A Little Island Where Birds and Hearts Soar
Fogo Island Inn staff are all aflutter: We just confirmed that one of the world’s leading birding experts William A. Montevecchi, Ph.D, from Memorial University, St John’s, will be making a flying visit to share his expertise for our very special Valentine’s itinerary, Love (the) Birds Weekend. You can get to know William—call him Bill—and some of the 350+ species of birds on and around Fogo Island from Friday 12 February to Sunday 14 February 2016. On the Friday, guests will whet their appetites for the weekend ahead, by joining Bill in our intimate 35-seat movie theatre for a screening of People of the Sea. It’s a compelling film about the cod fishery’s dramatic past, with visually stunning bird, berg and whale imagery. Our expert-in-residence will then tie into the screening with an evening lecture on the fascinating seabirds that wing their way in winter to the rocky shores of Fogo Island. Time to dress up warm on Saturday—Bill will be taking guests out onto the trails, barrens, headlands and wharfs to spot dovekies, tickleaces, glaucous gulls, murres and turres—or any of the other winged species within binocular range of the island.
There will be a hot-chocolate stop later at the Great Auk Exhibition in Seldom-Come-By, where guests can learn about the now-extinct giant flightless bird once common in these parts. Weather permitting, the group will also make a pilgrimage along one of Fogo Island’s wildly beautiful hiking trails, to pay homage to the remarkable 2-metre-tall bronze sculpture of the Great Auk. The public art piece was created by Todd McGrain as part of the international Lost Bird Project, which celebrates and mourns extinct species in their final roosting places. After supper, Bill will speak to the incredible bonds between monogamous seabirds in a fitting lecture for Valentine’s: “What’s Love Got to Do With It?” Be prepared to take a pointer or two on keeping the magic alive. Apparently, the gulls have it all figured out!
The full-board Love (the) Birds Weekend two-nights-minimum itinerary begins at $1,375 per night, exclusive of taxes, and is based on two persons sharing. Solo travellers deduct $200 from the base rate. Family suites are available, should you like to bring your fledglings. The package includes: all meals, a wine-chocolate-and-cheese pairing, a guided bird watching outing, and (weather permitting) skating, snow-shoeing, caribou tracking or cross-country skiing.