Kyle was born and raised in the mountains of North Carolina and now lives, year-round, in the mountains of Alaska. As a child he became enamored with birds and other animals that he discovered while camping or hiking with his family. He attended the University of North Carolina and spent time between semesters volunteering with AmeriCorps leading trail building projects in National Parks. Kyle has also spent many summers as a river guide in Tennessee, Georgia, Wyoming and Alaska. Becoming proficient at navigating white water and scenic rivers, with certifications in Swift water rescue, Wilderness First Responder, and Orienteering. He has also completed three separate rafting trips down the Grand Canyon, totaling 840 miles of river.
Once Kyle moved to Seward, Alaska, he found a true passion for sharing the wonders of the natural world with people visiting the state. He works as a boat captain, leading guided tours into Kenai Fjords National Parks to find marine wildlife, tidewater glaciers, as well as rare birds! He has spent many years in the Expedition cruise industry with Lindblad, exploring Alaska, Costa Rica, Panama, and Mexico and is eager to explore new areas. When he isn’t exploring aboard, he spends his spare time backpacking, white water kayaking, hiking glaciers, birding and cooking. He is excited join the ship to share his knowledge of Alaskan wildlife, glaciers, and history.