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Candice Gaukel Andrews

A multiple award-winning author and writer specializing in nature-travel topics and environmental issues, Candice has traveled around the world, from the Arctic Circle to Antarctica, and from New Zealand to Scotland's far northern, remote regions. Her assignments have been equally diverse, from covering Alaska’s Yukon Quest dogsled race to writing a history of the Galapagos Islands to describing and photographing the national snow-sculpting competition in her home state of Wisconsin. In addition to being a five-time book author, Candice's work has also appeared in several national and international publications, such as The Huffington Post and Outside Magazine Online. To read her web columns and see samples of her nature photography, visit her website at and like her Nature Traveler Facebook page at


New Galapagos Finch Evolves in Just Two Generations

An amazing thing recently happened on Daphne Major in the Galapagos: scientists witnessed a new species of Darwin’s finch evolve in only two generations.

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Scientists Shine a Light on Shark Secrets in the Galapagos

The endangered scalloped hammerhead shark is shy and mysterious. Now, two new discoveries in the Galapagos may help to ensure their continued survival. 

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Coffee and Conservation: Can an Introduced Plant Do Good in the Galapagos?

Conservationists hope that building a market for local, shade-grown coffee in the Galapagos Islands will help restore vital Scalesia forests. 

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UNESCO Punts on Galapagos Tourism Growth Issue for Another Two Years

To conserve the Galapagos Islands, the United Nations wants Ecuador to develop a tourism strategy within two years that includes a moratorium on the construction of new tourism projects and that limits the number of flights. Can the fragile islands withstand the onslaught of visitors that long?

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Flying into the Clouds, the Great Frigate Bird Way

Great frigate birds fly as high as parts of the Rocky Mountains and stay aloft for as long as 56 days. According to a new study, that’s not all they can do. 

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Galapagos: Rights of Nature Versus Climate Change Wrongs

Ecuador was the world’s first country to recognize the rights of nature in its constitution. But climate change may cause half of that nature to soon be lost. 

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Galapagos Species Found: A New Tortoise and a No-Longer Bird

Old museum specimens have recently led to new animal discoveries in the Galapagos Islands. What other finds could be lurking in the collections?

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Galapagos: Will Alien Invaders Take Down Its Avian World?

Birds in the Galapagos are being devastated by an alien fly species. Will this be the start of a never-before-seen era of extinctions in the iconic islands?

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2012 Marks the World Heritage Convention’s 40th Anniversary

On November 16, 1972, the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) adopted the World Heritage Convention. It was an historic milestone: The treaty was a giant step forward in helping to protect and conserve those places around the planet that “through their natural beauty or cultural resonance have left an indelible mark on humanity’s collective imagination.” 

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First Time in the Galápagos: Conservation Issues Get Real

Those of us who travel often find out that there is no better way to prove yourself, to test your most fondly held beliefs, and to discover which issues mean the most to you than by stepping outside your normal routine and comfort zone. So when I had an opportunity to travel to the Galápagos Islands in January, I felt I was up to the challenge of venturing about as far away from my everyday life as I could get.

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