A migratory bird sanctuary with viewing platforms, shoreline access viewpoints, some short walking trails and a gravel road access to the sandy ocean beaches. The Delkatla bird sanctuary population changes seasonally with people and birds coming and going.
The region is a big attraction for bird watchers, photographers, painters and the curious. The bird sanctuary draws many to the west coast to view the 140 or so bird species who visit yearly. But, it was not until 1969 when the Masset Rod and Gun Club turn the land over to the village with conditions - it had to be a wildlife sanctuary and a recreational area.
Famous bird watchers (ornithologists) like Canon John Henry Keen (1890-1897) lived on Haida Gwaii. He documented the first sharp-tailed Sandpiper for Canada. And then there is Mr. Allen Brooks studying the spring shorebird migration in the early 1920s.
Seasons play a big part as birds are migratory. Spring, summer, fall and winter all bring different wildlife guests to the Delkatla Wildlife Sanctuary. Today, bird watchers, naturalists and all who enjoy and appreciate the outdoors can view birds like a Bald Eagle, Great Blue Heron, Mallard and Pintail Duck, Trumpeter Swan, Canada Goose, Sharp-shinned Hawk, Red Tailed Hawk, Peregrine Falcon, Green-winged Teal, Bufflehead, Common Merganser, Black Oystercatcher, Northern Saw-whet Owl, Belted Kingfisher, Red-breasted Sapsucker, Fox Sparrow, Song Sparrow and so many more.