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Chile 2007 Catching Godwits and Whimbrels on Chileo Island

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Previous Post With a good catch of Hudsonian Godwits, we had satisfied one of the goals of the Chiloe part of our expedition. Whimbrels proved to more elusive. Problems arose with our two small cannons that threw relatively light projectiles which lost momentum quickly when fired into the wind, even if the wind was not very strong. They were of a different design to those we now use in the US, weighting far less, with less power even though they use more powder. Six years ago, we took these cannons to Chile because they were lighter and easier to transport….

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Chile 2007 Going Home

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Previous Post This image marks the trapping sites on Chiloe Island. The coordinates for Castro, the main city on Chiloe, shown on the bottom left of the image are: S 42 28 00.52 W 73 48 07.81 The Shorebird team has completed its work in Chile and is now en route back to New Jersey. We will update with final posts from this work as soon as the team returns and regroups    

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Chile 2007 – Leaving Tierra del Fuego onward to Chiloe Island

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Previous Post Extraordinary winds complicated our last day on the Island of Tierra Del Fuego. We woke early to breakdown our camp and pack everything as tightly as possible into our two trucks. They could barely carry all our equipment even though some would remain with Carmen and Ricardo on Bahia Lomas so they could finish work on invertebrates and foraging. The sun shone brightly and dried our tents making the packing easier. In the background was a stiff but not uncommon wind. By mid morning the wind had freshened significantly. Humphrey and I left earlier to try and make…

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Chile 2007- Towards a New Wildlife Conservation Center on Bahia Lomas

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Previous Post In as good condition as one can muster coming out of the field Carmen, Humphrey, Ricardo and I met with the administrator of the Province of Primavera, Ivan Herrera, in his office in Cerro Sombrero. Ivan is the deputy mayor of an area that covers much of the Chilean portion of Tierra del Fuego; it is nearly the size of NJ but with a relatively tiny human population. We came to discuss the new biological research center after considerable discussion amongst ourselves as to its location, type and strategic direction. We proposed the center as a new bird…

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Chile]2007- An Important New Food for the Shorebirds of Bahia Lomas

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Previous Post After two days of warm sun and a mild wind the weather has turned to wind and cold rain. Good reason to be writing in the warmth of our cook tent. With little communication from the outside world we seem to have lost our sense of the day of the week and date. We just know how much time we have left. These last two days have opened up an entirely new line of investigation that will require all the time we have. Guy Morrison and Ken Ross completed their yearly flight of the Strait of Magellan and…

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Chile 2007 – Two Populations of Shorebirds on One Bay

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Previous Post Recovering from a 24 hour day of work would be difficult for anyone, but our relatively high average age and the cold damp weather make sleeping in our tents a chore. We finished processing the birds from our night of mist netting an hour after dawn. Without exception we rose bone-tired, eyes swollen from the nearly constant wind, our clothes in serious need of washing, but we felt satisfied with our progress and anxious to start the day. We followed the flock of Red Knots that had gathered at high tide for most of the day. One of…

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Chile 2007 – Trapping Birds Night and Day

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Previous Post We began the day preparing for a cannon net catch of red knots on the salicornia marsh close to our camp. Over the last few days, Knots have gathered in the area during the highest tides looking for a good place to roost. At normal tides the birds spend all their time feeding or roosting along the tide line. But twice in each lunar period, at the new and full moon the high tides rise much higher forcing them to roost ever closer to vegetation bringing them within hunting grounds of predators like the Patagonia fox. These spring…

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Chile Expedition2007 A Tide to Remember

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Previous Post After traveling nearly 8000 miles over two days we have established our camp at Bahia Lomas on the northern shore of the island of Tierra Del Fuego, just inside the entrance to the Strait of Magellan, close to the Atlantic coast. Over the next two weeks, our small team will determine the status of the population of red knots that spend the northern winter on the Bahia Lomas mudflats. When our studies began in 2000, we found more than 50,000 red knots and 26,000 Hudsonian godwits (both pictured at left) spread throughout the length of the Bay. The…

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Shorebirds in Tierra del Fuego Chile 2007

photographer on a intertidal flat in chile
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As the shore bird team prepared to depart to Chile on January 18, 2007, they drafted the following objectives for their trip. From the Shore Bird Team: The objectives of the Sixth Expedition to Bahia Lomas, are the same as those of our previous trips. First, we will survey the birds and the conditions in the bay to determine whether either have significantly changed. The state of the Bahia Lomas population of red knots is critical to the Delaware Bay stopover. Our previous expeditions and work in the Delaware has shown that the primary decline of red knots was a…

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