Author Archives: Rene

About Rene

About Ecuador, Galápagos, the Hospitality & Tourism industry, Conservation and personal Tidbits from a Swiss Hôtelier working in Ecuador & Galapagos and committed to supporting and encouraging local youngsters in Education, Sports and Environmental protection via my Foundation "Nova Galápagos."


I MOVED TO… GALAPAGOS TODAY  (Blog) Facebook Page & Twitter @reneheyer My blog includes News about Galapagos & Ecuador, the Islands, an eclectic mix of articles sourced from the Hospitality Industry, Sustainable Management & Development, Environmental Conservation, “Eco & Green” topics, Science … Continue reading

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Galapagos : How Darwin’s Finches Keep Their Species Separate

The shifting songs of Darwin’s finches have given new insight into processes that shape the course of evolution, preventing newly forked branches on life’s tree from growing back together. Even though it’s biologically possible for Geospiza fortis and Geospiza scandens … Continue reading

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Galapagos Preservation Society


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The Galapagos K-9 Police Unit Detects Wildlife Crime

Source…Sea Shepherd News En Español The K-9 unit of the Ecuadorian Environmental Police recently prevented an illegal exportation of two marine iguanas, an emblematic species of the Galapagos archipelago that has been protected since 1959. On September 30, 2010, the … Continue reading

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World War Two bombs found on Galapagos Islands

27 Oct 2010 01:32:07 GMT Source: Reuters * Fishermen discover a dozen buried devices * Official say they pose no threat to public QUITO, Oct 26 (Reuters) – Fishermen have found a dozen bombs believed to be from World War … Continue reading

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Smithsonian researchers find differences between Galapagos and mainland frigatebirds

Although the magnificent frigatebird may be the least likely animal on the Galapagos Islands to be unique to the area, it turns out the Galapagos population of this tropical seabird may be its own genetically distinct species warranting a new … Continue reading

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Sailing the Galapagos Islands in style

(CNN) — With its Giant Tortoises, fearless Sea Lions, colorful crabs and endless other vivid and unusual species, the Galapagos Islands maintain an almost mythical status among the world’s must-see natural wonders. And if you’re fortunate enough to find yourself … Continue reading

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Galapagos : Deep in Ecuador’s Rainforest, a Plan to Forego an Oil Bonanza

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Galapagos Penguins and Global Warming = Extinction

The Global Climate change has been a hot topic since the release of Al Gore’s movie An Inconvenient Truth.  Debates have swirled regarding the cause, yet it is undeniable that weather patterns have changed and we are seeing more extreme weather – both Japan … Continue reading

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Summit to Consider New Ecotourism Model for Galapagos Islands

QUITO – The Ecuadorian government has inaugurated the first Sustainable Tourism Summit, a gathering in which participants will discuss a new ecotourism development model for the Galapagos Islands. Environment Minister Marcela Aguiñaga said representatives of several public institutions are meeting … Continue reading

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