Since we pioneered nature and wildlife tours in South America twenty years ago, conservation has always been a permanent source of inspiration and a major guideline for the way we work in the field, acting according to a strict ethos which puts the well-being of wildlife first and foremost. By getting our wildlife, including the endangered species, under public attention, we bring awareness on the problematics that threaten their subsistance.
One of the emblems of avian conservation in Chile and Patagonia is the endangered continental population of the Ruddy-headed Goose, Chloephaga rubidiceps that lives along the rivers in the steppes and edge of forest around the Straits of Magellan. It has showed a steady declining trend, and recent population surveys have shown no more than 400 remaining birds and only around 20 breeding pairs in the continent, making it one of the most endangered birds in South America.
For years we have contributed to the knowledge and protection of these unique geese by providing accurate data on their occurrence and breeding status, supporting a network of local researchers and conservationists who are conducting research and are implementing a plan that includes a preliminary captive breeding programme, active monitoring of the breeding pairs and movements of the different groups within the continental population, and habitat recovery. All this combined effort should translate into a slow but hopefully steady recovery of this patagonian wild goose, and we will keep on contributing with our little grain to help move in that direction.