Caring for our surroundings: mother’s day in the Galapagos
Mother’s Day in the Galapagos (and the majority of the world) is coming up this Sunday, 14 May. Here at the Finch Bay Galapagos Hotel, we couldn’t think of a better way to get in touch with our maternal side than by considering our surroundings and just how much we’ve managed to take care of it all. It’s no doubt that with a little love and attention, the smallest of things can grow into the most magnificent of rewards.
The Galapagos Islands are a UNESCO World Heritage site and the Galapagos National Park has implemented numerous rules and regulations to keep the islands as pristine and immune as possible. These rules are so strict that they prohibit tampering with the local flora and fauna in any way – guests aren’t even allowed to take Galapagos sand home with them!
It’s understandable though: we all want in on the islands’ magic and that means that each and every one of us needs to pitch in. The Finch Bay Galapagos Hotel completely abides by the Galapagos National Park rules, except we take it one step further by trying to help reverse the traces of human impact on the enchanted isles.
Fostering Mother Earth
A symbol of wisdom and tenacity, the mangroves surrounding the Finch Bay Galapagos Hotel are a constant reminder of how the smallest of acts can turn into grandiose patches of life.
It’s due to the initiatives and dedication of the Finch Bay Galapagos Hotel that over 500 mangroves were planted in the surrounding area, all as part of a reforestation program. As a result, the hotel is surrounded with gorgeous buttonwood mangroves. This is a gift that truly keeps on giving – mangrove forests are a key component of the local ecosystems throughout the islands. In a way, they act as natural and supermassive “safety nests” for penguins, fish, turtles and even sharks. Their presence actually helps lessen the force of incoming tides and waves, reducing their power up to 75% and providing a safe haven for the creatures that inhabit them.
Mother’s Day in the Galapagos: Looking After Our Galapagos Big15 Species
It’d be remiss of us to not mention our land-based Mother of the Month: the Galapagos marine iguana! Her eggs are currently hatching at an elevated rate, and it’s not uncommon to find her nests in sandy areas throughout the Galapagos or even right beside the trails! That’s why we and the Galapagos community make a constant effort to inform our guests about them, specifically during the period between April and June (which happens to coincide with Mother’s Day in the Galapagos).
– Signs help guests know that there are nesting areas around the location of the Finch Bay Galapagos Hotel. –
Marine iguanas hatching is the perfect time for all of us to show how much we appreciate this unique environment. Community groups and hotel staff fence off the areas where the iguanas next at this specific time of the year, following the climactic end to their mating season, to make sure no one mistakenly harms the eggs. Nesting occurs between January and April, and it takes approximately 3 months for the eggs to incubate and hatch. Galapagos marine iguanas can be seen virtually everywhere in the archipelago, so keep your eye open for them whether you are hiking around Santa Cruz Island or sailing aboard our Santa Cruz II Galapagos cruise.