The British Columbia Waterfowl Society is a non-profit conservation organization that was formed in 1961 to conserve and promote waterfowl and wetlands in British Columbia. Since 1963, the Society's focus has been the stewardship of the George C. Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary in Delta. The Sanctuary hosted over 100,000 visitors in 2019. Its operation is supported financially through contributions of individuals and corporations, as well as gift shop revenue, memberships and gate entrance fees. The Society manages public use of the Sanctuary, provides interpretive programs, and contributes to research and conservation programs in the community. There are approximately 2700 members, and a volunteer Board of Directors is elected annually to represent the founding organizations and the local community interests.
If considering a donation or bequest, contact our Society through the Sanctuary office (604-946-6980) for our charitable registration number, information on tax receipts, recognition, and suggested wording for bequests. All contributions are appreciated. Tax receipts are automatically issued for donations over $10.00. The Society is a registered non-profit charitable organization, and copies of annual financial statements are made available upon request.
Taxidermy items can sometimes be donated. However, there is already an extensive on-site collection of birds (the Leo Malfet Collection), and the Society reserves the right to judge whether additional donated materials can become part of any permanent displays. Donated specimens need to include a brief history of the specimen and the owner's wishes should the Sanctuary not be able to make use of the donation.
Membership in the Society provides free year-round admission to the Sanctuary; a 10% discount on purchases in the gift shop, and quarterly issues of the Society's publication "Marshnotes" featuring Sanctuary highlights and conservation issues of local interest. Please complete our Membership Form and send it in to the Sanctuary to register.
Volunteers are essential to the management and operation of the Sanctuary as a community asset, a viital refuge for migratory birds, and a place to foster public appreciation for birds and the rural landscape of Delta. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, please contact the Sanctuary office for basic information about the kinds of volunteer assistance we seek.