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When we think of Asian carp invading the Mississippi River or pythons taking over parts of the Everglades, we think of how invasive species can decimate an ecosystem. However, invasive species can sometimes have a positive impact.
While not exactly in the Bambi league when it comes to cute, wild baby giant tortoises are a rare and exciting find. So, when scientists working in the Galapagos on the second Pinzón Island Giant Tortoise Survey found the first young Pinzón tortoises on the island for the first time in 100 years they were delighted. The find represents a major success story for conservation on the Galapagos Islands.
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Tortoises living on the Galapagos island of Española have made a dramatic recovery after their population had reached a low point of just 15 individuals.
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When University of Utah biologists set out cotton balls treated with a mild pesticide, wild finches in the Galapagos Islands used the cotton to help build their nests, killing parasitic fly maggots to protect baby birds. The researchers say the self-fumigation method may help endangered birds and even some mammals.
The Magnificent Frigatebird (Fregata magnificens) was occasionally previously known as Man O’War or man of War, a reflection of its rakish lines, aerial piracy of other birds, and speed. It’s widespread in the tropical Atlantic, breeding colonially in the trees in Florida, the Caribbean and the Cape Verde Islands. In addition, it breeds along the Pacific coast of the Americas from Mexico to Ecuador including the Galapagos Islands, as well. It is known as a vagrant as far from its...
The Galapagos Shearwater (Puffinus subalaris) is a petite shearwater. Until recently, it was considered to be a subspecies of Audubon’s Shearwater, but it is actually one of two members of a very ancient lineage of the small Puffinus species, the other being, as indicated by mtDNA cytochrome b sequence data, the Christmas Shearwater. It’s an endemic breeder of the Galapagos Islands, and is largely sedentary, although individuals are frequently seen as far as the Oaxacan coast of Mexico....
The Great Frigate bird (fregata minor) is a big dispersive seabird in the frigatebird family. Their major nesting populations are found in the Pacific, including the Galapagos Islands and the Indian Oceans, plus a population in the South Atlantic. This bird is a lightly built large seabird up to 105 cm in length with feathers that are mostly black. This species shows sexual dimorphism; the female bird is bigger than the adult male with a white throat and breast, and the male’s scapular...
Elliot’s Storm Petrel is a species of seabird in the family of storm petrels called Hydrobatidae. It may also be known as the White-vented Storm-petrel. The only two subspecies are; O. g. gracilis which is found in the Humboltd Current off of Peru and Chile, and O. g. galapagoensis which is found in the waters near Galapagos Islands. Its coloring is sooty-black with a white rump. Its legs are long and extend beyond the body when in flight. The tail is square ended and black except for a...
This large, long-winged seabird is found in the five islands of the Galapagos Archipelago. The local people of the islands often call them “patabegada”. This species was once known as The Dark-Rumped Petrel, although recent changes have eliminated that name from current use. This bird is an endemic marine bird and usually nests in highlands with high humidity. In the past, the petrel population was severely affected by introduced mammals that depredated and altered the nesting...
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