Genovesa Island

Jun 22, 2019 - National Geographic Islander


This morning we awoke in the northeastern region of the Galapagos and sailed into the flooded caldera of Genovesa Island. Genovesa is home to the largest colony of red-footed boobies and frigate birds. We spent time in Darwin Bay, a white coralline beach, among nesting seabirds, curious Galapagos mockingbirds, and finches. The island has developed a reputation as “Bird Island” due to the prolific and diverse bird species that nest here.

For our last activity of the expedition, we went on a hike to obtain better views of the surrounding area. What we saw was an interesting combination of barren landscapes brought to life by thousands of birds nesting on dead-looking bushes. We spotted the famous short-eared owl, which has become a diurnal hunter due to the lack of other predators on the island, such as like the Galapagos hawk.

It has been a magical week full of memories and conservations. Our guests are leaving the Galapagos tomorrow, but the Galapagos will never leave them!

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About the Author

Gianna Haro

Naturalist

Most of Gianna´s memories seem to be dreams, made on flawless white sandy beaches with black lava rock contours and gorgeous turquoise ocean waters. Most of it happened while barefoot, in an enchanting place that some people regard as an ideal natural laboratory, the Galápagos Islands. For her it was home. Gianna grew up going to the beach nearly every day, snorkeling in crystal clear waters, playing with wild flowers, having sea lions steal her ice cream, observing marine iguanas, and identifying invertebrates. The latter was by no means technically accurate—she dubbed each new discovery with its own made-up scientific name. At some point during those early years, being an observer became an innate ability and she knew she wanted to be a biologist. 

About the Videographer

Joshua Vela

Video Chronicler

Joshua is our first Video Chronicler from the Galápagos Islands! He grew up on the island of Santa Cruz where he developed a strong connection with the natural world that surrounded him, and where he learned the importance of conservation.

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