Carle's work on Año Nuevo Island featured
“Take a handful of these, we’re gonna make a little path,” Ryan shouts over the wind, handing me some boards.
Ryan Carle manages the restoration project with Jessie (Beck). We’re deep in bird territory, so he’s building a path winding through fragile nests and scouting for vulnerable chicks. Western gulls nest on the ground above rhinoceros auklet burrows. They’re literally on top of each other and they don’t get along. Gulls sometimes eat auklets.
“This one right here is the mean one,” he cautions, pointing at one of the dozens of gulls wheeling above us. I don’t know which one he means until it whacks me in the head with a wing, then circles back to peck me in the back of the head.