University of North Texas efforts highlighted at EXPO Milan 2015
With great success the Sub-Antarctic Research Center Cape Horn was presented at the EXPO Milan 2015. This year's World's Fair or Universal Exposition is hosted by Milan, Italy, following a tradition originated with the French Industrial Exposition of 1844 held in Paris. On September 20, 2015, the event held in the Chilean Pavilion at EXPO-Milan. Chile's ambassador in Italy, Mr. Fernando Ayala, highlighted the international partnership among the University of Magallanes (UMAG), the Institute of Ecology and Biodiversity (IEB), Omora Foundation, and the University of North Texas (UNT) in the development of this new scientific center that will be located at the southernmost tip of the Americas.
Ambassador Ayala emphasized the three functions of this new international center: transdisciplinary research integrating environmental sciences and ethics, higher education, and sustainable tourism linked to the UNESCO network of biosphere reserves. This will position the innovative US-Chile partnership led by UNT, UMAG and IEB, in the forefront of the integration of sciences, the arts and education in environmental ethics and biocultural conservation in the context of global socio-environmental change. The presentation sponsored by Fundación Imagen de Chile, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Chile, the Chilean Embassy in Italy, Consulate General of Chile in Italy, Dolomiti Bellunesi National Park, the universities of Padua and Milan in Italy, and the Honorary Consulate of Chile in Vicenza. Filmed by GC Records, Camisano Vicentino, Italy.
Male Magellanic woodpecker and its chick in Navarino Island. March 2013
Male Magellanic woodpecker feeding on a fallen Nothofagus pumilio log in Navarino Island. January 2013
Years ago Jaime Jimenez was thrilled by the very nature of the Magellanic Woodpeckers (Campephilus magellanicus) in the deep Nothofagus forests of southern Chile! This was not only by its self-confident appearance, but also by their gracious behavior, complex calls and communication, and by their ways of finding food. This is still very intriguing. Not surprisingly it is called the roster of the forest, because of the bright color of the male's head. The Magellanic woodpecker is the largest extant woodpecker in the Americas and a close relative of the Ivory-billed (Campephilus principalis) and Imperial (Campephilus imperialis) woodpeckers.
Last year we started studying them in the world's southernmost forest at the Omora Park, in the Cape Horn Region of southern Chile. By radio-tracking these birds we could estimate their home ranges and habitat preferences during the summer and winter, as well as their spatial arrangements and movement paths. Two of the 6 birds we were tracking were found dead, one in the snow and another in an exotic American mink den. This season we are fitting a few more individuals with radios to continue our research on how they move through the forest. It was in one of our field trips that I was able to get within a close range of this male woodpecker, whose mate was feeding nearby on the ground. By moving quietly and slowly, I could observe them resting and preening for extended periods, and most frequently, feeding. Their diet primarily consists of wood-boring larvae that they obtain by drilling into dead wood, or dead parts of trees. How they find them, and why they do not get headaches when drilling is still a mystery. I was very fortunate to be able to capture this video of the male feeding at close range. It made my day.
El uso de placa solares en Magallanes, ya es una realidad. May 7, 2012.
Please see the link for the video class lecture on Aug. 29th.