Floreana Island, Galápagos, Ecuador

Jan 01, 2018 - National Geographic Endeavour II

We woke up this first day of 2018 anchored at Punta Cormorant in the northern side of Floreana Island and went for a short expedition before breakfast. The trail was easy and allowed us to see a Flamingoes Lagoon and a white sandy beach where there was evidence of turtles nesting.

After breakfast, we went in a zodiac to look for the elusive Charles mockingbird, which is extinct in the main island.

In the afternoon, we visited Post Office Bay where we left our postcards without postage as tradition prescribes. We also kayaked; paddle boarded and snorkeled from the beach. It was a great day to start the year in our natural laboratory of evolution.

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Fabian Bucheli


Fabian Bucheli studied at the German School in Quito, graduated from the University of California with a bachelor of science in administration, and earned a master’s degree in international management from Thunderbird School of Global Management in Arizona. He has studied in Germany, France, Belgium, and Austria and is fluent in German, French, English, and Spanish. He has always been in love with nature and conservation. Explaining abstract concepts became second nature as a teaching assistant in biodiversity and evolution (University of Nevada, Las Vegas) while working towards a PhD in environmental risk management.

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