The “Forest Recovery Course” that took place on June 29th and 30th at Katalapi Park, ended with important lessons and valuable contacts made amongst assistants. Registrants included approximately 30 participants from Santiago, Talca, Linares, Temuco, Lago Ranco, Osorno, San Juan de la Costa, Valdivia, Puerto Montt, and San Francisco del Huinay. Presentations included, amongst others:
• "History of use and current state of forests in central-southern Chile. Causes, degradation agents" (José Luis Celis, Senda Darwin);
• "Model for restoration or rehabilitation of areas affected by forest fires (Ignacio Fernández-PUC).
• "Concepts and considerations for restoration project execution" (Fernando Bustos- GlobalChile).
Attendants also enjoyed the field visit in Katalapi, where they had the opportunity to see an area of native forest that was enriched with Coigue de Chiloé plants 14 years ago, as well as another area of passive restoration. The course was part of the project titled "Improvement of Abilities and Competencies of the Human Capital in the Forest Sector, to Increase the Competitive of Native Forests", financed by INNOVA CORFO. The project aims to improve the quality of action by professionals and technicians involved in the management of native forests.
The course was coordinated by Sabine Muller (INFOR) and Forest Engineer (e), Fernando Bustos, expert consultant in ecological restoration projects, and co-investigator with the Austral University of Chile, as well as Director of GlobalChile Consultants Ltd., and Chilean representative of the Ibero American and Caribbean Network of Ecological Restoration (RIACRE).
The newly finished "Magellanic Woodpecker Trail" was oficially opened on Saturday June 26th, with the visit of a group of environmental engineering students from the University of Los Lagos (ULA). The loop trail goes through
Katalapi Park´s adult forests, then runs beside the Tepual stream, before returning to the Administration area. The ULA group took approximatly 2 and a half hours to walk the full circuit.
The “Magellanic Woodpecker Trail” was named so due to the routine presence of a Campephilus magellanicus (magellanic woodpecker) pair, which were seen almost every morning by the trail construction crew formed by Ricardo Hernández y Alejandro Martínez. The magellanic woodpecker is a species endemic to the temperate rainforest, the largest woodpecker in the world, and as such, it is considered a great attraction for birdwatchers. Magellanic woodpeckers usually follow a daily routine, in which they visit different habitual feeding spots. It is assumed that the woodpeckers used to visiting Katalapi Park come down from the Quillaipe Range, attracted by old trees within which they find their food: wood insect larvae.
The ULA group did not have the privilege of sighting the woodpeckers, however, they did use Katalapi field guides (trees, ferns, lichens, and bushes) to enrich their biodiversity learning experience (picture: students display their field guides).
During may, the re-edition of "Children´s Green Book", authored by Katalapi Park directors Ana María Vliegenthart and Elisa Corcuera, was initiated. The text, beautifully illustrated by Adrian Menjíbar, presents the main topics of current environmental issues as simple concepts, accompanied by interesting side facts and suggesting fun activities for children to improve their surroundings and the world.
The second edition of the "Children´s Green Book" was organized by Ximena Abogabir of Casa de la Paz Foundation and supported by D&S, which over the next few months will finance several prints, until a total of 35 thousand books are issued. The book´s ten chapters are Animals, Plants, Water, Air, Soil, Energy, Global Changes, Waste, Ecotourism, and Environmental Audit. The first edition of the book was done in 1995, by Casa de la Paz with UNICEF support, and was later also published by chapters as "La Tercera" newspaper´s "Icarito" magazine. In this new version, information has been updated, and emerging topics have been included.
The book is available online at www.libroverde.cl. If you wish a printed copy, contact email@example.com
The 1st Reptile and Amphipian Conservatioon Colloquium will be held December 8-10th in Katalapi Park. The Colloqium is organized by professors Marcela Vidal and Helen Díaz-Páez, from the universities of Concepción and Bío Bío, respectively. This event will consist of conferences, round tables, and free communications. The preliminary program for the conferences is the following: Inauguration Conference: Amphibian and Reptile Conservation (Presenter to be chosen); Conference 1: Taxonomic and Systematic History of Herpetological Fauna in Chile, and their Relevance for Conservation (Claudio Correa and Fernando Torres); Conference 2: Reptile and Amphibian Conservation Based on their Distribution Patterns (Marcela Vidal and Helen Díaz-Páez); Conference 3: Reproduction Biology and Conduct Biology: their potential for amphibian and reptile conservation (José Nuñez – Antonieta Labra); Conference 4: Decline of Amphibians and Reptiles: causes and remedial strategies for conservation (Pablo Espejo); Conference 5: Genetics of Amphibian and Reptile Conservation (Marco Méndez). The Colloqium will take place in Parque Katalapi, which is located on the Carretera Austral, 18 km outside the city of Puerto Montt, Tenth Region, Chile. Parties interested
in participating and obtaining additional information can write the organizers at the following email: firstname.lastname@example.org
A group of biologists, all collaborators of Katalapi Park, led by Dr Alfredo Saldaña, just published a paper in the journal Ecological Research 25: 273–281 (2010), explaining the habitat breath with respect to light of three species of ferns of the Chilean evergreen temperate rain forest. The studied ferns are Blechnum magellanicum (Katalapi), B. mochaenum, and B. pennamarina. The adjustment and functioning of the photosynthetic apparatus appears to be an important acclimation mechanism of the Katalapi fern, which allows it to use a wide breath of light habitat. In turn, B. mochaenum and B pennamarina, that live under the canopy and sun, respectively, show little, if any, acclimation capacity of the photosynthetic apparatus. This is the first in depth study of photosynthetic properties of these ferns
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