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STUDY | NEW PHILORNIS DOWNSI FINDINGS

A new paper co-authored by CDF scientists confirms that Philornis downsi – the invasive, parasitic fly threatening the existence of Galapagos landbirds – occurs naturally on mainland Ecuador. These new findings could explain the fly's invasion in the archipelago. Click below to read the complete publication.
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RETURN JOURNEY FOR MANGROVE FINCHES

Last week our field team returned to Isabela Island with eight captive-reared Mangrove Finches. For the next 5 weeks our experts will meticulously prepare the birds for their release into the wild. Once again we are giving this Critically Endangered Darwin Finch a vital population boost.
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VIDEO | “NUMERO UNO” ON FILM!

We received lots of positive feedback about the incredible story of “Numero Uno” – this season’s first captive-reared mangrove finch, found infested by Philornis downsi larvae at birth. Check out this fabulous one minute film for a glimpse into the amazing survival story of the gorgeous chick with the wonky beak. 
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GALAPAGOS SYMPOSIUM

From June 14, a Galapagos symposium entitled Science, Conservation, and History in the 180 Years Since Darwin will be held in San Francisco. Organized by CDF member Matthew James, the three-day event will involve a world class guest list of Galapagos experts, scholars and speakers - including CDF researchers and members. Check out the event´s Facebook group page below for more details.
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Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz Island
Galapagos, Ecuador
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