Donate to GPS, just by shopping on Amazon!

Some of our supporters recently asked us to join the Amazon Smile program so they could donate to us just by shopping on Amazon. Well, I just set it up and its ready to go! Thank you for bringing it to our attention.

Its very easy. First, just visit Amazon through the special program link at Smile.Amazon.com

Then enter our name “Galapagos Preservation Society” into the search box on the lower right of the page.

Press “select” after you find us.

Begin shopping!

The shopping experience on Amazon Smile will be identical to the regular Amazon site – same prices, same selection – with the exception that eligible products will be marked as such. Nearly every physical product is eligible, the exceptions are mainly for electronic items like Kindle E-books.

Amazon will donate 0.5% of your purchase totals to GPS. Please shop through Smile.Amazon.com and make your purchases count toward money for conserving the Galapagos!

 

Welcome our New Board Member: Jono More

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We are thrilled to welcome conservation biologist Jono More to our Board of Directors. Jono was born and raised in New Zealand. Below is a bit more about his prior work in Galapagos:

In 2012, Jono had the privilege of being able to spend 5 months in the Galapagos Islands working for the Charles Darwin Foundation, often in conjunction with the Galapagos National Park Service.Jono was lucky enough get to spend time on a number of islands and work on various species including land iguanas on Fernandina, mockingbirds on islets off Floreana, albatross on Espanola and mangrove finches on Isabela.The biggest project which Jono was involved with was the Galapagos hawk mitigation during the rat eradication on Isla Pinzon.  Here he had to help locate and catch hawks so that they could be kept in captivity in order to prevent them from getting secondary poisoning from eating poisoned rats.These experiences have meant that the Galapagos Islands are now very close to Jono’s heart and he has a strong desire to return and help with the many issues of which the Galapagos’ ecosystem faces.New Zealand and the Galapagos both share similar dilemmas in regards to mammalian invaders and therefore Jono believes that his knowledge and experience can be put to good use in helping to save the unique wildlife of the “enchanted islands”.

More from the Founder

IMG_0756David Rand at The Sign Company here in Friday Harbor, made all of our signs for this campaign. One is posted on the new fence we made for Hugo and another is for the first bat house on the Galapagos Islands!

Tortuga, our rescue kitten was living in piles of wood at one of the local lumber yards on Santa Cruz. She is one of sweetest and friendliest kittens we have ever met. If she had survived the traffic on the busy corner, she would have probably had several litters of kittens. Although they would have been very cute, more cats and dogs is the last thing the islands need! She and her kittens would have devoured more than a few lava lizards and finches.

Now Tortuga rests safely with a full belly of kitty food in Friday Harbor Washington with Gabe, Melina and Sadie.

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News from the Founder’s Desk

IMG_0288Our trips are always too short. What we need to do is plant ourselves in Galapagos for a good 3 months at a time. We could then make some real progress. When funding comes through we will do just that

We built a fence for Bruno Moreira Garcia, A sweet gent of a dog. He had been held by a very short rope for 8 years…now he walks and runs in his yard. He is free, but not free to roam the beaches in search of iguanas.
Our bat house project went up without too much stress. Our friend Hernan Rodas is the IMG_0736 proud recipient of the first ever bat house in Galapagos. The two bats that have been found are Hoary and Western Red. From the research that I did I found that they have been found in lava tunnels and though thought to be loners have been found roosting with other species. So we are giving it a try. A total experiment. Tony with Bat Bunker donated one beautiful bat house. A work of art, his homes are
I want to thank my dear friend Paco…without him our trip would have been much harder. It takes some finessing to get things done on the islands, especially since I don’t speak spanish and believe me, Paco is the man!
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I contacted The Red Mangrove and talked to a woman by the name of Naomi West. I told her about GPS and she was sold. She pitched our organization to the owner Hernan Rodas and he too, was sold…he gave us our stay! A huge relief on our pocketbooks. We worked from sun up to sun down and came back to a beautiful room with a wonderful breakfast to get us going in the morning. We can’t thank you enough Hernan and Naomi. Their staff was so so helpful. Fernanda helped us locate the perfect location for our bat house.
More to come later this week!