Delta Bird and Biodiversity Strategy

Delta Council has approved the creation and implementation of a Delta Bird and Biodiversity Strategy, just in time for the 2018 International Ornithological Congress! Learn more.


Delta is perhaps best known for its wetland, estuarine and upland habitats that support the largest wintering populations of waterfowl, shorebirds and birds of prey in Canada. Up to five million migratory birds use the Fraser River Estuary and Delta as a vital stopover on the Pacific Flyway. Boundary Bay and its adjacent uplands represent the most significant migratory waterfowl and shorebird habitat on Canada's Pacific Coast. For information about birds in Delta, view the Birds in Delta and Experience Birding in Delta guides.

As a result, the lands and waters of the Fraser River Estuary have received a number of noteworthy designations:

  • Boundary Bay, Roberts Bank and the South Arm Marshes are provincial Wildlife Management Areas
  • The Alaksen National Wildlife Area is located on Delta's Westham Island
  • The estuary was declared an Important Bird Area in 2001 and is recognized as the most significant out of 597 such sites in Canada
  • The Fraser River foreshore and selected provincial and federally owned lands were designated as a Hemisphere Reserve in the Western Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve Network in 2004

Also within Delta is the George C. Reifel Bird Sanctuary, one of Canada's top bird watching areas.


Raptors and most other birds are protected in British Columbia under Section 34 of the BC Wildlife Act. The bird nesting season is generally from March 1–August 31. Some raptors, including eagles, nest as early as February 1.

Eggs and raptor nest trees are protected year round under BC Wildlife Act. If you wish to remove or modify a raptor nest tree or a bird nest with eggs/young, you must seek permission and obtain a written permit from the Ministry of Environment’s Permit & Authorization Service Bureau. You may also require a federal permit under the Migratory Birds Convention Act and should check with Environment Canada.


Some species of birds are considered game birds. The annual Hunting Regulation Synopsis outlines hunting seasons and bag limits.

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Watch Council Meetings Online

Delta is now featuring live and archived web broadcasts of Regular Council Meetings and Public Hearings held at Municipal Hall online.

Delta Heritage Strategy Update

Delta is updating its Heritage Strategy. Learn more!

Mission Statement

To provide a healthy workplace and foster a safe, vibrant, sustainable community through excellence in municipal services honouring culture, heritage and the environment.

BizPaL Online Business Permits and Licences

Starting a business in Delta? Use BizPaL to search the permits and licences you require.

Looking for more events?

Check out our Event Calendar for all upcoming events in Delta!

Highway Advisories

Highways are managed by the Ministry of Transportation & Infrastructure. Visit their website for highway advisories, updates and information.

Keep Updated about Winter Conditions

Call Delta's winter road conditions hotline 604-952-3820. The message on this phone line is updated every four hours during a snow/ice event. 

Free Mattress Recycling Program

Did you know that Delta residents can recycle mattresses for free? Get your voucher now!

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Do you want to teach your students about Burns Bog? Have you always wanted to take a field trip to the bog, but don't know where to go? Let us help you with our Burns Bog Classroom Program.

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These forms are provided for guidance and information only and should not be used in place of certified copies, which can be obtained from the Community Planning & Development department at Municipal Hall or by calling 604-946-3380.


Neighbourhood Road Improvements Plan

The Neighbourhood Road Improvements Plan is well under way with a full slate of 2017 projects. Learn more.

2015 Delta Triathlon

The 16th Annual Delta Triathlon is on Saturday, April 25, 2015. Adult registration for the 2015 Delta Triathlon is sold out and the waitlist is full. Registration is still open for the Kids of Steel race.

Tilbury Ice Arena - REALice pilot project

Read about Tilbury Ice arena's new energy efficient ice resurfacing technology REALice, part of a FortisBC pilot project.

Free Wi-Fi!

Free Wi-FiDid you know that Delta offers free Wi-Fi connection in most of our facilities? Check your email and check out all the online services that we offer.

More Career Options with Delta

Please visit Delta Police for careers related to policing or Delta Fire & Emergency Services for firefighter recruitment information.

Watermain Replacement

Find out how we ensure Delta's watermains run efficiently and our residents have access to safe, clean drinking water. Review our Watermain Construction process for details.

Aquatic Volunteer Portal

Visit Delta's Aquatic Volunteer Portal to view a list of current aquatic volunteer opportunities.

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