Easter special: eggs, events, education and more…

As the Easter weekend approaches we thought we would give you a quick overview of what we’ve been up to in the last month and what’s coming up…

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The most important eggs this Easter…

With less than 100 remaining, the mangrove finch is the most critically endangered bird in Galapagos, but a new ‘head-starting’ conservation project may save them from extinction before it’s too late. Sixteen mangrove finch eggs were successfully reared at the Charles Darwin Research Station earlier this year and the hatchlings are currently being released back into the mangroves.

But conservation work like this is expensive and as funding for the project is running out we are asking for your help this Easter. In the UK alone we spend around £500 million on chocolate eggs for the coming weekend. Less than 0.05% of this could fund the Mangrove Finch Project for a full year. By donating to our Mangrove Finch Appeal you will be directly contributing to saving this species.

There hasn’t been a bird extinction in Galapagos since before Darwin’s time and we have a chance to keep it that way. Visit our Mangrove finch webpage to learn more about the project.

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An exclusive event this summer…

After our highly successful sell-out event last year with David Attenborough we are pleased to announce another exclusive event this summer. Famous CEO, author and whistleblower, Michael Woodford, will join us at one of London’s premiere private residences, Bridgewater House, for an entertaining evening on 10 June. This black-tie fundraising event will include a drinks reception and dinner in the Great Hall of this Victorian mansion; a captivating speech by Michael Woodford who will share his insights on the Olympus scandal; and an auction led by the Honourable Simon Carr. 

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Become a part of Galapagos history…

Those who have visited Galapagos will know that the sign outside the Charles Darwin Research Station is a popular spot to have your photograph taken. In recognition of the 50th anniversary of the research station, the Charles Darwin Foundation and the Friends of Galapagos Organisations are asking you to send in your photos beside the sign to contribute to a giant montage that will go on display at the new visitor centre. It is a great opportunity for you to become a part of Galapagos history! 

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2014 Galapagos Photography Competition…

In the 14 years that we have been running our Galapagos photography competition we have had some stunning shots sent in by our supporters. Every year we our surprised and impressed by the diversity and quality of the images sent in and we expect this year to be no different. 

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Join us as we cruise around Galapagos…

Following a wonderful cruise last year we are now taking bookings for our 2014 and 2015 supporter cruises. On our 2014 cruise you will visit the western islands in the Archipelago and be accompanied by special guest speaker and marine biologist Professor Nicholas Owens who will give a series of lectures on-board the beautiful Majestic yacht. The 2015 cruise will follow a different itinerary, this time around the eastern islands. Joining you on this cruise will be Kelvin Boot, natural history writer and broadcaster for the BBC. 

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Enhancing education in Galapagos…

Discovering Galapagos is GCT’s new educational programme. Written in partnership with the Royal Geographical Society, it aims to deliver conservation themed, curriculum linked resources for an audience in the UK and Ecuador (including Galapagos). We are currently testing material in Ecuadorian schools (GCT’s CEO Ian Dunn is pictured here in Quito) and our friends at The Book Bus are in the highlands of Santa Cruz, Galapagos over the next two weeks testing out sessions with students aged 4-7 years old on adaptation, colonisation and, of course, giant tortoises!

We are on the lookout for people with educational links to be a part of this project – please click here to sign up for updates on the project and to watch our introductory animation.

And finally…

Have a good Easter!

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