One of the main purposes of the Bird Sanctuary –also known as SPA (Santuario Para Aves) - is to join the ecosystem that surrounds us with the Santiago College Community. The SPA is led by students Martín Campos and Pablo Lopez together with the teacher Pablo Tello and the Middle School Student Council.
Taking advantage of the natural resources we have at school, during 2014 a natural area was restored at the foot of “Cerro del Medio” located behind the Middle School building in order to establish a small natural sanctuary to be preserved.
During the last four years, the team in charge of this Project has intensively worked in cleaning the place, recovering the soil, weeding, replanting native plants, fixing the bridge, purchasing a fountain, among other actions, so as to provide a natural environment attracting characteristic birds of this area. To this end, research work has been performed by students, who have had to learn about botany, geology, ornithology, among other subjects.
Students have also engaged in raising funds for this Project. This has implied creating campaigns to receive donations and executing an important project by people committed to the environmental care and the preservation of the ecosystem.
The main tasks for this year are: a structure pruning campaign and the creation of a compost container for this waste. Although there is much to do, we hope that in the short-term the work performed by these students will attract birds from the area to live in our sanctuary so that there can be plenty of thrushes, caracaras, turtledoves, sparrows, and other birds.