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Patagonia in Photos Exposition

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We invite you to join us for the opening of Patagonia in Photosthe Fourth Patagonia Photo Contest Exhibition
Thursday, March 28, 7:30 p.m.
Espacio Fundación Telefónica (Avenida Providencia 127, Santiago, Chile)
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Mining vs. Environment in Chile Chico

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Los Domos. Photo: Doerte PietronLos Domos. Photo: Doerte Pietron
 
 
By Tomás Moggia and Cristóbal Pérez
 
Editors Note: The following is from Issue 19
 
In a measure celebrated worldwide and called historic, then president of Chile, Michelle Bachelet, together with conservationist Kristine McDivitt Tompkins signed decrees to create five new national parks at the beginning of 2018 that would help to form a “Route of Parks in Chilean Patagonia.” Despite widespread jubilation, as the weeks passed, voices opposed to the measure gradually began to speak out, arguing that one of the new parks, Patagonia National Park in Aysen, would have an especially strong impact on the mining industry.
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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.
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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). 
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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. 
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