Re: 'Hidden jewel' gets polishing, July 6
I am surprised in the article on tourism in Delta that no mention is made of the potential for ecotourism, other than a passing mention of Reifel (bird) refuge.
Boundary Bay and the Fraser River estuary are Canada's top-rated Important Bird Area and a highly significant wintering and migratory bird stopover on the Pacific Flyway.
Our local politicians and Delta Chamber of Commerce must be aware of this, yet have not developed any community or economic plan based on this fact.
The birds are a significant draw for ecotourists, including regional, crossCanada and international visitors. It is not uncommon for the regular birding walks hosted by the Delta Naturalists' Society to attract such visitors to Delta, and birding gatherings, hosted by Bird Studies Canada, BC Nature and others, have brought money into the community on several occasions in the last few years.
At the end of September, BC Nature is holding its fall general meeting at the Coast Tsawwassen Inn, attracting members from around the province. We will once again be showcasing the many locations around Delta that are excellent places for viewing birds and other wildlife, not just Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary, but also the Boundary Bay marshes, dikes and regional park, Brunswick Point, Ladner and South Arm marshes, and Burns Bog.
As the author of two popular guides to local nature and history, I am more than ready to talk to the chamber of commerce about ecotourism opportunities in Delta.
As yet, it does not seem to consider that birds and nature are a valuable asset to our community.