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January Land birds start nesting, generally after the first rains. On Espa単ola Island adult male marine iguanas become brightly colored. The green sea turtles arrive to the beaches for egg laying. Land iguanas begin reproductive cycles on Isabela Island.

February White-cheeked pintails start their breeding season. Nazca boobies on Espanola Island are at the end of their nesting season. Marine iguanas nest on Santa Cruz Island. Nesting season of the Galapagos Dove reaches its peak.

March Marine iguanas nest on Fernandina. Waved Albatrosses arrive to Espa単ola Island.


April Massive arrival of Waved Albatrosses to Espa単ola Island & start of their courtship. End of hatching season of the giant tortoises. Eggs of green sea turtles begin to hatch. Land iguanas hatch on Isabela Island.

May Galapagos Penguins start showing remarkable activity. Sea turtles are still hatching in Gardner Bay, Punta Cormorant & Puerto Egas. Palo Santo trees begin to shed their foliage. Waved Albatrosses on Espa単ola Island start laying their eggs. Band-Rumped Storm Petrels begin their first nesting period. Marine iguanas' eggs hatch on Santa Cruz Island.

June Giant tortoises on Santa Cruz Island migrate from the highlands to the lowlands in search of suitable nesting places. Beginning of the nesting season of giant tortoises. Southern migrant birds on their way towards the north can be seen.


October Giant tortoises are still laying eggs. Lava Herons start nesting until March. Galapagos fur seals begin their mating period. Boobies raise their chicks on Espanola Island.

November Sea lions are sexually active on the eastern part of the archipelago. Breeding season for the brown noddies. Band-Rumped Storm Petrels begin their second nesting period. Sea lion pups are born.

December Hatching of giant tortoise's eggs begins and lasts until April. Green sea turtles display their mating behavior. Galapagos starts getting "green". The first young Waved Albatrosses fledge. Northern migrant birds on their way toward the sout.


July Sea bird communities are very active (breeding), especially on Espanola Island. Flightless Cormorant's court and nest on Fernandina Island. Oystercatchers nesting on Santiago Island. Whales & dolphins are more likely to be observed, especially off the western coast of Isabela Island . Lava lizards initiate mating rituals until November.

August Galapagos Hawks court on Espa単ola and Santiago Island. Migrant shore birds start to arrive, and stay on the islands until March. Giant tortoises return to the highlands of Santa Cruz.

September Galapagos Penguins show remarkable activity on Bartolome Island until December. Sea lions are very active, especially on western and central islands. Most species of sea birds remain quite active at their nesting sites.



Galapagos major events