“Un buen día para vivir”

By Devan Pensinger  It was surprisingly sunny as we drove into town of Tortel to begin our first big excursion of the semester. Tortel would be our home base as we prepared for backpacking and conducting fieldwork in the temperate rainforests of coastal Chile in Bernardo O’Higgins National Park. Although only three hours from Cochrane,…

Jeinimeni!

By Eric Van Dam (University of New Hampshire)   Sunsets are a funny thing in Patagonia. As the leaves on the ñirre trees unfurl from their aromatic bundles and newly-born guanacos take their first shaky steps over mats of neneo grande on the dusty valley floor of the Chacabuco, the austral summer marches ever forward.…

Cerro Tamanguito

By Sylvia Kinosian (University of Vermont)   Being up high is somewhere I’ve always loved to be. As a kid I climbed trees, rocks, scampered around on my roof, pressed my nose to airplane windows. I fell in love with hiking in the Adirondacks, standing atop Mount Marcy, above all of New York State. Mountaintop…

Presenting our work to CONAF

November 20, 2014 By Isabelle Lazarus (University of Vermont)   Three weeks ago, at a casual visit to the internet café, our instructors were approached by the “upper ups” of CONAF (i.e. the bosses of Orlando and Felidor, the guardasparques from los fiordos) about presenting the research we collected from our month spent in Bernardo…

Our Trip to Palm Springs

November 28, 2014 By Karissa Killian (Westminster College)   Who knew that Namibia had a natural paradise so similar to that of Palm Springs in the United States? In fact, it has the same name: Palmfontein. Fontein means spring in Afrikaans and when we arrived in Palmfontein after joking about vacationing in Palm Springs, it…