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.