Below is another horrible story about the impending extinction of a
species.  Extinctions are all bad, but this one has a personal touch, as I
had the opportunity to see it in deepest Patagonia.  Santiago Imberti, an
ornithologist, friend, and excellent guide, took a small group of us to
find many of Patagonia's more obscure bird species, including the Austral
Rail, which was presumed extinct but rediscovered by Santiago.  This is
another tale of unintended consequences due to the introduction of trout
and mink into the lakes of southern Patagonia.  Santiago appears in the
well-filmed and produced video.  He's the consummate conservationist and
educator and his efforts may yet save this species and others like the Red
Knot, a shorebird that spends its winters in Argentina.

The video is 30 minutes long but worth viewing.  You'll see other
Patagonian species like guanacos (native camels that were most likely the
ancestors of llamas and perhaps alpacas as well), Chilean flamingo, local
ducks and fox species, and others.  It's in English :).

Bruce Bartrug
Nobleboro, Maine, USA
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The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil, but
because of those who look on and do nothing.  - Albert Einstein

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