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Bird Study, Chile, Chile 2008, Expeditions and Travels, Science

Tierra del Fuego – The Beauty of This Land

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Previous Post After returning from Tierra del Fuego I am often asked the question is it a beautiful place? It’s not an easy question to answer; my response, at least in my head, is to ask what makes a place beautiful? I wonder: must a place have obviously awe-inspiring features like a mighty mountain, or plunging, pristine waterfall to earn our respect? Or can we appreciate land like we do most people, not with a glance but with a relationship? Are there as many scales of beauty for land as there are among people? The part of Tierra del Fuego…

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Bird Study, Chile, Chile 2008, Expeditions and Travels, Red Knot, Science, Shorebird

Tierra del Fuego – Gale Winds and Shorebirds

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Previous Post Our Seventh Expedition to Tierra del Fuego: 1/20/08 Our Friday morning started by saying goodbye to Sergio and Gabriella, the veterinary students from University of Santo Thomas. Their major professor is Carmen Espoz. Carmen left the night before. We were sorry to see them go; they are hard working intelligent people who are always willing to lend a hand. Now we have a team of 7 people, small but adequate. (Carmen with her daughter Antonia.)   While working on the catch of Magellanic Oystercatchers, Ricardo found a new roost for red knot, the oddest one we had ever…

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Bird Study, Chile, Chile 2008, Expeditions and Travels, Red Knot, Science, Shorebird

Tierra del Fuego – Our First Catch of Knots

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Previous Post Our Seventh Expedition to Tierra del Fuego: 1/18/08 Guy Morrison and Ken Ross carried out their recount but found no more knots than on their first aerial count of the bay. They plan to fly a third time to confirm the count but already it seems certain that the red knot population in Bahia Lomas has fallen by a further 30% over the past year. It’s premature to ask why, but along with declines in other wintering areas, it appears that the red knot population may be in greater danger than it was only a year ago. In…

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Bird Study, Chile, Chile 2008, Expeditions and Travels, Red Knot, Science, Shorebird

Tierra del Fuego is Still Losing Red Knots

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Previous Post Our Seventh Expedition to Tierra del Fuego Humphrey and I left Punta Arenas early to survey the area for red knots along the Strait of Magellan at high tide. We left our comfortable digs at the Hotel Noriega at 7.00 am, leaving the rest of the team to pull together all we would need for the first leg of our three week field trip. Fortunately Jorge Jordan and his staff lent us a hand, gathering equipment left since last year, helping to arrange hard-to-get supplies as well as organizing rooms at the hotel. (Jorge Jordan and Mandy at…

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Bird Study, Chile, Chile 2008, Expeditions and Travels, Red Knot, Science, Shorebird

2008 Expedition to Tierra del Fuego

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Our Seventh Expedition to Tierra del Fuego: 1/12/08 Our seventh expedition to Tierra del Fuego began with an early evening arrival at Punta Arenas Airport. This small city has either grown more attractive over the last 7 years or we have gradually awakened to its often subtle qualities. Chile has grown more integrated into the world economic system in the last seven years, even establishing a free trade agreement with the US. There are a few chain stores, but even those give a cosmopolitan feel as they are Chilean or European rather than US. I don’t remember coming across a…

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