April Meeting: Trip to the Galapagos

02 May 2013

Win Parkes opened the April meeting with a welcome to new members & visitors before giving the relevant notices.

John Talbot then introduced the speaker, Jono More, who through the World Wild Life Organisation had spent five months on the Galapagos Islands helping with conservation work.

The Charles Darwin Foundation & a Galapagos National Park organisation are responsible for carrying out this work.

The islands are volcanic, some very old, but others of more recent origin. This explains the very rough land surfaces on the islands and the harsh environment, one which is largely inhabited by iguana lizard species, bird life & unusual plant life, the latter mostly cacti which are quite distinctive.

The islands are close to the equator but are kept cooler by the cold Humboldt Current. Jono's work included poison laying for rat control, doing a survey of the blue footed booby bird, the capturing of hawks for scientific records and monitoring both iguana and lava lizards.

He found all this very rewarding work which he hopes to do again. He also visited Santa Cruz Island, the only inhabited one in the Galapagos Group.

Giant tortoises are reared there and later released. This provides work for the local people. Mr More's talk was illustrated with his superb photographs of the fascinating Galapagos wildlife & was much admired by F & B members.