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October 27, 2010

Marine Protected Areas in Argentina Awarded

WWF awarded its “Leaders for a Living Planet” to Dr. Patricia Gandini, Argentina’s National Park Administration President, for her conservation efforts in the establishment of four new marine protected areas (MPA). Currently, less than one percent of Argentina’s waters are protected. The four new MPAs will increase the area of protection to 10%. The Penguin Project is especially proud of Dr. Gandini as Dr. Boersma was her PhD adviser! Read more about the award and the conservation plans at the WWF site.

October 19, 2010
“Condos” for Penguins

Dee Boersma is behind the effort to build nests with the lava of the Galápagos Islands in order to increase the population of the endangered Galápagos penguin species. The project was funded by the Packard Foundation and in collaboration with the Galapagos National Park. Read the MSNBC article.


September 15, 2010
Explore the GPS Website!

The Global Penguin Society recently unveiled its website. The site is in both English and Spanish, and has stunning visuals, as well as plenty of news and information on penguin conservation.

September 15, 2010
Update on Oiled Penguins

The number of oiled Magellanic penguins is more than 140, including 11 penguins that have died. Read the full article.

September 8, 2010
African Penguins Also at Risk of Extinction

More sad news that penguins around the world are threatened. Popi Garcia-Borboroglu is quoted in this article in the Boston Globe.

September 3, 2010
Emperor Penguins Extinct by the End of This Century?

Scientists at the International Penguin Conference report dire results that Emperors could die out within the century. (Note, the article is in Dutch, but you can use Google translate to read an English version.)

August 30, 2010
7th International Penguin Conference

Several Boersma Lab members are attending the International Penguin Conference in Boston this week and presenting papers. A public event will be held Wednesday evening, and Dr. Boersma will give a lecture on “Penguins as Sentinels.”

August 2, 2010
Anchovy: A Meal In Itself

Watch Prof. Boersma’s latest film on the anchovy industry and its impact on seabirds:

July 21, 2010
Hundreds of Dead Penguins in Brazil

The BBC reports that about five hundred penguins have been washed up dead on the beaches of Brazil.

June 29, 2010
Boersma on the Controversial Calgary Zoo

Dr. Boersma was called upon to comment on the Calgary’s Zoo much-criticized new penguin exhibit.

May 19, 2010
Ideas Worth Spreading

Dee Boersma’s Mission Blue talk has just been posted on the TED website. TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design and its slogan is “Ideas worth spreading.”

Watch a video of Dee Boersma spreading the idea that we have to pay attention to the penguins:

May 14, 2010
Popi Wins a Whitley Award

Pablo García Borboroglu (aka Popi) is one of the eight 2010 Whitley Award winners. He was presented with the award by Princess Anne in London on May 12.

Watch a video of his work, narrated by Planet Earth’s David Attenborough!

April 29, 2010
Ambassador of Penguins

Pablo García Borboroglu, a partner and good friend of the Penguin Sentinels, is one of the finalists for the prestigious Whitley Award.

The Whitley Awards were “developed to recognize conservation leaders from around the world who are applying sustained effort to conserve the natural environment,” according to their website.

April 12, 2010
Penguin Park

The Wildlife Conservation Society has successfully secured 650 square miles of Argentine coastline for the “Penguin Island Marine Park.” This preserve will protect the country’s only colony of Rockhopper penguins, which have seen a rapid decline in recent decades. Read the entire article here: Happy Feet: WCS Agreement Protects Argentine Penguins


April 6, 2010
Technology at Tombo

Starting with the 2010-11 season, the Penguin Project will use hand-held Trimble computers designed especially for rugged outdoor use. The software we’ll use to collect data in the field is called Touch Inspect. We were recently highlighted by the developers, Mobile Epiphany, in a press release.

March 31, 2010
Dee Boersma, Filmmaker

Dee Boersma just returned from New Zealand, where she was on a Fulbright to learn wildlife videography. View her first video, about the dangers facing frogs:

January 13, 2010
New Papers

Coincidentally, the latest issue of the Journal of Field Ornithology includes two papers by Boersma Lab members. Prof. Dee Boersma and Ginger Rebstock find that “Flipper bands do not affect foraging-trip duration of Magellanic Penguins” and Jack Cerchiara is a co-author on a paper looking at Storm Petrels. See our Publications section under the Research tab for other publications.