In 2005, Explorers Club members, Roger Frey and Len Wheatly, traveled to two islands off the coast of Chile as part of the Feather Link team. The stark contrast they found between the two sites is a sobering portrait of what is possible in the future for the penguins of Chile.
The thrill of discovery is every explorer's dream. In 2005, Feather Link researchers traveled to Islote Leonard, not knowing what to expect. They were not disappointed. (In Spanish with photos.)
Although not as exciting as initial discovery the gathering of data is paramount when trying to document the status of a species. From 2000-2006 Feather Link researchers recorded sightings of the Striated Caracara and expanded what is known about this very interesting raptor.
The Mystery of Recalada
No matter how much analysis, measurement or conjecture is done the story of Ilsa Recalada will probably never be known. It is the unraveling of the unknown that drives Feather Link researchers to do what they do.
Punta Arenas is the nearest city to where Feather Link is working. For any conservation effort to be successful it is critical that local people be accepting, informed and involved. (In Spanish with photos).
As a species declines in numbers when, and in what way, is the best approach to intervention? Quite often the question and the answer come too late.