Running Rivers, Soaring Condors and Writing History: July and August News


July and August News

The snows had come and gone, and then they came again here at the future Patagonia National Park.  All told, this winter has proved one of the longest and snowiest in recent memory.  The wildlife recovery team has made good use of the weather: to expand the puma research program, they tracked and collared eight big cats in the past few months, using snowy pawprints to find these elusive predators.   Cristián Saucedo, our Conservation Director, talks about the capture of one of the park’s older male pumas in this story.

As the long-anticipated spring approaches, our team begins preparing for a busy summer season.  We’ve launched an updated version of our website, with expanded visitor and natural history information.  Meanwhile, we’ve developed a new umbrella site to encompass the work of our “sister organizations,”  The Conservation Land Trust and the Foundation for Deep Ecology, as well as the personal ecological agriculture projects of Kris and Doug Tompkins. The new Tompkins Conservation site provides an overview of these diverse but related conservation initiatives in Chile, Argentina and beyond. Check it out!

Lagunas Altas Trail

Meanwhile, we’re working towards establishing the future Patagonia National Park as a center for the alternative vision for Patagonia that so many of us share: one rooted in protecting and celebrating its spectacular natural resources.  As always, if you are inspired to join us in creating this 650,000-acre new flagship national park, please donate now.

Below you get the photo highlights of the past two months at Conservacion Patagonica.  Click the photos or captions to read the full story. We publish our newsletter every two months: sign up here if you would like to receive this bulletin via email.

New Species Award Kris Tompkins

Rediscovering Bagual: tracking pumas through the winter snow

The diverse talents of the wildlife team have made for landmark successes in puma monitoring and research this winter. MORE

First Day of Classes

A History of Valle Chacabuco

We’ve put together a history of the Chacabuco Valley, including relevant regional events and political movements.  Check it out! MORE


Endangered Aysen: Rios to Rivers and Los Escualos team up for fun and conservation on the Baker River

Fun’s a strong force for conservation. As we’ve seen for ourselves, adventures in wild landscapes engage us profoundly in the future of these places. MORE

Partying for Conservation: high school grad throws fundraiser 

CP’s hero of the month, Kate Harrison, throws a fundraiser for her two favorite environmental causes, including Conservacion Patagonica!  MORE

Species Profile: Andean Condor

One of the largest and longest-living birds on earth, the Andean condor is a symbol of power, health and liberty for the people of Patagonia. MORE

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