Galapagos Islands

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With many conservation methods occurring concerning the archipelago of the Live Oak Wildlife Removal, it is becoming easier for people to see and enjoy. This remote archipelago is home to a massive collection of famous wildlife known throughout the world.

Together with the theory of evolution through natural selection that Darwin developed, it is an integral scientific concept, and without conservation methods we could drop these creatures that are the reason we know a lot of what we do about how we evolved. The following are a couple of the islands’ more common inhabitants, resident on the island year round and always pleased to give a photo opportunity for visiting tourists.

Galapagos Fur Seal

This species of Fur Seal is the smallest and most terrestrial of all fur seals and lives on a diet of squid, fish and octopus, with predators that include Killer Whales and sharks. The Fur Seals can normally be found in shade on steep, rugged and rocky ground, spending only around 70% of their life in the water.

In reality, the Fur Seal is basically a sea lion species with the Galapagos one smaller than the relatives. The creatures are generally smaller in size using a wider and shorter head than Sea Lions and are a dark brown to light grey color.

Unfortunately, the early 1980s saw the event of El Nio and this reduced the amount of Galapagos fur seals greatly – there are currently around 40,000. 20 years in the average life span.

Finches

It seems that the finches have flown in from mainland South America and have colonised on the islands, whilst changing form. Interbreeding of the birds from various islands isn’t possible due to the distances and so the populations on the various islands are unique. They also have different diets, finches with big sturdy beaks tend to consume nuts and finches with thin sharp beaks tend to eat insects.

Lots of people think that these finches were collected by Darwin and were an essential part of how he developed the evolution theory which we all know. The species which took advantage of the available food sources lived and were most likely to reproduce and pass on their genes to further generations.

Kayaking

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Among the most popular forms of water based holidays is kayaking. A lot of people love to take part in kayaking as something fun to do on holiday and even as the focus on their vacation. Kayaking holidays come in a variety of ways whether it’s paddling down a secluded river or traveling to various destinations along the coast. It’s activity that will never bore you since there is always something new and exciting to do with a kayak. It can often be a peaceful and relaxing activity because it is possible to enjoy the tranquil waters, although there are some extreme and exciting holiday vacations now available that are an experience in a life time.

Sea kayaking has been around for quite a long time but you can now kayak with killer whales. Oviedo Wildlife Removal Johnstone Strait in British Columbia, Canada is just one of the many destinations that offer killer whale kayaking. It is great if you love sea kayaking but want an added extra or if you want to witness the whales in the wild. It’s an unbelievable experience to view the whales playing, they killer whales but they’re friendly. You may be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of some of them. Kayaking holidays within this environment is truly an amazing experience.

Another kayaking vacation with animals is in the jungle were you can find a rainforest adventure. Rather than whales and bears you may see crocodiles and monkeys. Kayaking holidays such as these are not simply about kayaking with crocodiles, there’s a lot more on offer. Meet with the natives and get involved with harvesting or learning about the local wildlife. Fully immerse yourself in this vacation for a fulfilled encounter. In both holidays there will be trained professionals to assist and guide you every step of the way, take a step outside your comfort zone and enjoy the experience of your life.

Monarch Butterfly

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The Monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus) is an remarkable insect, which is famous for its incredible migratory habits in addition to being admired for its great beauty.

But sadly the Monarch’s numbers have been dropping fast due to a combination of climate change, habitat destruction, the use of pesticides, and the lack of foodplants for its caterpillars, which could only eat species at the Milkweed family (Asclepiadaceae). However, this means that gardeners in almost any country where Monarchs live can help preserve the species by growing these attractive plants in their gardens.

Monarch’s migrate in spring all the way from Mexico and the Southern States of North America up as far as Canada and then replicate this in a long return journey when they fly south to overwinter.

There are a number of species of Milkweed that grow both in the cooler north and in the tropical heat of the south. Female Monarchs do not care what the type is at least as long as it is an Asclepias it will do fine as somewhere to put its eggs and feed its striped caterpillars.

Milkweed will grow well in large flowerpots or in massive windowboxes if you’ve got no access to a proper garden, and, of course, that the foodplant can be grown in containers on a roof-garden or balcony.

Luckily, in response to an increasing awareness of the plight of this beautiful but endangered insect, millions of people are doing what they can to help and there are now very many websites that can be easily found by searching online that will provide Milkweed seeds. Some of these sites also supply small ready-germinated plants, and many others have a vast array of Milkweed species to select from. There are even sites that supply seeds free of charge as long as you send a SASE.

Monarch caterpillars are very greedy and eat a lot of leaves. They will even have the flowers and seed pods, although fortunately the plants will often sprout again. The more Milkweed plants you grow the more caterpillars you will have the ability to support.

To watch the stages of the Monarch’s lifecycle is a wonderful experience as you find the striped striped caterpillars eventually change into jade-green chrysalises before their final transformation into the glorious winged adult. Just before they hatch another true miracle happens because the black and red of the newly-formed wings get stronger and stronger in colour and can be seen clearly through the transparent wing instances of the chrysalis.

To see this occur in your own garden brings a real sense of having done something positive to help one of Mother Nature’s most amazing creatures to survive. If you have loads of flowers growing the chances are that the adult Monarchs will stay a little while too. If they do, it is as if they’re saying thank you!