This magnificent photo taken by Flickr member TOTORORO.RORO captures the stunning – albeit cold – winter sunset at the George C. Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary. Although the photographer that took the photo must have been shivering, the temperature doesn’t seem to bother the abundant wildlife that is more-than-willing to spend time in the frigid waters.
As February’s Photo of the Month, this image not only makes us appreciate the abundant wildlife that inhabits British Columbia, but also educates us about the various parks and sanctuaries that exist throughout the province. The George C. Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary is a protected area in Delta, British Columbia; it includes many managed wetlands and marshes. A walk through the 300-hectare sanctuary – where one can explore numerous trails and lookouts – will reveal over 250 species, including Sandhill Cranes, Bald Eagles, Mallards, Western Sandpipers, and more! The George C. Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary even boasts a gift shop, so after your fun outdoors you can shop for some memorabilia (after all, everyone loves gift shops!).
The sanctuary is operated by the British Columbia Waterfowl Society – a non-profit conservation organization committed to stewardship in the province. It is strongly encouraged that you visit the sanctuary; as can be seen from the photo above, it is a beautiful conservation area offering education, wildlife observation, and exploration. The fall migration period (October to December) is the best time to view large flocks of waterfowl, with the arrival of Lesser Snow Geese being the main spectacle to witness. Visiting hours are 9am-4pm daily (including holidays), with an admission fee of $5 for adults (15-59 years) and $3 for children and seniors. More information can be found on their website at http://www.reifelbirdsanctuary.com/visitor.html.