April 2012 - Reifel Bird Sanctuary Field Trip

  • April 15, 2012 · 10:30 AM
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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!!!

-Trish

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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).

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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.

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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.

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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!

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  • jim h.

    It was a beautiful day at a very interesting place. Unfortunately I was distracted by a shiny object early in the proceedings and got separated from the group until near the end. Of course that just meant I got all the cool shots. Later I got to have lunch and talk cameras and photography with three great guys. All in all a wonderful experience. Thanks Trish.

    April 17, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I really enjoyed it.

    April 16, 2012

  • Webb Y.

    That was a great event. Can't wait for next meetup outing!

    April 16, 2012

  • Randall St. G.

    Thanks Trish for organizing a wonderful walk in the sanctuary. Nice to meet everyone. it was too bad I couldn't stay for lunch.

    April 16, 2012

  • Trish

    As far as attendance goes, I was surprised we missed so many people. I counted 45 attendees today at Reifel, and there were 58 signed up (less three I know couldn't attend), making it 10 people who did't make it out or didn't connect with the group. I'd like to ask all those folks who couldn't make it today to send me a private email message to let me know what happened. Thank you. :)

    April 15, 2012

  • stephanie

    Thank you Trish!

    April 15, 2012

  • Trish

    Thank you Martin! It was such a fun day, wasn't it? :)

    April 15, 2012

  • Trish

    A fantastic outing today! Thanks to everyone for coming out. The birds were all in good form, the weather was perfect, and it was so delightful to meet and talk to everyone!!! I can't wait for next time!!!

    April 15, 2012

  • Martin T.

    A thousand thanks to Trish for such a good day...

    April 15, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Beautiful day for shooting, great people and a fun time.

    April 15, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Nima has a ride with me. Talked to him this morning. Sorry I haven't replied promptly.

    April 15, 2012

  • Martin T.

    Trish..You are the BEST organizer around..
    See ya later.. Martin

    April 15, 2012

  • Trish

    YAY! The weather will be perfect for us today!!! Safe journey to Reifel everyone! Thanks Jason for being so helpful with carpooling last night. Yesterday morning, I emailed everyone who was looking for a ride and still haven't heard from Nima or Keith. If anyone knows if they're coming with a ride, please post here. Otherwise, I think we're all accounted for. :)

    April 15, 2012

  • Confusion C.

    Helen, I can always give you a lift to a bus stop if you cannot find a ride back. That would not be a problem at all. Meet time is now 10am, NOT 10:15, as I was mistaken about the meet time at Reifel.

    April 15, 2012

  • masoumeh s.

    I appreciate again for your reply ... but Im worry that we will be in trouble to come back home ... so we will not go tomorrow ... have a nice day ... see you in next days .. bye

    April 15, 2012

  • Confusion C.

    Helen, I have exactly 2 spaces, so you can both come! My cell# is[masked] if you need to call me. Please note that I am going to the lunch after Reifel and I am not coming back to Vancouver until later in the day, so you may need to find another person to give you a lift back after lunch.

    April 15, 2012

  • masoumeh s.

    hi confusion circle ... thank you for your reply .. I am with my son .. so we are two ... please if you have enough space for us let me know if i can join you or not ..

    April 15, 2012

  • Confusion C.

    Hi, Helen. I will be in the little parking lot behind the Starbucks across the street from the Broadway-City Hall skytrain station @ 10:15. I will be driving a silver Volvo wagon.

    April 15, 2012

  • masoumeh s.

    Im in north vancouver , capolina road

    April 15, 2012

  • masoumeh s.

    hi all , Im helen , I have poblem with going there , because I searched in map and there was not any bus route to there , so I dont know how to go there :( ....

    April 15, 2012

  • Confusion C.

    Trish, I am truly, utterly disgusted with you....

    ....at how soft you've become. No initiation, no hazing rituals...I think we should make the newbies do the "Duck Pond".

    April 14, 2012

  • Confusion C.

    Ok, so disregard my last post. I now have two spots open. I will be picking up people at the little parking lot behind the Starbucks across the street from the Broadway-City Hall skytrain station at 10:15. If anyone still needs a ride, please reply via PM or email. Please note that I will be going to the lunch after Reifel.

    April 14, 2012

  • Confusion C.

    I am picking up Min at 10:15 to 10:30 at the Starbucks across the street from the Broadway-City Hall Skytrain station. I have room for one more if anyone still needs a lift. Unfortunately, you will need to find a ride back from Starkey's as I am not coming back to Vancouver until late in the day. Please PM me if you need a lift, thanks!

    April 14, 2012

  • Allan W

    Thanks Trish for organizing all of this. See everyone there!

    1 · April 14, 2012

  • Trish

    One further thing, if we try to bring correct change for the gate entrance ($5 adults, $3 seniors), it will help. Also, they do indeed have in-out privileges so your fee is good for the day :)

    April 14, 2012

  • Trish

    Jason, as I recall, it was the bird pond at Reifel that I made you swim with the mallards! I remember clearly chiding you and you happily jumped into the pond in a wild and wet display of loyalty! :)

    April 14, 2012

  • Carol

    Hi guys - I am looking for a ride. I am in North Vancouver near Lonsdale, but can meet you anywhere along the skytrain. I am not signed up for lunch but am happy to go thereas well. Also happy to spend longer at the bird sanctuary either instead of lunch or after lunch.. Regards, Carol

    April 14, 2012

  • Confusion C.

    Trish, are you not initiating new comers by making them swim in a shark pool like you did me???

    1 · April 12, 2012

  • Martin T.

    It looks like the sun will shine Sunday..I'm going out an hour early to
    snoop around... see u there. Marti

    1 · April 12, 2012

  • joshnlevinson

    Excellent! Hopefully I'll get to meet some of you on Sun. Looking forward to it!

    April 11, 2012

  • ariel

    me too... cant wait to meet you guys :)

    1 · April 11, 2012

  • stephanie

    It will be my first meet up too Josh.

    1 · April 10, 2012

  • Trish

    Yes! This group is very welcoming to new members. Please feel free to join us and I encourage all new members coming out to touch base with me soon after you arrive so you can feel part of the group. :)

    April 10, 2012

  • joshnlevinson

    Hi there, I'm new to this group, but was wondering if this trip is open to newcomers. Thanks!

    April 10, 2012

  • Trish

    Everyone... please firm up your travel plans like this: Those looking for rides please contact the people offering space in their cars by private message. It helps if everyone keeps their RSVP Comments up to date. Thanks!!!

    April 8, 2012

  • Trish

    Noted Nathan. Thank you. Sorry you can't make it. Next field trip, I'll definitely make sure it doesn't coincide with a major event (eg, Sun Run), and will endeavour for a Saturday. :)

    April 8, 2012

  • Nathan P.

    Change of plans. I wont be able to make it. I wish it was held on a Saturday.

    April 8, 2012

  • Confusion C.

    I have room for three in my car to go there, but I will be going to Sharkey's for the lunch afterwards. After lunch, I am most likely going to the dykes for the owls. I can pick up at the Broadway Skytrain station.

    April 7, 2012

  • Sheila

    If someone has space, I would love a ride. I live in the kits area.

    1 · April 3, 2012

  • Trish

    Sorry Neil, and to others attending the Sun Run. Other dates are difficult for me in April. Let's look forward to more events in the coming months... :)

    March 18, 2012

  • Trish

    Folks, don't worry about paying the $1 group fee online. You can hand me a loonie when you see me. It's to help with the $12/month group fees to Meetup. In addition, there will still be the $5 gate fee. So in total, bring $6.

    1 · March 18, 2012

  • Neil L.

    Too bad it coincides with the Sun Run...why not hold the trip outings for a Saturday before the Sun Runs? Just a thought .....

    March 18, 2012

  • Trish

    Hi Katherine, there's no cap on attendees, so please bring your guests for the Field Trip. If anyone is bringing children, they MUST NOT be an imposition to other members who are trying to setup shots. But we've never had a problem in the past.

    March 18, 2012

  • Katherine

    Trish, is there a cap on the number of participants, and are we permitted to bring guests?

    March 18, 2012

  • Trish

    Add the note to your RSVP by clicking the RSVP button.

    March 18, 2012

  • Trish

    If you have room in your car, please post a note with number of seats and your home location/route. If you need a ride, post a note with your home location and don't be shy!

    March 18, 2012

  • Trish

    Getting excited already! :)

    1 · March 18, 2012

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