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The Chilean Herpetology Network Organizes the II Colloquium on Amphibians and Reptiles

  It will be held in Parque Katalapi on December 7-9, 2011


The Chilean Network of Herpetology (RECH) was created during the I Colloquium on Amphibians and Reptiles held in Parque Katalapi last year. Its primary objective was to promote the communications among Chilean Herpetologists. This network is co-directed by Drs Helen Diaz (Universidad de Concepcion-Los Angeles) and Marcela Vidal (Universidad del Bio Bio-Chillan). As part of their activities in the network, Drs Díaz and Vidal are now organizing the II Colloquium on Amphibians and Reptiles. The event will be held in Parque Katalapi on December 7-9, 2011. The colloquium will consist of short communications, conferences and round table discussions. The main lecturers will be Charif Tala (Ministerio del Medio Ambiente, Antonieta Labra (Universidad de Oslo), Marcos Mendez (Universidad de Chile), Mario Penna (Universidad de Chile), Nora Ibarguengoytía  (Universidad del Comahue), and Barry Sinervo (Universidad de California). In addition, participants will be able to visit Parque Katalapi to appreciate its herpetofauna. For more information, please download the poster and instructions (in Spanish) or write to the organizers ( ).

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Tale-teller: Katalapi develops entertaining educative game

Play on-line now and learn on whales in our site

By clicking on the CD at the left, you will see a 2 minutes animation with music and sound effects, but without conversations and spoken or written words. The idea is that after a child sees the video, he “tells the tale”. This will help him to develop his creativity, language and communication abilities and integrate environmental knowledge. In the same page, there are digital games and exercises for children of all ages that teach how to know and love whales. Teachers can download without charge a document for classroom activities that link the animation with the official program of elementary education in Chile. If you wish to receive a notice when the next animation is released, send us an email to

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Spanish Forest Ecophysiologists decide to continue with The Spring Colloquium next year

Attendants to the I Spring Colloquium on Forest Ecophysiology
Spanish forest ecophysiologists decide unanimously to continue with the Spring Colloquium next year

Spanish forest ecophysiologists met in Espejo (Alava, Basque Country) in the I Spring Colloqium on Forest Ecophysiology. This Colloquium was designed according to the model of The Katalapi Summer Colloquia, which have been held at Parque Katalapi (Región de los Lagos, Chile) for the last 6 years.  More than 60 researcher and students from Spanish universities and research institutes attended the event. Dr Luis J Corcuera, Reserach Director of Parque Katalapi also attended the meeting. The Colloquium was organized by Dr José Ignacio García-Plazaola (Universidad del País Vasco) and Dr Jaume Flexas (Universidad de las Islas Baleares). The importance of this meeting is that this is the first time that Spanish forest ecophysiologists meet by themselvesin Spain. The spirit and enthusiasm of the participants was similar to that found during the Colloquia at Parque Katalapi. At the end of the colloquium the attendants voted unanimously to continue with the colloquium next year at a place to be defined. Meanwhile, the date for the next Katalapi Summer Colloquiummon Plant Ecophysiology has been set for 20-22 de Enero de 2012  at Parque Katalapi, Región de Los Lagos, Chile.


Entomologists Discover Extraordinary Moth Biodiversity in Katalapi Park

Hugo Benítez, Maria Jose Sanzana Muñoz, Einer Sepulveda Zuñiga and Christian Muñoz-Escobar

Geometridae biodiversity hotspot would extend at least between San Ignacio del Huinay and Katalapi Park

A group of entomologists from the University of Concepción finalized their stay in Katalapi Park, with the encouraging capture estimate of over 30 species of geometridae (night butterflies associated with native forests), during two capture sessions. "For a similar sampling effort in other places, we are used to capturing around 5 species", said Hugo Benítez, Master´s candidate of the group led by Dr. Luis Parra, "so for this reason we are assuming that we are in a place with extraordinary biodiversity".

During the same field trip to Katalapi, the group also installed traps to capture coleoptera, which they hope to identify later in the laboratory. The capture rate for coleoptera seemed to respond to normal patterns, for which reason the spotlight centered undoubtedly on the geometridae.

The only other place in Chile where geometridae sampling has been done with such abundant results, has been in San Ignacio del Huinay, private protected area located near Hornopirén, approximately 100 kilometers south of Katalapi Park. The working hypothesis for these entomologists is that the area found between both parks would belong to the same "hotspot", the limits of which are still unknown.

The research group will classify and taxonomically categorize the moths during the coming months. The entomologists will return to Katalapi for sampling efforts during other seasons of the year, and so complete the species collection.


"Cata in Kata", Cheers to wine tasting!

Scientists enjoying wine tasting in Katalapi

As each year in January, Parque Katalapi organized this summer a "Cata in Kata" (wine-tasting in Katalapi). This event is designed for a non-expert public with a desire to learn to appreciate national and foreign wines.

In addition to offering a depth of knowledge and interesting data regarding vitiiculture, our sommelier Hernán "Papurri" Cabrera told ethylic anecdotes which drew applause and laughs from the approximately 30 participants, which included renown foreign researchers who this year were on a stay in Katalapi Park during the date of the event. Participants extolled the quality of the samples included in the event, as well as the environment of camaraderie created.