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Chilean Patagonian naturalists Gladys Garay and Oscar Guineo will present the findings from their wildlife studies on the Andean condor and huémul deer at Pajarito Environmental Education Center, 7 p.m. on Sept. 5.
The huémul deer are an endangered species native to the mountains of Argentina and Chile in the Patagonia region.
The Andean condor, a threatened species, is a large, black vulture.
The Andean condor is a national symbol of several South American countries, and it has traditionally played an important role in the folklore and mythology of the region.
The duo will entertain with findings and stories of these fascinating animals.
The event is free to attend, and no advance registration is required.
Garay and Guineo are well known and respected experts on the ecology and wildlife of the Magallanes Region of Chile.
Together they have written and published various books and maps on the flora and fauna of Chilean Patagonia.
Since the 1980s, they have worked on different wildlife projects with Iowa State University, University of Connecticut, private companies, and environmental and governmental organizations.
Most recently, they headed a study of the endangered húemul deer.
Guineo was born and raised on the Island of Chiloé. As a young man he was one of the first generation of park rangers assigned to Torres del Paine National Park, hired soon after the park opened in the mid-1970s.
He was involved in much of the work that transformed Torres del Paine into the world-renowned park of today. Along with British colleague John Gardner, he designed one of the most popular trails in the park, the “O” or circuit trail.
Garay was born on the island of Tierra del Fuego. As a young girl she was fascinated with the plants and animals of Patagonia and decided at the age of five to work with wildlife.
True to her dream, she obtained her biology degree from the Catholic University in Santiago.
Also offered the first week in September, take a guided tour of Jemez Pueblo on Sept. 7.
The public will also get the opportunity to explore the Red Rocks formations and learn about the history and culture of the Jemez people who have lived there for centuries.
Mary Pecos, a guide at the Walatowa Visitor Center, will lead the group on a 1.5 mile hike through the beautiful landscape in the Jemez Pueblo. Mary will talk about the geology and native plants of the area, as well as how the local residents use the plants.
The group will meet 7:30 p.m. at PEEC to carpool to the Walatowa Visitor Center. The cost is $6 per person, and this program is limited to 10 people. To reserve a spot visit pajaritoeec.org, email programs@pajaritoeec.org or call 662-0460. 

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