The Surfer’s Journal meets Island Conservation

Experience Island Conservation’s work from Island Restoration Specialist and surfer Rory Stansbury’s perspective

A Mischief of Rats
Cleaning up with Island Conservation
 
By Matt Skenazy
 
It’s 4:00 a.m. and the wind is trying to rip Rory Stansbury’s tent off the earth. The rain is coming down in icy sheets, and though it’s summer on Rat Island, when you’re this far north in the Bering Sea, it’s plenty cold. Stansbury and the rest of the Restoration Team flew from Anchorage, Alaska to Adak, a former military base in the Aleutian Islands, and then hopped on a boat for two days to get here.
 
Stansbury has spent time on islands all over the world, from stints as a boatman on Tavarua, to months alone in a tree house on G-Land surfing for days on end with no one in sight, to extensive stints on Robinson Crusoe Island off the coast of Chile. This, he says, feels the most remote.
 
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This article can be found in the current issue Volume 20 No.2. Order yours online here: http://www.surfersjournal.com/20-2

About Island Conservation

Island Conservation prevents extinctions by removing invasive species from islands. To date, we have successfully restored 64 islands worldwide, benefiting 1195 populations of 487 species and subspecies. Working together with local communities, government management agencies, and conservation organizations, we select islands that have the greatest potential for preventing the extinction of globally threatened species.

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