The last pigeons
Between September and November 2004 the rock pigeon eradication programme of Isabela Island succeeded in eliminating a total of 347 birds, with around 70 birds left. In 2005 we expect to remove the remaining population and thereby achieve the eradication of the rock pigeon in Galapagos. The programme involves an intensive communication campaign (radio spots, production of an informative leaflet, and house visits to pigeon owners). This task was carried out thanks to the collaboration of the local community and the hunters of the Galapagos National Park, who worked together with the staff of the community committee.
Source: Community Committee - Isabela. November 2004
Urban beautification with native and endemic plants.
In the urban-beautification project of the municipality of Isabela, a variety of native and endemic plants are being used, avoiding the use of ornamental invasive plants.
The municipality manages a tree nursery with the help of the Galapagos National Park, and with funding from the Spanish Agency for International Cooperation. Just in 2004, more than 10,000 plants of more than 12 species have been produced.
Source: Galapagos National Park - Isabela. November 2004
Children also learn about introduced species
There are three ecological clubs in the environmental education centre (EEC) of Isabela Island, where children learn about the problems caused by introduced species and at the same time develop skills and abilities appropriate to their age. From April to August 2004 the introduced species campaign was developed with all three clubs: Piqueritos, Iguana kids and Friends of the Tortoise, in which handicrafts, puppets, games and stories were made, there were field visits and also talks together with the parents and families of the children.
On 11th September 2004 the campaign was formally closed with an open house displaying the children's work, and the list of permitted and prohibited products of the quarantine service (SICGAL), as well as a dramatization of the problems caused by goats, frogs, street dogs and pigs. The more than 100 participants were very pleased with the event and each of them took home a copy of the product list, presented by the children and the quarantine inspectors.
Source: Charles Darwin Foundation - Isabela. November 2004