Genovesa Island

Nov 10, 2017 - National Geographic Endeavour II

Today’s exploration, our last of the week, took place on a small island in the right-hand corner of the Galapagos Archipelago, Genovesa Island. This island is home to many species of birds, including the red-footed and Nazca boobies, frigate birds, storm petrels, short-eared owls and four species of finches, including the large ground finch, the sharp-beaked ground finch, the cactus finch and the warbler finch. Today we started the morning with an early kayak outing along the edges of Genovesa for some bird watching, followed by a beautiful hike on the island after going up 82 feet along Prince Phillip’s Steps. The beauty of this island as you get to the top of the stairs is overwhelming; Nazca and red-footed boobies welcome you just 6 feet apart. Along the trail, close encounters continued in this breathtaking landscaping. After some snorkeling to look for Moorish idols and some more kayaking and paddle boarding, we visited Darwin Bay where more sea birds welcomed us on the beautiful, white coral beach. A fantastic day to end a very special expedition, an expedition in the Galapagos Islands.

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Gianna Haro


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. 

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Mark Clement grew up in the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains in Upstate New York, where he developed a deep appreciation for wild places at a young age. Now living in the Green Mountains of Vermont, he has made a career out of capturing the beauty of wild places at home and around the world.

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