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Geovanna Morales, an artist and entrepreneur, is dedicated to protecting the Vermilion Flycatcher through her art and passion for nature.

Artistic Initiative Inspires Conservation of Darwin’s Flycatcher

The Galapagos Islands are home to Darwin’s Flycatcher, Pyrocephalus nanus. It is known for the spectacular coloration of its vermillion feathers. The first time this bird was documented in 1835, during Charles Darwin’s voyage to Galapagos, is still a sighting that many visitors enjoy.

Geovanna Morales is a Santa Cruz Island artist and recipient of grants from Galapagos Conservancy. She uses a creative and innovative way to encourage the next generation to take care of this species. It has been classified as Vulnerable due to threats posed by invasive plants.

Geovanna’s art-nature project connects younger generations to the beauty of Darwin’s Flycatcher. She uses outdoor activities, field trips and public exhibitions to promote a love for and respect for the species.

The Vermilion Flycatcher (Pyrocephalus nanus), an endemic species of the Galápagos islands, captured in its natural habitat.
©Galápagos Conservancy

Drawing and painting are powerful instruments for this entrepreneur, which transcend linguistic and cultural barriers, and allow the conservation message of the Galapagos to be spread throughout the community. She ensures that no child on Galapagos will be excluded from an exploration of Darwin’s Flycatcher and educational experiences.

Galapagos Conservancy supports citizen initiatives that are led by women entrepreneurs like Geovanna. They reflect the love and pride that Galapagos residents have for the archipelago they are fortunate to call home. Their actions also contribute to the conservation of its unique ecosystems, biodiversity and ecology.

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Geovanna Morales teaches a young student to paint, combining art with environmental education to inspire new generations in the Galápagos.
©Galápagos Conservancy