Scientist kneeling in a patch of trees with gray bark, with a camera on a tripod beside her

Photo: Anne Chamberlain/Smithsonian

Journey to the Galápagos Islands, with Smithsonian mangrove ecologist Candy Feller! In the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center’s first Earth Optimism webinar of the year, Candy will introduce you to the mangrove finch, one of the famous “Darwin’s finches” that inspired the theory of evolution. Found only on the Galápagos, mangrove finches are on the verge of extinction, with only around 100 individuals left in the wild. In this talk, Candy will reveal the intricate connection between mangrove finches and the mangrove trees they call home. She’ll highlight how previously unknown interactions between the land and the sea on the Galápagos have created a unique environment that shaped the evolution of this endangered bird.

Can’t make the live event? This webinar will be recorded. Closed captions will be available during the live event and on the recording. By signing up on Zoom, you’ll be able to join live and you’ll receive a link to the recording approximately one week after it airs.

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