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AFC Flag Expedition #10:
GALAPAGOS - Forty Days and Forty Nights- An Artists Sojourn
Expedition Artist: Kelly Dodge
Purpose: To study through sketching, notes, photography and collaboration with local scientific experts, the endemic and endangered flora and fauna of thirteen islands in the Galapagos archipelago.
Location: Galapagos Islands
Scheduled For: Sept 29, 2009
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The Jatun Sacha Foundation is an Ecuadorian, non-governmental, non-profit organization founded in 1989 dedicated to the conservation of tropical, aquatic and highland ecosystems, managing 8 biological stations in national and internationally recognized reserves in all 4 major regions of Ecuador. It's goals are:

  • to develop the technology to reconstruct native habitat in the highlands on San Cristobal, and to serve as a centre for similar projects in the highlands on other populated islands.
  • to conserve one of the last remnants of native highland vegetation.
  • dedicated to eradicate invasive species of plants.
  • implement a biological corridor going from 150 m.a.s.l to 550 m.a.s.l. to demonstrate the different native vegetation at different gradients of the islands.

Activities at the San Cristobal Biological Reserve include:

  • Reforestation with native and endemic species in the reserve and on local farms (collecting seeds, classifying seeds, nursery work, planting etc.)
  • Environmental education with local people and schools.
  • Station maintenance (maintain trails, sign elaboration, clean fresh water supply, kitchen etc.)
  • Organic agricultural activities and vegetable production.
  • Petrel observation, nest finding, clearing around the nests to facilitate the motherʼs entrance, behavioural observations.
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