* The Chilean Network of Herpetology (RECH) held its II Colloquium of Amphibians and Reptiles at the Research and Environmental Education Center Katalapi Park, from December 7-9.
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The purpose of the Colloquium was to present the latest research advances with respect to the biology, ecology, and conservation of amphibians and reptiles. This knowledge is essential for the understanding of the strong declination that these animals are suffering worldwide, specially amphibians.
Among thChilean herpetologists defined their activities for 2012 in Katalapie outstanding reports are the successful procedure to reproduce “Darwin's frog” in captivity and the advances to understand ways and evolution of acoustic and visual communication in amphibians and reptiles. The general discussion for their conservation was important for defining 2012 activities.
The event was organized by Professors Helen Diaz (Universidad de Concepción-Los Angeles) and Marcela Vidal (Universidad del Bio Bio-Chillán). In addition to the numerous Chilean researchers, several foreing researchers also participated in this meeting. Barry Sinervo (U. de California-Sta. Cruz), Carmen Ubeda (Argentina), Nora Ibarguengoytia (Argentina), and Fausto Méndez (México) delivered outstanding lectures.
During the Colloquium , RECH included a new member in its steerring committee to link the network with government services, to improve information flux towards institutions such as Ministerio del Medio Ambiente, SAG and CONAF. Gabriel Lobos (Universidad de Chile), with the support of Marta Mora (Universidad Mayor), will be responsible of this task. He will also lead the organization of a workshop on capture and management of herpetozoans during the first half of 2012. The results of this workshop will be published in a book, which will be delivered to public services, NGOs, and consulting firms related to environmental impacts evaluation.
Julio San Martín (Universidad del Mar Talca) was appointed as New Membrecy and Communications Officer. Andrés Charrier (P. Universidad Católica) was appointed for conservation communications. Marcela Vidal (Universidad del Bio Bio) and Helen Díaz (Universidad de Concepción) were re-elected as coordinators of the Network. Antonieta Labra, Felipe Rabanal, Claudio Correa y Gabriel Lobos will function as their advisors.
The I Colloquium on Silviculture of Chilean native forests was held between November 30 and December 2, 2011. The purpose of the Colloquium was to unite Chilean and foreign scientists whose research is oriented towards native forest management discuss and enhance research in this area. During the three days of the Colloquium the scientists presented their work on native forests silviculture. The discussion was centered around production of wood and fiber.
Among the Chilean scientiststs participated Gustavo Cruz (Universidad de Chile), Pablo Donoso (Universidad Austral de Chile), Burkhard Müller-Using (Universidad de Concepción), Celso Navarro (Universidad Católica de Temuco), Christian Salas (Universidad de la Frontera), Rómulo Santelices (Universidad Católica del Maule), Rafael Coopman (Universidad Austral de Chile) and Alvaro Promis (Universidad de Chile). Foreign researcher that made presentations were Robert Allen (Landcare Research of New Zealand) and Guillermo Martínez Pastur (CADIC, Argentina).
The last day of the Colloquium there was a field tripto visit silvicultural assays in the evergreen forest near the town of Correntoso and next to Alerce Andino National Park. In the afternoon, there was a discussion on challenges ahead to enhance silviculture in Chile
A book based on the presentations and discussions during the Colloquium will be published on “Avances en Silvicultura de Bosques Nativos”,. This book will be the first of a series based on topics discussed in future colloquia. It was also agreed to organize a Colloquium every two years. This first version of the Colloquium was organized by the academics Pablo Donoso and Alvaro Promis, and sponsored by The faculty of Forest Sciences and Natural Resources of Universidad Austral de Chile and Faculty of Forest Sciences and nature Conservation of Universidad de Chile.
Katalapi Scientific Colloquia are small meeting of up to 35 scientists and graduate students. During each colloquium, scientist and students present their scientific work. In addition, round table discussions are held on relevant topics to the colloquium discipline. Of course, attendants also enjoy the trails of Katalapi Park. All this is done in a friendly environment to promote research collaboration and biodiversity conservation. During this season, two colloquia already took place: “I Colloquium on Antarctic research: Present and Future of the Flora” (Organized by the Chilean National Committee of Antarctic Research) and the “I Colloquium on Plant Ecology and Ecophysiology (Organized by Universidad de Concepcion and Instituto de Ecología y Biodiversidad). At the end of November will take place the “I Colloquium on Silviculture (Organized by Universidad Austral de Chile); the II Colloquium on Amphibians and Reptiles will be in December 2011 (Organized by Universidad del Bio Bio and Universida with Concepcion). The Katalapi Colloquia Season will close in January 2012 with the VII Colloquium on Plant Ecophysiology (Organized by Universidad de Concepcion). Many Chilean scientists and more than 20 foreign scientists have attended to these meetings. The result of these colloquia have been numerous collaborative national and international research projects, visits for students to centers abroad, and the creation of The Chilran Network of Herpetology in 2010 (Coordinated by Drs Marcela Vidal and Helen Díaz of Universities of Bio Bio and Concepcion-Los Angeles, respectively) and the Antarctic Plant Sciences Network (Coordinated by Dr. Gustavo Zúñiga, Universidad de Santiago de Chile). Thus, the Katalapi Colloquia have been a powerful tool for the promotion of scientific development of disciplines that tend to study and conserve our animal and plant diversity.
A group of 25 children and parents of San José School from the city of Osorno, visited Katalapi Park in order to do outdoor environmental education activities, and gain knowledge of nature and biodiversity.
The group, which included 9-13 year old children, functions as a "Recycling Workshop" in their school. Children voluntarily collect reusable materials -specially paper- which they gather in special containers placed in classrooms, and then deliver to recycling centers.
"We have been organized as a recycling group for 3 years", says teacher Hilce Hinostroza, "and the field trip to Katalapi Park is part of a constant effort we make to get to know the nature that we are helping to protect. This is what gives meaning to our trash-collecting efforts."
During the two-day stay in the Park, kids learned to recognize native vegetation trough active outdoor games such as "Biodiversity Races" and the "Katalapi Treasure Hunt". They also had the possibility to hone their observation skills through activities such as "Camouflaged I Observe Birds that Visit Notro Trees".
The VII International Colloquium on Plant Ecophysiology will take place at Parque Katalapi from January 21.23, 2012. This event is aimed at cientists and graduate students interested in problems that plants must face in their environment. The Colloquium program is composed of conferences, round table discussions, and short scientific presentations. The invited lecturers are Tim Colmer (Australia), Hans Lambers (Australia), Rafael Oliveira (Brazil), and Manuel Pinto (Chile). Parque Katalapi is located in the Chilean Patagonia at 20 Km from Puerto Montt by Carretera Austral. This is a unique opportinity to visit an evergreen temperate rain forest, which covers most of the park. Those interested in participating in the Colloquium may download registration instruccions from this site (see below) and contact Dr Luis J. Corcuera at email@example.com or dial 56-41-2203586 (Office) o 92490228 (mobile).