6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Southern Institute of Technology,
133 Tay Street,
Join us at Hansen Hall on the 19th of June at 6pm for the Public Talk by : Francesca Cunninghame
Project leader of the Mangrove Finch Project at the Charles Darwin Foundation (Galapagos Islands).
Conservation management of the Critically Endangered mangrove finch of the Galapagos Islands
Francesca will speak about her work with the Critically Endangered mangrove finch (Camarhynchus heliobates), which has an estimated population of 100 individuals containing fewer than 20 breeding pairs.
Historically distributed through mangrove habitat on two of the Galapagos islands, extensive surveys over the past 20 years have confirmed a current range of just 30ha of mangrove forest, making them one of the most range restricted birds globally. Mangrove finches have been the focus of intensive conservation research and management since 2006. Several techniques have been used in an attempt to halt the species decline with the results used to inform future conservation. The goal to conserve mangrove finches in the wild remains forefront, however the best way to achieve this is yet to be determined. Results of the past 10 years are presented as we continue to work towards ensuring the future conservation of the rarest of Darwin’s finches.
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