As the weather changes and the swallows come back from Capistrano, there is nothing better than going outside with your kids. Whether your little one is an energetic five-year-old or a member of the swing and stroller set, why not take them to the Reifel Bird Sanctuary?
The Reifel Bird Sanctuary is just West of Ladner and just South of the George Massey Tunnel. With nearly 850 acres of wetlands, natural marshes and low dikes in the heart of the Fraser River Estuary, this beautiful sanctuary is filled with millions of birds seeking feeding and resting areas during their annual migrations along the coast.
Many bird species live at the sanctuary year-round or visit during the summer months to nest and rear their young, so there is no shortage of things to look at. Mallard Ducks, Canada Geese and Sandhill Cranes nest in quiet grassy areas of the Sanctuary and if you head out in the next few weeks, you can see them walking the trails with their young families. American Robin, Barn Swallow, Bushtit, Marsh Wren, Red-Winged Blackbird, Gadwall and many sparrows also nest throughout.
The dikes serve as walkways and are stroller accessible making it easy to navigate through the many ponds filled with ducks and geese that are always ready for a snack. With bird seed available at a bargain of only $0.50, you can buy a bag for everyone on your excursion.
Our little one liked making sounds at the ducks and he loved looking at their babies, maybe because he’s still a baby himself. The trails were fairly empty, except for the occasional nature photographer and bird watcher, so if you are lucky enough to be at home with your kids, head out during the week when the crowds are minimal.
With an affordable entrance fee ($5.00 for adults, $3.00 for kids from two to 14), great and varied education programs and beautiful picnic sites, the Reifel Sanctuary is a great place to migrate to with your little…and big…chicks!