Queen Charlotte Islands Art

Queen Charlotte Islands Art

For over fifteen thousands years the Queen Charlotte Islands have been the home of indigenous people named the Haida. Their spirituality, art, culture and legends have transformed everyone who visits this unique paradise at the edge of the world. The supernatural nature of its mystical wilderness is pervasive throughout the islands. It is a place to become immersed in a pristine natural beauty, a unique style of art and a way of life which continues to enthral the world. All aspects of Haida art is highly spiritual. Social identity, according to their legends, has been bestowed upon them by the gods and their art embodies these standards. Art pervades all dimensions of their reality. Magnificent decorations adorn their canoes and totem poles as well as all other trappings of their cosmology. For instance, there are copper shields, ivory pendants, argillite carvings, baskets, capes, button blankets, gold jewellery, silver bracelets, food containers, storage chests, chief’s seats and specially designed house fronts. Their art style, which represents a variety of supernatural happenings, has been a subject of admiration by all other world cultures for thousands of years. It is the representation of souls undergoing transformations and awaiting rebirth into a world linked to the land and sea. The depth of its artistic creativity is unsurpassed. The whole area of the Queen Charlotte Islands is teeming with myriad different forms of life which provide the subject matter for their...
Places to see birds in the Queen Charlotte Islands

Places to see birds in the Queen Charlotte Islands...

The Queen Charlotte Islands are a birder’s paradise. They are full of more kinds of birds than any other place in the world. We will see many different species on the Queen Charlotte Islands sightseeing by boat. Sea birds are very prevalent in the entire area surrounding the islands. Loons, grebes, cormorants, ducks and alcids abound. Breeding colonies exist all over the rocky and sandy shores. Pigeon Guillemots, Marbled Murrulets, Rhino Auklets and Murres can be seen almost everywhere away from shore. Ancient Murrulets breed in large colonies but are usually difficult to see because they only return to shore in the evening. Puffins breed on many of the islands on the periphery of the archipelago. In addition, Cassin’s Auklets amd Kittiwakes are evident, especially on the islands’ west coast. At any time of the year one can see Shearwaters and Petrels. In addition, Arctic Terns, Arctic Jaegers, Phalaropes, Albatrosses, Eider Ducks, Murres, Auklets, Puffins and Sabine Gulls are evident.DELKATLA WILDLIFE SANCTUARY The Delkatla Wildlife Sanctuary is probably the main place of congregation for a wide variety of birds surrounding the Queen Charlotte Islands. Geese, Loons, Cormorants, Grebes, Scoters, Sandhill Cranes and Trumpeter Swans are numerous. In addition, Green-Winged Teals, Harlequin, Bufflehead, Oldsquaw, Merganser, Pintail, Shoveler, Canvasback, Scaup, Goldeneye, Mallard and Wigeon ducks can be observed in large numbers. Herons, Gulls, Crows and Ravens are common everywhere. Flickers, Kingfishers, Sapsuckers, Woodpeckers, Jays, Chickadees, Wrens, tiny Kinglets, Thrushes, Starlings, Sparrows, Juncos, Siskins, Crossbills, Flycatchers, Swallows, Robins, Pipits, Warblers and Lapland Longspur are examples of other birds that frequent this area. In addition, many shorebirds such as Plovers, Killdeers, Whimbrels, Yellowlegs, Sandpipers, Dowitchers, Snipes, Dunlins, Godwits, Red Knots and Black Oystercatchers are abundant. Raptors are also abundant. For instance, there are many Eagles, Harriers, Hawks, Peregrine Falcons and Owls.IKOON PARK South and east of the Delkatla Wildlife Sanctuary lies the large area comprising the Naikoon park. Sapsuckers, Woodpeckers, Thrushes, Jays, Chickadees, Wrens, Kinglets, Siskins, Sparrows and Crossbills are evident. In addition, the occasional Gyrfalcon, Sandhill Crane, Dowitcher, Loon, Plover, Sandpiper and Snipe can be see. The magnificent Tlell River is a traditional hot spot for seeing many different kinds of birds. Scoters, Scaups, Grebes and Loons are very coimmon. In addition, all the shorebirds mentioned above can be seen along the beaches and around the sand dunes. Myriad different forms of avian life inhabit the Port Clements area. Beautiful Harlequin Ducks, Dippers, Grosbeaks, Crossbills, Sparrows, Thrushes, Kinglets, Wrens, Chickadees, Jays, Woodpeckers, Juncos, Nuthatches, Warblers, Creepers, Flycatchers, Grouse and Owls make this area their home. The Queen Charlotte Islands are a birder’s paradise. They are full of more kinds of birds than any other place in the world. We will see many different species on the Queen Charlotte Islands sightseeing tours by boat. Sea birds are very prevalent in the entire area surrounding the islands. Loons, grebes, cormorants, ducks and alcids abound. Breeding colonies exist all over the rocky and sandy shores. Pigeon Guillemots, Marbled Murrulets, Rhino Auklets and Murres can be seen almost everywhere away from shore. Ancient Murrulets breed in large colonies but are usually difficult to see because they only return to shore in the evening. Puffins breed on many of the islands on the periphery of the archipelago. In addition, Cassin’s Auklets amd Kittiwakes are evident, especially on the islands’ west coast. At any time of the year one can see Shearwaters and Petrels. In addition, Arctic Terns, Arctic Jaegers, Phalaropes, Albatrosses, Eider Ducks, Murres, Auklets, Puffins and...
Queen Charlotte City

Queen Charlotte City

Queen Charlotte City is one of the most colorful towns we will see in the Queen Charlotte Islands tours. It is the administrative center. Its population is 1800. It is situated on the shoreline of Bearskin Bay in Skidegate Inlet. It has numerous gift shops, boutiques and restaurants. The harbor is a very active area during the summer months. Sailboats and many other vessels regularly use this very hospitable harbor. In addition to this community and remote geologically relevant areas, the tours cover Tow Hill (Basaltic volcano plug), North Beach, Agate Beach (gems by the sea), Port Clements (goldfields), Juskatla, Sandspit, Masset, Old Masset, Skoglund’s Landing, Yan, Rennell Sound, Tlell, Skidegate, the Golden Spruce hike, Copper Bay (Old Mine), Pallant Creek and Camp Moresby. Evenings often feature slide/lecture presentations by knowledgeable college/university...
Birds of Queen Charlotte Islands

Birds of Queen Charlotte Islands

The Queen Charlotte Islands have some of the largest concentrations of birds in the world. There are birds that reside in the islands all year round and there are many that regularly spend time here on their migrations to the arctic in the spring and to the tropics in the fall. These birds can be subdivided into the following categories: Shorebirds, wading birds, marsh birds sea birds, waterfowl, birds of prey (raptors), song birds, forest birds and game birds. The following is a list of the names of birds that can be observed in the Queen Charlotte Islands: sandhill crane, trumpeter swan, loon, grebe, fulmar, petrel, cormorant, heron, swan, goose, brant, wood duck, teal, mallard, pintail, gadwal, widgeon, scaup, eider, harlequin, oldsquaw, scoter, goldeneye, bufflehead, merganser, osprey, eagle, harrier, hawk, goshawk, kestrel, merlin, peregrine falcon, gyrfalcon, grouse, ptarmigan, plover, killdeer, oystercatcher, yellowlegs, sandpiper, tattler, sandpiper, godwit, turnstone, surfbird, sanderling, dunlin, dowitcher, snipe, phalarope, gull, kittiwake, tern, murre, pigeon guillemot, murrulet, auklet, puffin, owl, night hawk, swift, hummingbird, kingfisher, red breasted sapsucker, woodpecker, flicker, flycatcher, horned lark, swallow, gray jay, steller’s jay, magpie, crow, raven, chickadee, nutbatch, creeper, tanager, wren, dipper, kinglet, thrush, robin, waxwing, shrike, starling, vireo, warbler, tanager, sparrow, junco, lapland longspur, snow bunting, blackbird, cowbird, finch, grosbeak, crossbill, redpoll, siskin, meadowlark, yellowthroat and northern...