The Galapagos archipelago holds a special fascination for birders, naturalists and biologists worldwide, in large part due to the endemic Darwin’s finches and how they shaped Charles Darwin’s perception of evolution. The mockingbirds of the same islands are less famous but similarly influenced Darwin’s thinking. Over forty bird species, as well as the famous tortoises, Marine Iguanas and many more species are found nowhere else on Earth.
Professor John Kricher will fill us in on the finches, mockingbirds and other endemic species of the Galapagos. Dr. John Kricher is professor emeritus of biology at Wheaton College, where he taught ecology, ornithology and vertebrate evolution for forty-eight years. He is a fellow of the American Ornithologists Union, a former board member of the American Birding Association and past president of the Association of Field Ornithologists, the Wilson Ornithological Society and the Nuttall Ornithological Club.