On the Lookout
00 deg 15'N
Longitude: 91 deg 45W
Wind Direction: SW
Wind Speed: 12 Knots
Sea State 3
Swell(s) Height: 2-3 Foot
Sea Temperature: 64°F (17.8°C)
Barometric Pressure: 1015.8 MB
Visibility: 12 Nautical Miles
Eggs and potatoes
Bacon, ham and sausage
(Dried cereal is always available in the pantry)
OJ in a bucket
Pizza - 3 kinds
Nutty cheese bars
New York strip steak
Corn on the cob
September 9, 2001
by Christina Reed
On the front deck, just above the bow, Francisco Cruz, 28, holds
his binoculars searching for seabirds. He records each one
in his orange field notebook, indicating their species and
our location. This is his first research expedition at sea.
Two months ago he was studying the genetic diversity of lava
lizards on South Plaza Island, just east of Santa Cruz, a research
project that lasted eight days.
Galápagos companion on this expedition is Jules Paredes,
a ranger with the Galápagos National Park. While Francisco,
a volunteer of the Charles Darwin Research Station, looks for
seabirds, Jules, 21, keeps watch over the Galápagos
Marine Reserve and helps us comply with all Park regulations.
The scientific party has always worked closely with the National Park and
Charles Darwin Research Station and we support their mission to preserve and
protect the animals and the islands themselves, Denny Geist says. We
provide the institutions that manage the area an opportunity to access part of
the Marine Reserve they don't normally see.
Keeping up with the distribution of seabirds
around the islands is a non-stop task. When at Santa Cruz, Francisco
compiles data from previous years into computers. Much of what
is known comes from the interior of the archipelago and on the
islands themselves. We have information about nesting sites and distributions on
the islands, but not out at sea, Francisco says. It would be difficult
to study the area we are in now without the Roger Revelle.
We are happy that Francisco and Jules were
able to join the expedition. They are both well versed in the
local natural history of the islands. Jules worked as a guide
before joining the National Park and has also studied Galápagos
mangroves while on an Ecuadorian expedition to Genovesa.
I think its a terrific opportunity to work with observers in the
Marine Reserve, Denny says. "The National Park and Charles Darwin
Research Station do top-notch research with few resources, so when they work
with us its mutually beneficial.
Please link to the Charles Darwin Research
Station and The Galapagos National Park Web Site at http://www.galapagos.org.
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