The Beak of the Finch Short Essay - Answer Key

Jonathan Weiner
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1. Describe the view from the peak of Daphne Major.

From the peak of Daphne Major, one can see many of the other islands of the archipelago, including Santiago and Isabela. One can also see the Pacific Ocean and many species of animals, including birds and tortoises.

2. Describe the typical method of arrival on Daphne Major.

In order to get to Daphne Major, one has to ride in a rowboat to a specific, relatively nonthreatening piece of the coastline. One has to wait for the waves to get the boat into the precise position necessary, and then one has to jump from the boat to a piece of flat rock "which has the surface area of a large welcome mat."

3. How do the Grants collect blood samples from the finches?

The Grants collect blood samples from the finches by taking their wing tip in hand, briefly washing it with alcohol, and quickly making an injection.

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