Thus, from the war of nature, from famine and death, the most exalted object which we are capable of conceiving, namely, the production of the higher animals, directly follows. There is grandeur in this view of life, with its several powers, having been originally breathed into a few forms or into one; and that, whilst this planet has gone cycling on according to the fixed law of gravity, from so simple a beginning endless forms most beautiful and most wonderful have been, and are being, evolved.
Today marks what would be Charles Darwin’s 207th birthday. We’d like to take this opportunity to celebrate this incredible human and his important scientific discoveries. May we all be inspired by his desire for truth through science and his relentless curiosity to find answers..
There is no better place to study evolution than on islands. Their isolation and defined boundaries create unique circumstances which often result in rare and unusual species. These species evolve over years to best adapt to their habitat. They may be smaller or bigger than their mainland-based relatives depending on the resources available in the environment. Islands truly are ‘laboratories’ for studying natural selection.
Darwin’s work focused on the extraordinary wildlife of the Galápagos Archipelago. These days, Galapagos’ plants and animals face a very serious threat – invasive species. Island Conservation is working with local partners to protect Galápagos’ wildlife by removing invasive species from islands in the archipelago.
- Radiolab: Saving the Galápagos Giant Tortoise - October 18, 2019
- Join Island Conservation at Santa Cruz Works Get Biotech Event - August 26, 2019
- Nature Features GBIRd—The Promise of Gene Drives - July 10, 2019
- A New Toolkit to Accelerate Ocean Conservation: Ocean Genomic Horizon Scan - June 26, 2019
- BBC News: When Sustainable Tourism Works - June 4, 2019
- Earth Day Every Day—Six Bright Spots in Conservation - April 22, 2019
- 169 Islands that Offer Hope for Stemming the Extinction Crisis - March 26, 2019
- Press Release: Six Main Threats Drive Global Seabird Decline - March 18, 2019
- Your Chance to Help Protect Paradise on Lord Howe Island - March 14, 2019
- Protecting Land and Sea – Conservation on Ulithi Atoll - March 5, 2019