This blog is a collaborative effort of GC staff, colleagues, scientists, supporters, and friends. This space will be used to share amazing stories about all things Galapagos and our efforts to conserve these treasured islands.

Galapagos and Beyond: January 2015 Roundup

 

Watch: Undoing the Damage to the Galapagos

 

This 6-minute video produced by MSNBC explores the impacts of human activity in the Galapagos Islands and ongoing efforts to minimize these impacts. Watch Dr. Linda Cayot, GC's Science Advisor, and personnel from the Galapagos National Park and the Charles Darwin Foundation discuss efforts to restore native ecosystems. The video also investigates the impact of introduced species (of which there are 1,300!), and how to manage a growing tourism industry and increasing human population in Galapagos. Watch it now

 

Cargo Ship Runs Aground in the Galapagos Marine Reserve

 

The past eight months have been hazardous for freighters traveling from the Ecuadorian mainland to Galapagos. On January 26, the M/N Floreana ran aground in the aptly-named "Wreck Bay" off the coast of San Cristóbal Island — the third ship to run aground here since May of 2014. Emergency measures are being taken to ensure safe removal of the ship's cargo and control any fuel spillage, and technicians are beginning to monitor the surrounding ecosystem. Last May, the Galapaface I cargo ship became stranded in the same bay for more than a month. Thankfully, the environmental damage was negligible; we are still awaiting reports from authorities on the status of the M/N Floreana.

 

See Galapagos Through a Geology Lens

 

For geologists, the Galapagos Islands are one of the most interesting sites in the world due to their dynamic volcanic nature. From May 27 - June 4 of this year, Brevard College Professor of Geology Dr. Jim Reynolds will lead a Galapagos cruise highlighting the geological processes that formed the Islands. The excursion will include hiking, snorkeling, surface-diving and more to see the many incredible animal species and varying ecosystems. Dr. Reynolds is a member of the Galapagos Conservancy Board of Directors and has led trips to Iceland, Greece, Egypt, and throughout much of Latin America. Read a detailed description of the Galapagos cruise, and visit their Facebook page to stay updated.

 

Limited-Edition Galapagos T-Shirt by Free World United

 

Last November, we partnered with cause-based t-shirt company Free World United to raise funds for Galapagos conservation through the sale of unique t-shirts. The campaign was such a success — raising more than twice our original goal of $1,000 — that Free World United has offered to design a "limited edition" Galapagos t-shirt several times a year to complement their selection of Galapagos tees. The first limited design, "The Enchanted Islands," is pictured here. GC will receive $10 from the purchase of this or any other designs on our cause page. Shop the collection and support conservation with a unique t-shirt today.

 

A Musical Memorial to Lonesome George

 

Adam Cole of NPR's Skunk Bear — a science micro-blog — wrote and produced a musical tribute in honor of Lonesome George, which features footage of Lonesome George while he was on exhibit at the American Museum of Natural History. Our words can't do it justice…watch and listen for yourself!

 

Expedition to Wolf Volcano to Search for Tortoises

Home of the hybrid tortoises with lineages from Pinta and Floreana Islands  By Wacho Tapia, Director of the Giant Tortoise Restoration Initiative (GTRI) Wolf is the highest volcano in the Galapagos Archipelago, and one of the most challenging for field …

Retortoising Galapagos: An Action Plan for 2015

This year, 2015, will see the Giant Tortoise Restoration Initiative in full swing, with collaborators from across the globe working with the Galapagos National Park to restore tortoise populations to islands where they are extinct in the wild. It may …

Galapagos 2014: Year in Review

It’s been a great year for conservation in Galapagos, from hand-rearing endangered mangrove finches to repatriating tortoises to their islands of origin. Here are ten of our favorite stories from 2014: 1. The Galapagos Tortoise Webcams Come to Life With …

Pinzón Island Giant Tortoise Population Survey: Part 2

  By guest author Dr. James Gibbs of the State University of New York’s College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY-ESF).   It’s our third day on Pinzón Island and we are huddled beneath a muyuyo tree taking a break …

Preparing for the Pinzón Island Giant Tortoise Population Survey

By guest author Dr. James Gibbs of the State University of New York’s College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY-ESF).   Wed Dec 3 2014 455 PM: Pre-trip log We have a few moments to relax after several days frantically preparing for …
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