I just got off the phone with my dad and learned some totally crazy news — my aunt Kathy was only 55 miles north of the epicenter of the magnitude-8.8 earthquake that hit Chile this past weekend. The house where she was staying was destroyed in the quake, but she and her friends were OK because they were out on the beach when it struck.
My dad didn't have a ton of details but did say that they had seen some strong tidal surges and have since moved to Santiago where they are giving whatever aid they can.
My aunt was in Chile working on the Southern Cross Peregrine Project which aims to track the migration routes of female tundra peregrine falcons from Chile to the arctic and back to Chile. The project is being run by the Falcon Research Group, a very cool and small nonprofit organization dedicated to conserving raptors.
If you're fond of raptors and would like to support the work of the Falcon Research Group (they lost a lot of expensive equipment in the earthquake), you can become a supporting member for just $25/year.
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