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Winter home of the Snow Geese and one of Canada's top birdwatching sites.
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Our Society

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 2000 members, and a volunteer Board of Directors is elected annually to represent the founding organizations and the local community interests.

Making Donations

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.

Becoming a Member

Membership in the Society provides free year-round admission to the Sanctuary; and a 10% discount on purchases in the gift shop. Quarterly issues of the Society's publication "Marshnotes" featuring Sanctuary highlights and conservation issues of local interest are available on our Archives page. Please complete our Membership Form and send it in to the Sanctuary to register.

Job Postings

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Volunteers are essential to the management and operation of the Sanctuary as a community asset, a vital 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.

Current Volunteer Postings


President: Jack Bates
Vice-President: George Reifel
Treasurer: Jim Morrison
Secretary: Barney Reifel


Jack Bates
F. Wayne Diakow
Kevin Husband
Mark McDonald
James A. Morrison
Gerald O.S. Oyen
Doug Ransome
Barney Reifel
Liam Reifel
George C. Reifel
Ken Thompson



Manager: Kathleen Fry
Gift Shop Manager: Varri Raffan
Assistant Manager: Evan Gogal
Maintenance: Phoenix Black
Education: Dani McRobbie
Biologist: Marissa Sasaki
Field Crew: Kristina Breit and
Kiera Fritsch


Visit our Archives Page for back issues of our newsletter Marshnotes. The magazine is published quarterly and is provided to all members.

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