Reifel Bird Sanctuary, Delta, B.C.
Snow geese have arrived! October 2008.
The geese start arriving at the sanctuary in early October and are often referred to as the "Fraser-Skagit” flock or subpopulation, as they move back and forth between the estuaries of the Fraser and Skagit Rivers. The Skagit River estuary is just south of the Canada/United States border in the State of Washington, and it provides the birds with similar habitats to what they find in the Fraser River estuary- flat farmland next to extensive intertidal marshes. Each area traditionally supports approximately 50% of the flock in the fall, but nearly all of the flock concentrates in the Skagit estuary from late December to February. Birds return to the Fraser estuary in spring, and depart in April for their northward migration to Wrangel Island. Nesting pairs are on their nests and incubating eggs most of June, and the resulting young are ready to fly by late August.
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