|Lower Mainland Nature Viewing Region|
|Metro Vancouver Area|
|Iona Regional Park (Richmond)|
|Log Booms on the Fraser: photo by Bill Kinkaid||Looking out at the Jetty: photo by Bill Kinkaid|
|One of the premier birding locations in British Columbia, with shorebirds, waterfowl, raptors, pelagic birds and passerines. A major stop on the Pacific Flyway for migrating shorebirds, and rarities are reported regularly.|
|Geographical Description||Georgia Basin, Fraser River Estuary|
|Area/ Trail Length|
|Seasons to Visit||Year round; beach area is very busy in summer months.|
|Habitat||Sandy beach, tidal and fresh water marsh wetlands, rocky jetty.|
|Viewing Highlights||Large numbers of waterfowl and raptors overwintering.|
Large numbers of migrating shorebirds, particularly in spring.
The Iona Jetty carries outfall from the sewage treatment plant 4km out into the Strait of Georgia and is a good location for pelagic birds.
Intertidal marine and dune habitat.
Outer ponds are excellent fresh water marsh habitat with breeding Yellow-headed Blackbirds.
Riparian habitat on North Arm of Fraser River; Purple Martins nest on piles on the river.
Four large settling ponds in the neighbouring sewage treatment plant are very popular with waterfowl and shorebirds. Closed to the general public but birders are welcome; contact the Birding Section of Nature Vancouver for access information.
|Main Access||Main parking lot is at the end of Ferguson Road. |
No transit nearby. The end of the road is 6.6km from Templeton Station on the Canada Line; this is a pleasant cycling trip but part of the road is narrow with no shoulder so use caution.
|Cautions||Use caution on the jetties in cold and wet weather.|
The parking lot is a high risk area for vehicle theft and vandalism, so take all precautions.
The sewage treatment plant is a high security area, so keep out.
|Jurisdiction||Metro Vancouver Parks|
|Regulations||No camping, fires or alcohol. No dogs in the area of the ponds or on the intertidal between the Iona Jetty and the North Arm Jetty.|
|Facilities||Pit toilets and picnic tables at the main parking lot; port-a-potties on the Iona jetty.|
|Other Recreational Activities|
|History||The park was established in 1990 as a habitat compensation area for habitat lost when Vancouver International Airport built its second runway in 1992.|
|FMI||Metro Vancouver Regional Parks West Area Office 604-224-5739 |
|Links||Metro Vancouver Parks|
|Important Bird Areas|
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