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The George C. Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary is situated on Westham Island..The fall viewing is made most spectacular by the arrival of the "Fraser-Skagit" flock of Lesser Snow Geese. This particular sub-population of snow geese numbers between 30,000 and 80,000 depending upon nest success in arctic breeding grounds on Wrangel Island (Russia). These birds start to arrive in early October and spend the winter at the Sanctuary, in surrounding parts of the Fraser River Estuary (Delta and Richmond) and in the nearby Skagit River Estuary in Washington,USA. They depart for northern nesting grounds in April.