George C. Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary


Day Hike - George C. Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary

POSTPONED TO FEBRUARY DUE TO UNFAVORABLE WEATHER/CONDITIONS - DATE TBD. Photo/birding trip for wintering snow geese and many other waterfowl species, birds of prey, shorebirds, herons, sandhill cranes, and passerines in one of Western Canada's premier birding areas.

COVID-19: Learn about our most up-to-date guidance for participants and leaders on our COVID-19 Response page. All participants and leaders must agree to the COVID-19 Code of Conduct before participating in this Mountaineers activity.
  • Easy
  • Easy
  • Mileage: 4.0
  • Elevation Gain: 50 ft

Updated 1/19:

6:20am - meet at Green Lake Park & Ride, North lot  (6601 8th Ave NE) for carpooling from Seattle.  OR meet 9:00am at Reifel.

 Linda will meet group at Reifel ~ 9:00am.  Co-leader Anita will meet carpoolers at Green Lake P&R

We'll aim to finish at Reifel by early afternoon, with option for side trip ~ 1 hour after Reifel to   O.W.L. raptor rehabilitation site (open to 3pm) in Ladner area.

Consider combining with a second day trip on Feb 3 to Semiahmoo Spit and Birch Bay in NW WA.  Option to camp at Birch Bay SP or motel in Blaine area.

Bring photo gear, scope or binoculars, and lunch.  Be-prepared for cool weather, light precip.  Snow or other adverse weather will cancel trip for later reschedule.

Bring your current passport for border crossings.

Reifel admission fees:  Adults $5; Seniors (60+) $3, or BC Waterfowl Society membership

O.W.L. individual donations appreciated


George C. Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

The Ten Essentials

  1. Navigation
  2. Sun protection
  3. Insulation (extra clothing)
  4. Illumination
  5. First aid supplies
  6. Fire
  7. Repair kit and tools, including knife
  8. Nutrition (extra food)
  9. Hydration (extra water)
  10. Emergency shelter
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