The breeding season at Año Nuevo Island is underway!
As I write, Rhinoceros Auklets and Cassin's Auklets are incubating their one egg of the season. Rhinoceros Auklets only lay one egg per year, choosing evolutionarily to put great effort into the survival of one chick a year and the longevity of adult birds. Cozy in its underground burrow, the chick avoids the many dangers of the above-ground world, such as predation and nasty weather.
Cassin's Auklets also…Continue
Last fall we built the "Habitat Ridge" on Año Nuevo Island, and the eucalyptus log structure is certainly living up to its name by providing protection for the island's new plants and the sensitive soil of auklet burrows.
It's been fun this spring, however, to observe how the Habitat Ridge is…Continue