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Galapagueños are part of campaign to reduce bird mortality

The Ministry of Environment (MAE), through the Directorate of the Galapagos National Park (GNP), in coordination with other institutions and the community, raised concern on this issue.

About thirty people participated in the video, which is part of the prevention campaign to reduce mortality of birds in the Galapagos pathways. The speed of vehicles on the main roads of the province kills several species on Santa Cruz, Isabela and San Cristobal.

Dozens of birds are trampled, beaten and killed while trying to cross the tracks. In Santa Cruz, the bodies of the Yellow warbler (Dendroica petechia), finches (Camarhynchus parvulus), mockingbirds (Nesomimus parvulus) and others are found along the road from Puerto Ayora-Channel Itabaca. In San Cristobal, the problem is on the road to El Progreso and Isabela on the way to St. Thomas.

Children, youth, adults, journalists, artists and institutions Galapagos joined this initiative of the Directorate of the Galapagos National Park (GNP), to raise awareness among people about the problem, which only two days killed 400 birds, according to a route monitoring conducted in Puerto Ayora Itabaca Channel.

The aim of the campaign is to raise awareness to all drivers to handle with caution, and that passengers also remind drivers that if not abuse the speed can prevent the death of these species.

Students from schools that are part of the ecology club Mola Mola, Ecology Project International, collaborated with the rangers in monitoring and street cleaning. During the course of 40 miles, the group collected the bodies of birds in the middle of the road and in the ditches. Among individuals were also found remains of owls (Tyto alba), which showed that incidents occur at different times of day and morning. Monitoring, part of the campaign is conducted periodically.

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