Margo and Peter live with the people, the birds and the wild world of Haida Gwaii. The islands are part of the vortex of creation as dramatic winds, wild seas and constantly changing weather swirl around us.  Words like equinox, solstice and lunar cycles have real meaning; they are not merely words on a calendar but are manifested in the associated high tides and winds. Things sometimes settle down between the new and full moons.  Winters are generally mild, although if the northeast outflow winds sweep down from the mainland mountains they can bring freezing gales that last for days.

As well as always keeping watch for bird activity, we are members of the Delkatla Sanctuary Society which owns and operates The Nature Centre at Delkatla. The Centre showcases Delkatla Wildlife Sanctuary and all that occurs there. Opened in 2006, interest in the Centre has grown over the years; it attracts visitors from Australia, Europe and the US.

We are also involved with St. Paul’s Anglican Church and its Thrift Shop. The shop started shortly after Peter retired from his position as Consultant for National Affairs with the Anglican Church in Toronto and came out here to take up a position as the Minister.  As a theologian/birder, Peter applies his learning, skills and abilities to help interpret the natural history of Haida Gwaii and the bird movements here.  He follows in the footsteps of all spiritual leaders down the ages who see the Creator’s dramatic hand in everything around him.

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  1. Larry Dea

    Just great, Guys
    It will be a bonus to be able to keep abreast of the bird life in your neck of the woods.
    Thank you in advance.
    Larry Dea

    N Van

  2. Ben Hamel

    Father and Margo, this looks great! I just signed up so I will receive Alerts to my Blackberry every time a new post is published (‘Committed’ as we would say in the computer Engineering world:) ) so I look forward to hearing about the Islands, adventures, and Birds in real-time!


  3. Molly

    I spotted a bird this morning on an overgrown logging road outside port clements just around dawn a fairly tall sandpiper type bird , but in the woods with a distinctly down turned bill the only thing I can find in my bird identifier that looks similar is a Ruff could it be this? if not what other suggestions do you have as to what it might be

  4. Molly

    The other folks I was with have all agreed the bill was much more turned down than the Ruff so now I am between the whimbrel and the Bristle Thighed Curlew any thoughts? It is the wrong time of year for either of those I believe

    1. finnoula Post author

      I’m not sure what it might be, it’s odd that a shorebird would be in the woods, if it’s as big as a whimbrel that could be it, though its late in the year for one of those, they usually show up in spring migration. Was it north or south of PC? along the road to Juskatla? I’m puzzled – there are a lot of flickers along the road-side right now, they have a shorter down-turned bill, and wouldn’t be as upright as a whimbrel – interesting! Thanks for asking, and sorry I couldn’t be of more help.

  5. Linda Scott

    Margo and Peter,
    My kayaking buddy and I are visiting Haida Gwai in August. Both of us are Registered Piano Technicians, and we’d be happy to bring tools if there are any acoustic pianos that need tuning. Do you know of any? We hope to meet you during our trip! Warm regards, Linda Scott


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