A New Season of Mangrove Finches Fighting for Survival
For three years now, the Charles Darwin Foundation (CDF) has been rearing the rarest of “Darwin’s finches” in the Galápagos.
With support from Helmsley’s Conservation Program, CDF has conducted a “head-starting” process for the critically endangered mangrove finch. Head-starting is a strategy that applies artificial propagation techniques to increase population size in the wild. This important work is making progress toward ensuring that 15 mangrove finch fledglings will return to their natural habitat, helping to prevent the extinction of one of the world’s rarest birds.