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New "Magellanic Woodpecker Trail" Inaugurated in Katalapi with University of Los Lagos Visit

Male Woodpecker
Students from Los Lagos University guided by Dr Daniel Varela

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 If you wish a printed copy, contact



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:


Biologists published a paper on the acclimation capacity of the photosynthetic apparatus of three ferns from Katalapi

The Katalapi fern

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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With the opportunity to apply outdoor environmental education activities designed by themselves, teachers studying the Master´s in Education program at the Universidad de la Frontera (UFRO) spent an active weekend in Parque Katalapi. The visit to the park was focused on implementing activities that were fun, hands-on, and instructive, designed by the participating teachers, in such a way as to meet high standards of educational quality and specific environmental education objectives.

With an admirably positive attitude of enjoyment in the face of pouring rain, teachers laughed and learned with games and activities such as “The Question-Asking Trail”, “Pumas and Huemules”, “Environemntal Detectives”, “In Search of Biodiversity”, “The Forest is an Erosion Barrier”(Picture), and “Let´s Plant a Tree”.

“Emerald Mushroom” found in Katalapi Park

While walking the park´s trails, the teachers discovered the “Emerald Mushroom” (Entoloma necopinatum), which caught their eye due to its green color. They felt privileged to learn that they thus become some of the select few people on Earth that have seen this elusive and scarce fungus. The species was found and described for the first time in 1977, in the outskirts of Osorno, by the renown Austrian mycologist Dr. Egon Horak. It was never collected again until the year 2007, this time in Katalapi Park by the same Dr. Horak, accompanied by Dr. Goetz Pfalmer, from the University of Concepción. Since then, it had not been seen again. The chemical structure of the compound that gives it its green color is unknown. It is an endemic fungus to the temperate rainforests of southern Chile. According to Dr. Pfalmer, E. necopinatum is the only Chilean green mushroom