Margo Hearne

On the Wing: Springtime brings warmth, but also sadness this year

There are very few places like it on the B.C. coast and to see all that action — all those new arrivals quite makes the heart sing.

  • Apr 21, 2017

On the Wing: Swans in the storm and Rufous in the rain

he swans were totally exhausted and needed to rest, and that’s what they did.

  • Apr 16, 2017

On the Wing: Warblers in the sun and shorebirds in the channels

If we want bird sanctuaries it’s best to put them where the birds are, not where we think they should be.

St. Paul’s Thrift Shop turns 20

The Thrift Shop began its days in the annex of the church basement on October 19, 1996 after a very successful rummage sale.

On the Wing: The wild’s unnaming of names

Seeing them as ‘other’ makes wildlife vulnerable to everything we continue to do that threatens their very survival.

  • Apr 3, 2017

On the Wing: A berry bonanza and fleecy fibres at sea

The doves are cooing and the Killdeer are now on the nest.

On the Wing: A preponderance of white and red

Given the nature of coastal weather, this snow could be all gone in a few days but right now it’s time to enjoy the show.

On the Wing: Of space and time, patience and music

Birds don’t give a toss about Einstein’s intergalactic space-time continuum.

  • Mar 10, 2017

On the Wing: Evocative sounds and messengers of the gods

Where there are large flocks of small birds, there will be raptors.

Cedar Waxwings in the cotoneaster and cats on the prowl

Thousands of Bohemian Waxwings flew like tiny colourful jet-fighters and ate every Mountain Ash berry they could find.

Icy Katabatic winds and buffalo dreams

Haida Gwaii lives in the middle of all these tempestuous earthly wonders and so do birds.

Islands birders are big fans of the CBC (Christmas Bird Count)

Volunteers counted 39,814 birds of 108 species for the islands Christmas Bird Count, including one first: the Northern Mockingbird.