Can rare tropical penguins survive in the Galapagos?

Posted by Daniela Vilema on May 16, 2017

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The Galapagos penguin (Spheniscus mendiculus) is an endemic species, but that fact didn't save it for being threatened in its environment. Their nests can be found on Isabela, Fernandina, Bartolome and Floreana Islands, but their habitat keeps getting smaller though time due to climate change and other threats.

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Telling Scientific Stories with National Geographic

Posted by Daniela Vilema on May 16, 2017

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We received a National Geographic team with the support of the Helmsley Charitable Trust (HCT). They organized a “ScienceTelling” bootcamp with workshops that included photography, video, blog writing, social media and public speaking. Scientists and communicators from the Charles Darwin Foundation (CDF) and other HCT grantees participated. Here we tell you about the activities of this exciting week!

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The difficult flight of birds in Galapagos

Posted by Daniela Vilema on May 15, 2017

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The last El Niño phenomenon left only 800 live Galapagos penguins. In 1982, the population of non-flying cormorants dropped to 400. Today a small fly attacks the nests of the finches. Find out what new threats affect birds in Galapagos and what is being done to control them.

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The fourth Mangrove Finch captive-rearing season begins

Posted by Daniela Vilema on Apr 04, 2017

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Our team of scientists and collaborators completed the fourth season of work with the mangrove finches. A ready laboratory and a successful field trip with collected nests where the beginning of the season that lasted until May of this year. In addition, the team had a big surprise in the field: sightings of finches reared in captivity in previous seasons that survived in their natural habitat!

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Remembering the Story of Lonesome George in the Galapagos Islands

Posted by Daniela Vilema on Feb 23, 2017

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Four years after his death, Lonesome George returns to the Galapagos Islands to be displayed at the “Fausto Llerena” Breeding Center on Santa Cruz Island. The emblematic giant tortoise lived for 40 years in the facilities of the Charles Darwin Research Station and despite the efforts made to find another member of its kind or to be able to reproduce George, his species is now considered extinct. Learn more about Lonesome George's story.

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