(Vi)Scotch on the Rocks

By Ava Lewis (Carleton College)   With the CONAF presentations proudly behind us, we finally got our feet soaked in our first full week of Chacabuco fieldwork. After a short visit to the administración headquarters the previous week, we hit the ground running Saturday morning with a Ñandú survey. Ñandú are a flightless bird native…

Synergy

By Max Carlin (College of St. John’s and St. Ben’s) Another week has passed here in the Aysen region. It is clear now that winter does in fact come to southern Chile: the sun and heat that seemed so eternal have abated lately. The summit of Tamango, the most prominent peak visible from Cochrane, received…

Into the Chacabuco

By Nina Ferrari (University of Vermont) Once settled back at base camp from our overnight in Tamango we were excited by Gilberto’s offer to show us around the campo. After filling up on a breakfast consisting mainly of homemade bread, courtsey of John, we were ready to wrangle some cattle. The campo is about an…

Vamos a la Playa

By Sarah Jonathan (Macalester College) After getting back from the fiords, spending a few days at base camp catching up on academics and taking some time off, we took an overnight trip into the Tamango National Reserve. The reserve is only about 2.5 miles from our base camp, and many of us had run up…

Into the Bush

By Emma Rosenfield What a week! In preparation for our great journey into the bush, we practiced birding on a sunset cruise, met with various organizations to learn about fieldwork, and cut a few inches off of Hailey’s hair. With everything packed onto/into the three vehicles, we headed out on Wednesday for Santawani. We drove…

Into the Bush

By Emma Rosenfeld What a week! In preparation for our great journey into the bush, we practiced birding on a sunset cruise, met with various organizations to learn about fieldwork, and cut a few inches off of Hailey’s hair. With everything packed onto/into the three vehicles, we headed out on Wednesday for Santawani. We drove…

To the North!

by Russell Carter The past few days have been a whirlwind of activity. However, they started out a little slower, when we had the opportunity to dry out next to a fire and rest on the banks of the Rio Orfhidro, which we had made camp next to. After spending the past 7 days trudging…