Witness Ecuador’s stunning volcanic archipelago with its extraordinary plants and remarkably tame animals — a naturalist’s and photographer’s dream. Discover the geology, geography, history, botany, ichthyology, entomology, evolution, and natural history of the Islands with expert naturalists. And naturally, our journeys are designed to leave a light footprint and support local conservation efforts.
Journey to the GalapagosNovember 5 - 12, 2017, w/Ecuador extensions
Journey to the GalapagosFebruary 25 - March 4, 2018
Giant Tortoise Restoration
Researchers and collaborators of the nonprofit Galapagos Conservancy’s Giant Tortoise Restoration Initiative work to restore populations of tortoise through habitat management, breeding, and re-population efforts.
Mangrove Finch Efforts
45 native species of birds are found only in the Galapagos and eight of the Galapagos land bird species are listed as Vulnerable or higher on the IUCN Red List. Isabela Island is home to the entire population of Mangrove Finch, the most threatened species in the Galapagos, where its primary threat is the invasive avian nest parasite Philornis downsi. A captive rearing program is attempting to counter the impacts of this invasive fly.
The Charles Darwin Foundation
The Charles Darwin Foundation for the Galapagos Islands has operated since 1959 under agreement with the Ecuadorean government to provide scientific knowledge and conservation assistance. Currently the foundation focuses their research in three areas: Invasive Species, Sustainability, and Conservation Management, including land bird conservation.