Monday, April 14, 2014

Caracoles Terrestres de la Isla San Cristobal

As is well known, there is an incredible amount of biodiversity present in and around the Galapagos Islands; however, due to the introduction of invasive species, endemic biodiversity has declined immensely. Here on San Cristobal, one of the goals of Hacienda Tranquila is to control invasive species and support endemic species. Volunteers at Hacienda Tranquila have been working hard to do just this in the highlands of San Cristobal, specifically on the plot of land where Hacienda Tranquila is located. It is suffice to say that quite a bit of progress has been made.

Proof of this progress comes in many forms, but one of the most rewarding is when endemic fauna reintroduces itself into the endemic flora. One way that this is occurring is with land snails (caracoles terrestres). Since the volunteers at Hacienda Tranquila have been working to reduce and control invasive species and reintroduce and support endemic species, there has been a large increase of the amount and diversity of land snails that have reappeared on the Hacienda Tranquila property.

A study was conducted to chart this progress and found that six different species of land snails have reintroduced themselves into the now largely endemic environment surrounding Hacienda Tranquila since their volunteers have begun their work. This goes to show just how successful Hacienda Tranquila and its volunteers have been thus far in reaching their goal to revive the native natural environment. A BIG thank you to all of the volunteers who have helped in this endeavor!

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