Snow geese

Snow geese fly in large groups PHOTO — MIZMAK / CC, FLICKR

Snow geese fly in large groups
PHOTO — MIZMAK / CC, FLICKR

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Snow geese migrate over the coastal area in Delta, BC. They rest in the fields around Delta.

Snow geese fly here from Wrangel Island. Wrangel Island is north of Siberia. They fly about 5,000 km each direction.

They arrive at the Reifel Bird Sanctuary in Delta between the middle of October and the middle of December. In the spring, they fly north between the middle of March and the middle of April.

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Map courtesy of the Reifel Bird Sanctuary visitor information  ©The British Columbia Waterfowl Society

Map courtesy of the Reifel Bird Sanctuary visitor information
©The British Columbia Waterfowl Society

70,000 snow geese winter between here and the Skagit River Delta.

A flock of snow geese is amazing to watch. They travel together in very large dense flocks of up to 20,000 birds. They feed, rest and fly over the Reifel Bird Sanctuary, neighbouring farmland and nearby Fraser marshes every day. They are restless and constantly moving when eagles, people and dogs are nearby.

A great place to see snow geese is the Reifel Bird Sanctuary in Delta, BC. The Sanctuary is the resting place for many other kinds of birds too.

The Sanctuary is open every day from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. Remember to leave your dog at home, please. Dogs upset the birds. Therefore, they are not allowed in the Sanctuary.