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 here; they are not merely words on a calendar but are manifested in the associated high tides and winds that rip and tear through the sea and sky. Things sometimes settle down between the new and full moons and maybe for a few days after the full moon.  Winters are usually mild, although when the northeast outflow winds blow down from the mainland mountains they can bring in freezing gales that last for days.

As well as always keeping watch for bird activity, both of us are really busy 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 with St. Paul’s. Peter is a theologian/birder and applies his learning, skills and abilities as he works to interpret the natural history of Haida Gwaii and bird movements here.  He sees the many wonderful connections between his spiritual life and that of the wild world and he follows in the footsteps of all spiritual leaders down the ages who see the Creator’s dramatic hand in everything around him.


7 Responses to About

  1. Larry Dea says:

    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 says:

    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 says:

    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 says:

    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

    • finnoula says:

      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 says:

    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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