is to help with group costs and can be paid to Trish at the event.
We'll gather at the parking lot near the gate and then go through as a group. If you're late, do come out and try to find us. We'll probably do the circuit in a quasi-clockwise direction :)
Looking forward to seeing you all soon!