Introduced Species in the Galápagos

La Paz Group

Feral goats on Isabela Island. Photo by Galápagos National Park Service.

Yesterday I wrote about the case of the North American beaver being purposefully introduced to Argentinian Patagonia for a business venture and having severe unintended consequences on the environment in both Chile and Argentina. Most of us think of Patagonia as a pretty faraway and isolated place, and its location so far down the southern hemisphere merits that. The Galápagos Islands are another place geographically apart from most of us–that distance accounts for the specialized evolution that took place in the archipelago over millennia.

The isolation of the Galápagos from the rest of the world for so long, and the relatively small size of the islands, means that it is especially vulnerable to opportunistic species that can become invasive. In the same way that the Canadian beavers had no natural predators in Patagonia, common domesticated goats, when introduced to…

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EBBY Seminar: Where Are The Books for Toddlers and Teens?

Arabic Literature (in English)

The Egyptian Board on Books for Young People (EBBY) has begun its new life with a talk at Al-Balsam Bookstore in Mohandiseen. Two problem areas were highlighted — the lack of Arabic books for toddlers and for teens:

By Dina ElAbd

unnamed (2) Rania Amin is talking with her hands. Photo credit: Balsam Saad.

Last Saturday November 15, 2014, Al-Balsam Bookstore hosted an inspiring talk on Egyptian children’s literature, titled “EBBY Seminar: EBBY a Home for Everyone Working on Children’s Culture in Egypt.” It truly was a room you wanted to be in, and not just because of the charm of Balsam’s cozy bookshop and the enthusiastic writers and publishers and nonstop conversation.

The speakers were: Dr. Yasmine Motawy, faculty member at the American University in Cairo (AUC) and children’s literature scholar, Dr. Shahira Khalil, Editor-in-Chief of Samir Magazine for children, and Rania Hussein Amin, well-known children’s writer and illustrator, author of the…

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