Researchers seek to protect the southernmost bats in the world

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Looking for individuals by telemetry from the summit of a hill in Tierra del Fuego. Photo: The TrackersLooking for individuals by telemetry from the summit of a hill in Tierra del Fuego. Photo: The Trackers
By Gonzalo Ossa
An unprecedented event in the winter of 2007 left the scientific community in shock. In the state of New York, thousands of bats were found dead in four caves, and its believed that numerous others had perished outside their shelters. This hypothesis coincided with an increase by a factor of ten in the number of dead specimens from the genus Myotis.

Patagon Journal invites you to Cine Outdoor

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Patagon Journal invites you to Cine Outdoor, a special presentation of outdoor and environmental films from Chile, Argentina and Patagonia, on this Saturday, Feb. 23, from 9:30 p.m., at the waterfront amphitheatre of Puerto Varas (across the street from Dreams casino). 

An environmental philanthropy law

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Cerro Castillo National Park. Photo: Catalina BillekeCerro Castillo National Park. Photo: Catalina Billeke
By Eugenio Rengifo
Editors Note: The following is from Issue 19
Chile has changed. Thanks to public and private efforts, in terms of conservation and national parks, the country has been transformed over the past year into a global model of conservation. Patagonia now concentrates 91.3 percent of the areas protected as national parks in Chile. This geographical area, extending from Puerto Montt to Cape Horn, represents a third of the country’s territory with 17 national parks spread over three regions.

Organizations band together to push new river protection law for Chile

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Río Puelo Valley. Photo: Andres AmengualRío Puelo Valley. Photo: Andres Amengual
By Zoe Baiilargeon
Despite the massive strides made in land and marine habitat conservation in Chile over the past few years, the country’s many free-flowing rivers have not been afforded similar preservation. Currently, only 1 percent of the rivers throughout Chile – 12 out of 1,251 – have some level of legal protection.

Immersed in Cape Horn National Park

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Text and photos by Ignacio Palma
Translation by Justin Mueller

A scientific expedition organized by the Subantarctic Biocultural Conservation Program (PCBS) traveled in late January to Hornos Island, located in Cape Horn Archipelago National Park, to research the southernmost ecosystems of the world and the effects of climate change, and to inform Chile’s national forest and parks service (Conaf) efforts to put together a management plan for the area.

Mujer Montaña: Awakening the spirit of mountaineering in South America’s women

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Ascent of Cerro Cinchao, located inside Coyhaique National Reserve. Photo: Griselda MorenoAscent of Cerro Cinchao, located inside Coyhaique National Reserve. Photo: Griselda Moreno
By Zoe Baillargeon and Cristóbal Pérez 
As the home of the mighty Andean mountain range and many other peaks that bypass the over 22,000 feet mark, including Aconcagua, Argentina’s Big Seven addition and the highest peak on the continent, South America is an ideal mountain climbing playground. But these craggy peaks have historically been regarded as the purview of men.

Telling nature's stories: Interview with wildlife documentarian Kevin Zaouali

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Right whale, Puerto Pirámides, Argentina. Photo: Kevin ZaoualiRight whale, Puerto Pirámides, Argentina. Photo: Kevin Zaouali
Peninsula Valdes, in Argentine Patagonia, is internationally renowned for its whale watching. It is an exceptional spot for observing whales due to its sheltered bays, which offer safe harbor for migrating southern right whales to mate, birth, and raise their calves away from the harsh elements and most predators. 

Issue 19 - Epic Treks in Patagonia

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The new edition of Patagon Journal holds 104 pages of brilliant photography and great writing about trekking, the environment, photography, surfing, climbing, fly fishing, travel and more in Patagonia and the world’s last wild places.

Kawésqar National Park is established

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Photo: Antonio VizcainoPhoto: Antonio Vizcaino

Tompkins Conservation - At 2,842,329 hectares of virgin ecosystems, the new Kawésqar National Park has been created, making it the second largest national park in Chile after the Bernardo O´Higgins National Park (3.5 million hectares). Located in the Magallanes region, the park stems from an agreement signed between the Chilean government and Tompkins Conservation in March 2017. It establishes the creation of five new national parks (Melimoyu, Patagonia, Kawésqar, Cerro Castillo and Pumalin Douglas Tompkins) and the extension of three others (Hornopiren, Corcovado and Isla Magdalena).
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