Instructor Smith The Galapagos Islands: Our best opportunity to learn about life, and how it began.
I. Describe the diversity of life forms found in the area.
A. Reptiles – accidental relocation
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3. Marine Iguanas
B. Mammals – accidental relocation as well as brought by humans
1. (Goats, Pigs, Dogs, Donkeys, Cows) C. Birds – flew from other locations 1. 58 species of birds in the Galapagos, 28 endemic
2. Blue-footed Boobys, Flamingos, Galapagos Penguin, Darwin’s Finches
3. Elegant Waved Albatross – rarest birds on Earth; only nests here
II. Describe the biological interrelationships among the life forms in the area. A. Island of Fernandina; only island on Earth not afflicted with invasive species B. Symbiotic C. Evolution
III. The human intrusions threatening the area. A. Destroying wildlife habitat – Introducing new animals B. Population growth – Government subsidies – C. Pollution – trash
IV. The protections that exist to safeguard and preserve the area.
A. Regulations – restrict work on and migration to the Galapagos Islands
B. Conservatory – Conservation efforts (educational programs)
C. Exclusion of commercial fishing V. The efforts that have been made to further this preservation.
A. Political Activism
B. Galapagos – competing – New Seven Wonder of Nature
C. Eradication of introduced species
VI. What an individual can do to help preserve the diversity of the area.
A. Boycott – Products made from Galapagos animals
B. Conservation Projects
2. Tourism revenue – $180 million annually
C. Local Government –
Spread knowledge – Follow rules when visiting Conclusion
The Galapagos Islands are an important link to our past. Without the likes of which, there would be no theory of evolution. When Charles Darwin visited the Island, he found a vast number of endemic species. The land was relatively untouched by Human Beings, and the wildlife offered exceptional opportunities to learn about how species adapt and evolve. Today we face the danger of losing this vital link to our past. Even if we ignore the scientific significance of the Galapagos, how can we afford to let what may be one of the greatest natural Wonders of the World deteriorate into shambles?
The migration of people, along with the animals and plant life that we have introduced, has had a devastating effect on the native flora and fauna. Today we are faced with a challenge; Our responsibility as stewards of this spectacular planet is to save this unique ecoregion! Will we rise to the occasion or will our Children be left with only memories, books and pictures? The time to act is now.
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