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Conserving the Galápagos Petrel: A Plan for Survival

A petrel tends to its nest, displaying the characteristic paternal care of these endemic birds in their natural environment.

The Galapagos Petrel is one of the six seabirds that are unique to Galapagos. The Galapagos Petrel spends most of its time at the sea, searching for small fish and invertebrates. It returns to land, however, to nest in burrows that it digs into the sides of the volcanoes. It is fascinating to watch their […]

Artistic Initiative Inspires Conservation of Darwin’s Flycatcher

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

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 […]

The 2024 Galápagos Pinnipeds Research and Monitoring Expedition

Scientist Marjorie Riofrío conducts pinniped monitoring on Cabo Hammond, Fernandina Island. A lava cactus stands prominently beside her, while in the background, a fur seal emits its characteristic vocalization.

Galapagos Conservation has a commitment to conservation of Galapagos species and ecosystems. We support projects which produce valuable scientific data to assist managers in making informed decisions. We support research and conservation efforts for the pinnipeds on Galapagos. Pinnipeds are fur seals and marine lions. Researchers Drs. Diego Paez from Universidad San Francisco de Quito […]

The Conservation Expeditions that Defined Iniciativa Galápagos in 2023

Capture moment of a pink iguana for morphological data collection during ecological monitoring at Wolf Volcano.

The Galapagos Conservancy team successfully conducted 14 conservation expeditions on six different islands last year as part of the Iniciativa Galapagos Program, a collaborative effort with Galapagos National Park Directorate. The team visited the serene beaches in Santa Cruz, the interior of Espanola Island and the interior of Fernandina Island. They also explored the clear […]

Lava from La Cumbre Volcano Eruption has Reached the Sea

After 35 days of eruptive activity, the lava flow from La Cumbre volcano has finally reached the ocean.

Nature has once again captured our attention! La Cumbre’s eruption on Fernandina island has produced a spectacular and breathtaking sight. After 35 continuous days of activity, the lava flow has finally reached the sea, covering over 6 miles. Since the 2nd of March, Galapagos National Park Rangers stationed in Canal Bolivar, northwest Isabela have used […]

Unraveling the Mysteries of Galápagos Bats

Galápagos bat resting on a branch. Its nocturnal activity and density are influenced by the seasonal availability of insects, its main food source, and vary according to habitat.

Galapagos’ unique biodiversity is still waiting to be explored, especially in the fascinating nocturnal ecosystems of many islands. There are still many questions about two bat species: the gray bat and the red bat. Are these Galapagos populations of these bats really distinct? Do they fly from one island to another? We don’t even know […]