Daily Archives: 07/11/2018

Scientists implement new strategy to save the Galápagos Mangrove Finch

11Jul

The mangrove finch that inhabits Isabela Island is an endangered species that is threatened by introduced invasive species such as rats, cats and, especially, the parasitic fly Philornis Downsi, which attacks the finch chicks.

Thanks to the efforts from a group of scientists from the Charles Darwin Research Station and the San Diego Zoo (USA), the population of the Isabela Mangrove finch has increased its population by at least 50% over the last 4 years. The effort included collecting eggs from the nests and incubation in captivity. They then fed the chicks and then released 39 chicks into their natural habitat.

The new plan involves injecting permethrin (chrysanthemum-based insecticide) into the base of finch nests to kill parasitic fly larvae and reduce chick mortality. This component was already used with the nests of Darwin’s gray singing finch on Santa Cruz Island, obtaining favorable results. The aim is to reduce human intervention and for the mangrove finches to incubate and raise their own chicks, said Francesca Cunninghame, who since 2009 manages the Mangrove Finch Project.

This type of bird is the rarest of the thirteen finch varieties investigated by Darwin in the Galápagos in 1837. His study of the finches helped him elaborate his theory on natural selection and evolution of the species.

At Casa Natura Galapagos Lodge, we like sharing the news of all the conservation projects that take place in the Galapagos Islands. It is very important for us to raise awareness among our guests about all the efforts that are made in order to maintain biodiversity and balance in this natural paradise. If you are looking for a Galapagos hotel that connects you directly with nature, Casa Natura Galápagos Lodge is the place for you! Write us to ecolodge@casanaturahotel.com and book your stay and tours in the best Galapagos hotel!

Four new agreements were signed to strengthen the protection of the Galapagos National Park

11Jul

On July 5, 2018, the Ministry of Environment of Ecuador announced the signing of four agreements between various institutions, in order to guarantee the conservation of the Galapagos National Park. The good news comes just as part of the celebration of the 59th anniversary of its creation as a National Park.
Jorge Carrión, Director of the Galapagos National Park, and Carlos Ortega, technical secretary of the Governing Council of Galápagos, signed an agreement that allows the use of 2.5 hectares of land for the installation of a decommissioning yard for Santa Cruz island.

In addition, the Charles Darwin Foundation signed, together with the Ministry of Environment, a document that guarantees inter-institutional cooperation in different areas for a period of five years.

On the other hand, the marine transport company “Islas Galápagos Turismo y Vapores” will carry out activities to control and eradicate introduced species, protect native and endemic species; and reforest 20 hectares of trees.

The latest agreement, signed with Ecology Project International, will make it easier for local and international students to support environmental education and conservation activities.

Casa Natura Galápagos Lodge, as a Galapagos Hotel, is pleased to share this news with all its guests, and reaffirms its support for all activities that contribute to the conservation of species and natural areas on the islands. If you are thinking of visiting this magical archipelago soon, we can help you plan your trip! Just write us at ecolodge@casanaturahotel.com and ask about our diving and land tour programs in Santa Cruz Island or our island hopping programs covering Isabela and San Cristobal islands. There are many activities that you can do from our hotel! We are waiting for you!