How big do you think this Galapagos tortoise is? This giant tortoise has a GPS tag in the back of its carapace, which is actually as big as a granola box. This tag collects a GPS location fix every hour and saves it for months, allowing researchers to have a more detailed understanding about their movement ecology. EPI collaborates with the Charles Darwin Foundation and the Galapagos National Park, helping to monitor tortoises in the field, analyze their diet and the important role as seed dispersers that they have in their ecosystem. Taking young people to become an actual part of real science is one of the most empowering ways to teach about conservation.
The Galapagos Carpenter Bee is the only bee in Galapagos and one of the archipelago’s most important pollinators. As its name suggests (and like Carpenter Bees elsewhere in the world), the females bore holes in dead wood into which they deposit eggs. Unusual for bees, this species is solitary, with the females feeding larvae with nectar until they pupate. In this photo, a female (black and more common than the yellow-brown males) is foraging on Scalesia helleri flower.