Understanding the Weather of the Galapagos

Understanding the Weather of the Galapagos

The Galapagos Islands are blessed with a climate that means there’s never really a bad time to visit. Visitor numbers to each of the islands are strictly monitored by the national park conservancy, however, so most wildlife holidays in Galapagos tend to be in the same peak periods in order to minimise the impact on the habitat and animal species.
While the archipelago is on the Equator, the weather is not tropical. It has its own microclimate that could best be defined as sub-tropical in nature. There are two seasons – the dry season and the wet season – and, while it can be visited year round, the best wildlife holidays in Galapagos tend to be centred around the months between November and February.

 

Fast Facts on the Galapagos Climate

• The weather in the archipelago is governed by the ocean currents. It is at the convergence of three major currents: the Humboldt, the Panama and the Cromwell.

• Even though the archipelago is located in the tropics it has a unique microclimate, which is surprisingly dry.

• The El Niño weather phenomenon occurs every 5-7 years, causing sea levels to rise markedly.

• The El Niño effect can have a negative effect on the marine wildlife of the islands – particularly the sea lions and Marine Iguanas.

• In the warm season, temperatures average from 27ºC to 32ºC and water temperatures are between 21ºC to 26ºC.

• In the dry season, temperatures average from 21ºC to 27ºC and water temperatures are between 18ºC to 24ºC.

• The warmest months are January and February, while the coolest are from May to September.

• Due to its equatorial position, the archipelago has an equal number of daylight and darkness hours throughout the year.

The Warm Season: December to May

The most popular time for wildlife holidays in Galapagos are the months between November and May. Both the air and water temperatures are higher and it is peak breeding time for land birds and nesting turtles.

Although this time of the year is classified as the rainy season, there is also plenty of sunshine around. Periods of rain are usually short (although daily), interspersed with warm, sunny stretches. The islands are teeming with active wildlife and the warmer oceans provide calm seas and better visibility, making the perfect conditions for snorkelling and swimming.

The Dry Season: June to December

In the dry season, the Humboldt Current coming from the southernmost reaches of South America sets a chill in the ocean and the trade winds bring colder and often stormy weather. Mist settles around the high altitudes – this is the time the highlands are at their most verdant and lush. Due to the nutrient-rich waters brought by the southern currents, there are huge numbers of fish in the waters surrounding the archipelago. This results in a greater number of seabirds, including penguins and albatross. However, the chillier oceans are not quite as appealing for snorkelers or divers, and guided wildlife holidays in Galapagos are not as frequent.

How the Weather Affects Biodiversity

The islands’ three distinct ecosystems are all strongly affected by the weather patterns. In the years of El Niño, the terrestrial region is abundant with flower and fruit bearing plants, which also causes an increase in the populations of insects and birds. The marine ecosystem thrives with the arrival of the Humboldt Current, but the colder oceanic temperatures mean that the seaweed on which the Marine Iguanas and sea lions rely as a food source is greatly diminished. This causes problems not just in the immediate population, but also sees a decline in reproduction. In the years of La Niña (which produces the opposite conditions to El Niño), the reverse of all these effects is true in all three ecosystems.

Keeps the pennywort from the Galapagos Islands

Keeps the pennywort from the Galapagos Islands

The Galapagos Islands wildlife is the most unique species in the world. At that time in the archipelago, off the coast of South America, the naturalist Charles Darwin based his research which later became his “Theory of Evolution”.
Currently the archipelago is a popular place for ecotourism, with wildlife cruises in the Galapagos often sitting at the top of the list of nature lovers desires. However, apart from – and, in some cases, because – the remote geographic position of the island, many species face a serious threat to their survival, and some are extinct. Keeps the pennywort from the Galapagos Islands

The ground birds in the archipelago are a declining group, the most prominent being the Finches Darwin (which are actually 15 separate species) – so named as their “light bulbs” in Darwin’s theory of natural selection. Keeps the pennywort from the Galapagos Islands

Saving the Land Bird

The Charles Darwin Research Institute (CDRI) in Santa Cruz, is a site that is in the travel plans of every wildlife voyage in the Galapagos. Their precious works are essential to the preservation of wildlife archipelago, and one of their many projects is focused on controlling the parasitic flies endangering Finches Darwin.

Philornis Downsi is an introduced species, whose larvae live and eat children from finch chicks, causing many to die in their nests. Ectoparasites are also believed to be responsible for the decline of other poultry species.

Philornis Project

Research conducted by CDRI begins with attempts to enlarge the Philornis larvae downsi in the laboratory, without the help of a poultry host. This difficult task is achieved for the first time by a dedicated undergraduate thesis student, although increasing the number of flies in large quantities required for research purposes continues to cause problems.

Researchers from the CDRI went to Panama to observe the work of the Missile Defensive Maintenance Program, where millions of “sterile” flies were produced regularly to help the project to eradicate invasive caterpillars. The researchers can transfer what they get from this very successful project and apply it to very positive results.

Although CDRI flies are bred in greater numbers because of the team’s achievements to improve some of Panama’s project techniques, making flies into regular marriage still proves a challenge. However, there is a large and dedicated team working on this project, and they are confident they will reach a solution.

Learning more about fly biology is essential for the next step in the program to develop successful methods for controlling the numbers. Once a regular breeding program is conducted, research on flies management effectively will provide a major step forward in the conservation of the domestic birds.

Small Project Makes a Big Difference

For anyone planning a wildlife voyage in the Galapagos, understanding CDR’s vital work will offer greater insight into this incredible world and the challenges it faces. The ongoing Philornis project is just one example of how seemingly small conservation projects have the potential to make a big difference to the archipelagic ecology.

Keeps the pennywort from the Galapagos Islands

High-Tech Skiing: 2017’s Greatest Gadgets

High-Tech Skiing: 2017’s Greatest Gadgets

2017 has been a gift for the skiing and snowboarding aficionado, thanks to the release of some incredible new high-tech gadgetry to make your time on the slopes all the more special. From Smartphone apps to clothing, watches to equipment, this has been the year when it’s really paid to get ahead with some top-quality gear.
Already sketching out plans for hitting the pistes this coming winter? These are the finest offerings from 2017 you need to make sure you are taking with you.

 

Leki GoPro Adapter

Designed to capture you and the mountains from all the best angles, this adapter will easily attach to both Leki racing poles and freeride mountaineering poles, offering a far wider variety of shots than a helmet-mounted camera and ensuring you look slick and smooth as you make your way down the pistes.

Snoww Social Tracking App

Not all the best gear need cost the sun and the moon – this is free to download on iPhone but offers an incredible package, combining social media with a video game experience. Using GPS, it can monitor how far you’ve skied, your top speed and energy used, vertical drops taken, and much more. It also allows you to compare your stats with friends, track where they are, and share photos via your online profiles. Make sure you’re king of the mountains and the person to beat!

Powervision Robotics Poweregg Drone

This sleek egg-shaped drone not only looks good but is designed to make you look stunning too – all 360 degrees of you, in fact, with a top-quality 4K HD camera that can capture real-time video from long range. Not only that, but it’s also incredibly practical, being small and light enough to carry with you, and easily operable by remote control.

Suunto Spartan Ultra Sports Watch

The ultimate item for the true pro, this sports watch is packed with amazing features and is the perfect guide for getting the best out of your skiing. Its GPS heatmap allows you to check out the top places for making runs; once there, you can record your speed, altitude and distance, and then share your stats and times with other online users. Don’t let yourself be seen on the slopes and in the après-ski bars without one.

Poc Spine VPD 2.0 Airbag Vest

Keeping yourself protected doesn’t need to look, or feel, bad – thanks to this smooth fitting airbag vest, you can feel comfortable pushing yourself to your limits. Capable of detecting any unavoidable falls you’re due to encounter, it will inflate in less than 100 milliseconds, and is also sensor-fitted to monitor for crashes and cushion your upper body from the impact. Even if you make the odd tumble, you’ll be falling with style.

Before You Hit the Slopes

Looks like you’re all set to go. There’s just one more, slightly less glamorous piece of kit to think about: ski travel insurance. Of course, no matter how much high-tech wizardry you have with you, or how strong your Airbag Vest is, it always pays to have great ski travel insurance cover, so that you can always salvage the best from any bad scrapes you may encounter. For that extra peace of mind, investing in some solid ski travel insurance will ensure you, along with your gear, are safely covered when you’re taking to the slopes – get in touch with InsureMore today to find out how.

Airport Taxi Service in Jamaica

Airport Taxi Service in Jamaica

Airport Taxi Service in Jamaica is getting better and better. Long gone are the days when taxi service on the island was just a means of getting from point A to point B. With the advent of the internet guests now have the convenient option to research and pre-book. In this new and competitive era, operators now have to step up their game to meet the demands of the Airport Taxi market.
Montego Bay, the prided city, is the gateway to Jamaica and boasts an international airport as well as a cruise port. As such, Private Taxi Taxi Service in Jamaica is crucial, as visitors need to move around quite often. In securing Airport Taxi Service, there are various options to consider that can be made prior to arriving in Jamaica.

 

As an add-on, some airline tickets do offer ground transportation which takes guests to their final destination. Further, some hotels do provide shared shuttle service as another option for transportation. Upon arrival in Jamaica, there is a taxi stand at the airport in Montego Bay where one could just walk up to the desk and get a cab immediately. Usually, this option is more expensive; as you know anything to do with airport comes at a higher price.

The best and most convenient option for securing a taxi in Montego Bay is to pre-book online. There is a myriad of options online all waiting to provide you with the best service ever. For the most part, the vehicles used are modern and fully air-conditioned and kept in an immaculate condition. These vehicles range from sedans to mini -vans which are capable of fitting up to 10 persons comfortably. As a commitment to the safety of your children, some taxi service on the island even offer complimentary child seats.

Though categorized as an island, Jamaica is a little bigger than most first time visitors think. It measures 4,411 square miles and has a population of almost 3 million people. This also means that some final destinations may be a bit farther than expected; up to three hours at most; so a comfortable ride with an amiable driver will be welcomed perk to your road trip experience.

Additionally, Tours and Excursions can also be booked on line and enjoyed as a private exploration of the island. For sure, a private tour is a better option than shared and it may not even cost more. You become the master of your vacation experience for an affordable cost. This option also gives the opportunity to save time so you can do more during what is already too short a stay in Paradise. Vacation time is precious, no need to wait on a big bus to be filled. Private taxi service in Jamaica is a better option.

Carpet Cleaning by Hands is Actually Possible

Carpet Cleaning by Hands is Actually Possible

When enough dirt gets onto your carpet it becomes noticeable and hard to hide. Without renting a carpet cleaner and relying on technology to clean things up there’s a more cost-effective way. With a few things you may already have in your home waiting to be put to good use, your carpets can look like new once again.
Here’s the thing about carpeting: the plush, dense fibers we love to feel underfoot are also really great at clinging to dust, dirt, smoke, pet odor, and whatever other grime comes through the door.

Carpet Cleaning by Hands is Actually Possible

Vacuuming your carpet regularly, at least the highest traffic areas, will delay the inevitable, but once dirt is pressed into the carpet’s fibers, it’s time to do more than vacuum.It will also fluff the carpet fibers, loosening deep down dirt from within. This will make the overall carpet washing task more effective since it will be able to clean deeper. If your steam carpet cleaner has only one tank, it will also reduce the amount of times you have to change the (dirty) water in the tank, during the carpet cleaning.

While vacuuming, you may also notice small items that could impair a carpet cleaner if allowed to be picked up during the cleaning, such as elastics, hair accessories, small toys and other things that could block the hose and cause some down time. It doesn’t matter either, which type of carpet cleaner you are using, vacuuming prior to cleaning is more effective.

Seriously, you must get down and dirty. You’re gonna have to get on your hands and knees and scrub. You’ll get sweaty. You’ll feel sore the next day. You’ll get a workout! But, your carpet will be clean.

*This post is only for getting general dirt and light stains off a carpet

In the “olden days” before there were vacuum cleaners you either swept (which still works to an extent—tough bristles, short quick strokes are key) or took the carpet up and beat the dust and dirt out with a carpet beater (which also works, as long as your carpet isn’t fitted). Carpet Cleaning by Hands is Actually Possible

Alternatively, there are machines that spray water and shampoo into the carpet and suck up the dirty water — but these probably come under the heading of a “vacuum cleaner,” and so aren’t appropriate in your case. Also, they’re not very useful for picking up bigger particles.

Feel the Thrill of a French Ryder Cup

Feel the Thrill of a French Ryder Cup

A Ryder Cup on the Continent is a rare thing. The last time the United States and Europe tussled on European soil was in 1997 at Valderrama Golf Club in Spain. That edition was a nail-biter, with the home team narrowly coming through by a margin of 14½ to 13½. Next year, however, the event will return to Europe once again: the Albatros Course of Le Golf National in Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines will serve as the venue from 28 to 30 September.
To make the most of the upcoming Ryder Cup, 2018 will see European Waterways offering golf fans and Francophiles alike a wonderful opportunity: a chartered golf cruise through France and the chance to be at Le Golf National to watch the world’s best competing for the game’s most coveted trophy. Here’s hoping that the 42nd Ryder Cup will be just as exciting and dramatic the one in 1997!

 

Enhance your Game on the Renaissance

Whether you choose to embark before the tournament begins to get you in the mood or decide to join a charter after the final putt is made, the hotel barge Renaissance will make sure you have many opportunities to hone your own game. As Renaissance wends its way along the Loire, it will stop at a number of quintessentially Gallic courses, such as at Château Cely and Fontainebleau.

The Ryder Cup is always a special event, but we think that next year’s is going to be a particularly exceptional one. 2018 is going to be the year when our dedicated European golf cruise truly comes into its own.

Home Soil – A Home Win?

To get your appetite whetted in advance, here’s a preview of the Ryder Cup 2018. Having comfortably beaten the European contingent with 17 points to 11 at the Hazeltine National Golf Club in Minnesota in 2016, the Americans, led by Jim Furyk, will be hoping to retain the Cup for the first time since 1993. Under the captaincy of Danish golfer Thomas Bjørn, Europe will hope that playing on home soil and the backing of the crowd will spur them on to wrest back the Cup.

As for the venue, the 18-hole L’Albatros is certainly a course befitting of such an illustrious competition. British golfer Lee Westwood encapsulated the thoughts of many of his fellow players when stating that it is his “favourite course in Europe” and that it “would make a great Ryder Cup venue”. Finished in 1990, it has acquired something of a reputation for its final 4 holes. The various water challenges to be found here are sure to test the mettle of players from both sides throughout the Ryder Cup – 2018 could see a real classic. There’ll be no such challenges for spectators, though, as L’Albatros is widely considered to provide one of the best viewing experiences in the world.

Paul Newman is the Marketing and E-Systems Executive for European Waterways, the UK’s most respected provider of all-inclusive, luxury barge holidays, which can be booked to coincide with unmissable sporting events such as the Ryder Cup 2018 or the tennis French Open. Part of a team of experienced barging aficionados, Paul is first in line to endorse the perks of a slow-paced barge cruise to anyone looking for a unique holiday experience.

Don’t Miss the chance to Decorate Your Place with over mantle Mirrors

Don’t Miss the chance to Decorate Your Place with over mantle Mirrors

Epitome of glamour, over mantle mirrors is that piece of home décor, which transforms the look of your paradise. Undoubtedly, the Over Mantle Mirrors for Sale Newbury is an indispensable addition to your fireplace. It not only enhances its beauty, but also grabs others attention. Scroll down to learn some important points related to this stunning ornate mirror.
Best Suited for Sitting Rooms

Don’t Miss the chance to Decorate Your Place with over mantle Mirrors

An elegant statement of class in yesteryears, this fireplace mirror has always been an integral part of sitting rooms. Even today, it lets you enter into the realm of art Deco. This type of mirror adds an innate feature in the living room, thereby giving it a polished look. Being fragile this decorative item requires a lot of attention. Hence, it is apt to place Over Mantle Mirrors for Sale Newbury in the sitting room. Certainly, you can take care of this aesthetically pleasing piece of art here efficiently.

Modern Versions of Over Mantle Mirrors

With the passing time, the styles of over mantle mirrors for sale Newbury has evolved. It is imperative for you to know the contemporary versions of such mirrors. Earlier, the mirrors placed above the fireplace were quite oversized, mostly with arched top. Today, you can find myriad types of trendy over mantle mirrors. Some are sleek while some are made of heart shape. It all depends on your choice as a customer. You may pick any style based on your likes and dislikes. Don’t Miss the chance to Decorate Your Place with over mantle Mirrors

Tips to Buy Online

In the virtual world of internet, it becomes important for you to mull over the tips to buy over mantle mirrors online. They are:

• Search for different styles of mirror available online
• Check the one you select complements your place or not
• Browse to learn the trend of decorative mirrors
• Select for sizes with respect to the dimension of your room
• Ensure that the shipping facility is safe and secure
• Be clear with the return and exchange policies online

Live in the Dry Season in the Galapagos

Live in the Dry Season in the Galapagos

Usually, the word “dry season” conjures up arid vision, inadequate. But for the outlying islands of the Galapagos Islands, the dry season is nothing boring.
Unlike some other destinations around the world, the dry moon is actually an ideal time for nature lovers to start a wildlife voyage in the Galapagos. It does not experience a typical tropical climate, and between July and December is actually a time of great activity, migration and breeding. Live in the Dry Season in the Galapagos

What Happens During The Dry Moon?

The archipelago has two distinct seasons: dry and wet. The season here is directly influenced by the cold Humboldt Current, which mixes with warm water from the equatorial currents and causes the rich nutrients (from Humboldt) to rise to the surface. During the dry period of six months, currents are driven toward the island by prevailing trade winds, which have a profound effect on local ecology.

Animal Sea Abundance

With an abundant supply of food, marine life is growing rapidly at this time. Along with the number of fish that can be seen in shallow waters, the population of sharks, octopi, rays and crustaceans swells to a greater proportion. For sea turtles, this is the time of breeding in the prime and December marking the start of their nesting season. Live in the Dry Season in the Galapagos

High Height

The height of various volcanic islands means, even in the dry months, there is significant rainfall in some areas. On the plateau, the drizzle and mist of moist known as Garúa is a constant presence and, while under the conditions at the bottom is quite arid, fertile and tropical highlands. Therefore, large numbers of animals – like the Giant Turtles – migrate to higher ground for food. While this seasonal movement occurs on a smaller scale than Africa’s “big migration”, it is the same principle. To find very active wildlife, most trips to wildlife voyages in the Galapagos at this time of the year will include trips to several island plateaues.

Breeding time

Surprisingly, temperatures are lower during the dry months, and during this cold weather many species choose to breed. It is very common among bird species and, when their young are hatched, large numbers of small fish in the surrounding waters serve as a reliable source of food. Boobies, Frigate and Flightless Cormorants begin their marriage early in the dry season, and their numbers increase as the gliders begin to appear in the following months.

Other species that have a higher profile during this breeding period are the unique Lava lizards, migrant sharks, flamingoes, sea lions, penguins, whales and dolphins.

Dry Moon End

At the end of December, as the Humboldt Current slows and rises in temperature, there is a shift in wildlife activity that is clear as the second season of the archipelago – a wet approach. For those planning a wildlife voyage in the Galapagos, no time in a year is a bad time, but the dry season can be a fun and enjoyable time to visit.

Live in the Dry Season in the Galapagos

 

Stylish Skiing For Sale: The Best Catered Chalets in Europe

Stylish Skiing For Sale: The Best Catered Chalets in Europe

Catered chalets are the best choice for groups of friends looking for comfort and convenience in the mountains. With food ready when you wake up and when you get home, serving accommodation is perfect for a laser-skied skier who does not want to miss a moment on the slopes. It is also fun for the group to find the shared family room and the accompanying comic.
In holiday packages with villas, food and wine are included with flights, transport and accommodation. The type of food you can expect depends on where you are staying, but usually local alpine dishes are made with fresh ingredients. Breakfast will be ready when you wake up, usually consisting of sausages, eggs and cheese, but vegetarian if you ask for it. After a day on the slopes, return to some afternoon tea, followed later with a pre-cooked dinner. The menu may vary, but if you make a request a few days in advance, the chef can usually customize it for you. Stylish Skiing For Sale: The Best Catered Chalets in Europe

There are also a variety of lodgings that serve two to 20 guests. Generally, the more guests, the cheaper per head, but this is not always the case. As well as the size, the chalets vary in service with some specially designed for families, some for luxuries and others for a traditional atmosphere. Stylish Skiing For Sale: The Best Catered Chalets in Europe

The Best Catered Chalets in the Alps

Chalet Sonne, Maria Alm, Austria – This cute chalet has two double rooms as well as a triple and quad. The interior is almost entirely made of wood; it’s on the wall, on the floor and in the sauna, which is a great place to relax with friends after a game of table tennis. The ski slopes can be reached via a shuttle bus service, which stops only 300m from the accommodation.

Chalet Martina, Westendorf, Austria – This large chalet has 26 beds and has access to the ski area of ​​the Alps Brixental-Kitzbüheler. It’s also close to some nice bars and pubs in the nearby city of Innsbruck, so there’s always a chance to meet people. The pine-themed decor, warms the soul on a cold night.

Chalet Bianca, Bardonecchia, Italy – Bianca is modern and colorfully decorated. The bed accommodates up to 18 guests and the enthusiastic Italian staff strives to ensure that guests are very full at all times. Located in the resort of Bardonecchia, 140 km pistes will surely greatly satisfy your skiing needs.

Chalet Nadine, La Plagne, France – Storage huts are everywhere in La Plagne. In the center of Montchavin, one of ten villages in the ski area, Nadine has room for 13 skiers. With plenty of living space and a hot tub, basing your group here means stylish skis.

Chalet Elliot West, La Tania, France – The Elliot is an example of a traditional chalet experience, offering premium accommodation. The two wings of the building were armed with a hot tub for the eight guests to enjoy on both sides. Because only a few minutes walk from the ski lift, the location is also fantastic.

And there you have it: five chalets that guarantee an amazing Alpine adventure. What are you waiting for?

Belinda Smythson works for Ski Amis, a specialist ski travel agency and booking service that has helped avid skiers and hikers make their perfect winter breaks for more than a quarter of a century. If you are looking for catered chalets, La Plagne is an ideal choice. For accommodation anywhere in Three Valleys, Paradiski, Espace Killy or Chamonix Valley, Ski Amis is a go-to company for winter sports enthusiasts looking for a lifelong holiday. Stylish Skiing For Sale: The Best Catered Chalets in Europe

Will Your Insurance Cover Kill Trauma

Will Your Insurance Cover Kill Trauma

Cleaning up after a traumatic event is challenging, both physically and emotionally. Biohazard remediation or deodorizing companies in Canton can reduce the pressure from your shoulders, but will your insurance cover the cost of this service? Can you save money by doing your own cleaning?
Insurance Coverage for Biohazardous Cleaning

Bioremediation is a method of cleaning hazardous waste by the use of microorganisms and fungi. All insurance policies are different, but the terminology is usually the same. It is important to review your homeowner’s insurance policy for references to bioremediation. You can also contact your insurance provider and ask if they close the cleaning after a traumatic event. Bioremediation coverage for events such as floods is common and, in some states, mandatory for homes in flood zones. However, remediation coverage does not always take into account traumatic events such as murder or even natural death.

Will Your Insurance Cover Kill Trauma

Financial Assistant

If your homeowner insurance does not cover cleaning trauma, you have another option to help pay for remediation services. State and federal victim assistance programs help families cope with the unexpected burden of cleaning services. You may also ask your remedial company for discount or financing options. Will Your Insurance Cover Kill Trauma
Can You Clean Yourself?

Prior to the development of bioremediation, families usually have to face self-cleaning after death at home. The process usually involves caustic chemicals and the disposal of furniture, floors, drywall, and personal items. However, this basic cleaning technique can not remove contaminants and harmful microorganisms in the air. These contaminants can be attached to every object in the home, spreading the disease to other family members at home and decomposing into mushrooms. Just a professional cleaning and biohazard cleaning in Canton that completely restores your home and helps you and your family move on.