Galapagos: high mortality of birds blaimed on motor traffic

June 20, 2011 § Leave a comment

From DPA La Tecera

Thousands of protected birds of the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador, are dying beaten and run over by vehicles traveling on Santa Cruz Island, the most populated of the archipelago as denounced by a local television station.

Finches, doves and other birds endemic to the island die daily in the 90 KM toad connecting the airport with the town of Puerto Ayora on Santa Cruz, which has 17,000 inhabitants.  A major tourist destination, Santa Cruz and Galapagos are a UNESCO world heritage site for its natural heritage and a biosphere reserve.

The images on television showed hundreds of birds collected by the farmer Luis Moreno Barragan who displays them in a wooden hut to the attention of fast drivers “that have no environmental awareness” as show.

The species that has the greatest impact on the situation is the “Canary Mary” a small yellow bird that has no fear of approaching vehicles in motion.

The impact of mortality on the ecological system in the area still is not under investigation, but work has begun on campaigns and speed control so that vehicles do not travel over 40 miles per hour.

The Galapagos Islands are located 900 km from the Ecuadorian coast and is famous for its endemic species that led Charles Darwin to justify his “Theory of Evolution”.

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