Now, after having visited Galapagos in June, I can say with certainty that this expedition was way beyond my imagination. It was truly a life-changing experience. To experience a pristine natural world which has not been impacted by human activity was amazing. I had never seen a bird or an animal not afraid or wary of humans, but in Galapagos, the blue-footed boobies sat nonchalantly on their eggs barely 6 feet away from the visiting humans. This was an amazing experience to witness the fearlessness of animals. I saw many endemic species of animals like Blue-footed boobies, frigate birds, marine iguanas, and giant tortoises and of course, Darwin’s finches. Here are some pictures of each of these animals. I was fortunate to witness mating rituals of blue-footed boobies and frigate birds and the nesting sites of giant sea turtles. It is hard to imagine how big giant sea turtles and land tortoises are without actually seeing them.
In addition, we may expand this collaboration to some more of my fellow GTFs who also went to Galapagos. This will bring a cross section of educators and students from different grade levels, geographic locations and curricular areas together. We are in the infancy of this collaboration but I look forward to sharing more information with you as our collaboration unfolds. Stay tuned!
Here is to new friendships, new learning and some chemistry!