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.