Cold winds sweep over Carmel River State Beach. Pelicans and sea gulls enjoying the absence of humans, flock to surf’s edge. Almost unseen in all of this are tiny birds burrowing in the sand–the endangered snow plover. Researchers claim there are only about 2,500 snowy plovers along the Pacific Coast. Therefore, it was refreshing to see them at the beach this week, about 30 feet from scores of pelicans and sea gulls.