Listen: Galapagos Islands, Galapagos, Charles Darwin discussed on The Good News Podcast
"Welcome to the good news podcast. I'm your host Colleen during the other host meal. And for those who listen with us daily like you should, uh, today is Charles Darwin's birthday. Yeah, Charles Darwin, revolutionize science, his theory of evolution was based on careful observation of birds and other wildlife in places like the Galapagos Islands. And this EPA said is fully prepared to acknowledge just that. But first, a couple of administration things in case you for God, we're here to share with you All the Sonic joy, good news and delightful moments we can find and here's some bad things that aren't going to happen today. Australia will not revert back to being a prison island in humankind, won't be destroyed by an alien super virus as mentioned earlier is Charles Darwin's birthday. I'm here. Yeah, And to celebrate, We're going to hear from two young women, scientists and warehouse the Galapagos producer Vera Nikolai copra is our guide. I'm very meek and this is Maury may numbered as many could was in a meal a so a they keep link loan Murray crews. HUD Amelio grew up in Ecuador's capital Qito But she always loved being out in nature. When I look at pictures of myself, when I was little, I always see like I have a really happy Fazlur now outside I don't know, maybe a associated with spending time with my family. My dad, Then I could just run and I will pick up stuff from the ground and I just really love the outdoors. I was pretty much the same way I brought my mom home tadpoles caterpillars earthworms and eventually a PHD in ecology and evolution Maher is getting hers now from the University of Missouri Saint Louis. And she's doing fieldwork in the one place. I think every a college. Just wants to go ever since I knew I wanted to be a biologists. I wanted to come to the Galapagos Islands. That was my goal in my dream to. But they're not easy to get to. The Galapagos Islands are in the Pacific six hundred miles west of Ecuador from St. Louis. It took me two days three flights, a ferry ride in 45 minutes in a pickup truck to get their Charles Darwin took a ship, the HMS Spiegel. He was only twenty six when he visited the Galapagos about Maris age. What he saw changed his life and the history of science. Most of the wildlife that lives on these volcanic mounds his found nowhere else in the world. Giant tortoises Marina Guan guavas. And those little Sparrow like birds known as Darwin's finches. Mari first made it to the Galapagos five years ago. She's back again studying a kind of malaria that's infecting birds here in Hawaii. Avian malaria has driven many native bird species to extinction. That hasn't happened in the Galapagos But Mari and other scientists are trying to gauge the threat. It's five thirty in the morning and just barely starting to get light in the sky meeting. The researchers who are going to be setting up some missed nets to catch him. Birds wants to set another mess. Next look sort of like volleyball nets, but around twice as high in reaching almost to the ground. There mesh is nearly invisible. The birds fly right into it and get snagged. Murray in the others were quickly to untangle them. When you have a burning your Hannatised really want warm in soft and you can feel it Sweeney, fast heartbeat. In Jesus, no, that you holding something really fragile. Each bird gets weighed, measured. This one's Forty-five Graham Murray or one of her helpers takes us small blood sample to tests later for malaria. Then they released the bird again, this They don't want it said it at goal. Low led a Guna somewhat, go when allow Papua New Guinea kicking. Nina Samoa OSCE go speaks Motoo along with pigeon an English among the many languages in her country. Papua-New Guinea. It's an island nation just north of Australia. Samoa met Mari in Graduate School in St. Louis. She's in the Galapagos trying to help solve a different piece of the avian malaria puzzle. Which species of mosquito is transmitting the parasite from burn two bird just before dusk similar sets out her traps. The thing about Chapin mosquitoes, as you have to think like a mosquito female mosquitoes, There are the ones that bite and can spread disease like to lay their eggs in stagnant water. So Samoa mixes up a smelly brew for her traps. Every time employees would act. In my mind, I'm like Intelink mosquitoes. Please calm competently. Kinship with cheetah's it them. In the morning seriously, every time food smells good rate. Actually, it smells like rancid Jim socks, The smellier the water, The more mosquitoes She'll get and be able to dissect working with a microscope, delicate tools and very steady hands shield chop off their tiny heads and extract their salivary glands to look for the malaria parasite. Samoa has stared at so many mosquitoes, so close up. She started to appreciate them, especially as species called 80s Agip di it's one of the most beautiful things I've ever seen. It's covered in his black and white bans all over its legs. A lower its abdomen, its face. And Yeah, the first time I say it And they microscope, I kinda fell in love. away This is a Moa says, her parents encouraged her to get an education and pursue a career in science. But she says, most people in Papua New Guinea hold strongly to traditional beliefs and gender roles, and just growing up in looking around and seen the opportunity said, was given to Meal's rather than females that set of place and aggression in me. Good aggression at told me that he Why do males always have to get chosen over females for Samoa becoming a scientist started out as a way to prove herself, but eventually became more than that. I realized it. No Science was something that I really wanted to do once she gets her PHD Samoa wants to return to Papua New Guinea to help protect wildlife there. And she hopes to be a role model and train a new generation of female scientists. Empower young girls empower women and tell him, You know, if if I can come from a country like Papua New Guinea come in, do research in a place like Galapagos in study. It it institution like my University, Then you can do it to her friend Mari plants to keep doing research in her home country of Ecuador, maybe in the Galapagos Islands."