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December 20, 2011

Virtual Penguins to help Real Penguins

The Global Penguin Society will be one of the beneficiaries of Disney’s Club Penguin annual Coins for Change event. On the Club Penguin website, kids can give tokens to a cause of their choice. The virtual donations will help determine how a real-world donation is shared.

November 28, 2011
Dee Boersma Talks about Magellanic Penguins on BirdNote

Dee’s interview will air on BirdNote on Wednesday, November 30th. Listen to learn more about how she helped bring about changes to reduce threat of oil pollution to the penguins. The interview is available at NPR’s BirdNote.

November 3, 2011
Pew Calls for Penguin Food Protection

The Pew Environment Group draws attention to krill, a small crustacean on which many animals of the Southern Ocean feed, and asks CCAMLR delegates to support monitoring and regulation of krill harvests.

October 31, 2011
The Atlas of the Patagonian Sea is Showcased on esri.com

ESRI, a GIS software company whose products were used to compile maps for the Atlas of the Patagonian Sea, has an article about the Atlas, a project of the Wildlife Conservation Society and Birdlife International. Dr. Boersma’s satellite data on Magellanic penguins are included in the atlas.

October 4, 2011
Lenfest Ocean Program Launches New Website

The Lenfest Ocean Program is a grant-making program that serves to support research regarding the world’s oceans and communicate research results to decision makers and other interested audiences. Some of Professor Boersma’s work is included on the site, as well as many papers on penguins.

September 23, 2011
Penguins May Use Smell to Identify Relatives

Working with penguins at the Brookfield Zoo outside Chicago, researchers have found that Humboldt penguins may be able to differentiate between the smell of birds they are and are not familiar with, as well as relatives and non-relatives. For more information, see the article at ScienceNews.


July 28, 2011
Dee Boersma Elected to Washington State Academy of Sciences

Prof. Boersma is one of the 24 new members elected to the Washington State Academy of Sciences in recognition of their distinguished and continuing scientific achievements. The Washington State Academy of Sciences provides expert scientific and engineering analysis to inform public policy-making, and works to increase the role and visibility of science in the State of Washington. Congratulations to Dee!

July 18, 2011
Follow Lucy the penguin

The Animal Demography Unit of the University of Cape Town is tracking a penguin named Lucy. Follow along!

June 30, 2011
Dead Penguins Washing Ashore With Disturbing Regularity

An article in Treehugger examines the alarming numbers and occasions of penguins washing ashore covered in oil.

June 28, 2011
Dee Boersma Interviewed in “Advance”

Dee talks penguin with the UW ADVANCE Center for Institutional Change. When asked “What were the perspectives of women scientists when you were growing up?” Boersma replies, “What women scientists?”

June 27, 2011
Dead Oiled Penguins in Brazil

According to a Brazilian newspaper, 75 dead penguins have been found off the coast of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. A biologist with the Centre for Coastal Studies, limnology and marine (CECLIMA) said it’s common this time of year to find dead penguins on the shore. Usually, the penguins are juveniles who starved. However, since last Friday, there has been an oil event, leading to contamination of birds and higher than usual mortality.

June 8, 2011
600 Dead Magellanics Ashore in Uruguay

The AP reports that 600 dead Magellanic penguins have washed up ashore in Uruguay since June 4. Dead turtles, dolphins and albatrosses were also found washed ashore with the penguins. Experts are still trying to determine the cause.

May 23, 2011
Update on Nightingale Oil Spill

The Tristan da Cunha website has lots of great photos and updates about the rehabilitation efforts of oiled Rockhopper penguins on Nightingale Island. Go take a look!

May 12, 2011
World Migratory Bird Day Coming Up!

May 14-15, 2011 is World Migratory Bird Day and this year’s theme is “Land Use Changes from a Bird’s-Eye View.” You can find more information at World Migratory Bird Day.

May 2, 2011
Dee Boersma Interviewed on BirdNote

Listen to Dee Boersma talk about Galapagos penguins and the “condos” she built for them on NPR’s BirdNote.

April 29, 2011
Six-year-old Fights Cancer and Helps Penguins

Aghelos Kouvaras, 6, has Burkitt’s lymphoma, a rare form of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. While in the hospital receiving treatment, he read about penguins and became determined to help them. As he puts it, “They’re cute animals and they were dying.” What a succinct way to say it! Through the Wildlife Conservation’s Run for the Wild benefit run, Aghelos raised money to help Magellanic Penguins at Punta Tombo. Read the full story.



April 14, 2011
More Media Coverage of Feather-Loss Disorder

Naked penguin chicks amaze scientists

Naked penguins? Feather loss baffles scientists

Balding penguins baffle scientists

April 8, 2011
Feather-loss disorder at Punta Tombo

Discovery reports on a new disease affecting penguins at Punta Tombo.


March 23, 2011
Dee Boersma in a WCS video

WCS has uploaded a video of Dee Boersma talking about penguins and why we need them as much as they need us.

March 9, 2011
New Argentine National Park Protects Penguins

Monte Leon is Argentina’s newest national park. The former sheep ranch was purchased in 2001 through a donation made by Kristine Tompkins, the ex-CEO of the Patagonia outdoor clothing company who is working with her husband, Doug Tompkins, to create vast swaths of conservation areas in both Chilean and Argentine Patagonia. Read an account of a visit to the park.

February 23, 2011
Science Reports on Flipper Bands

Science magazine comments on the recent paper in Nature determining that flipper bands harm penguins. Science mentions, “It is unclear whether the bands are equally harmful to other species of penguin.”

February 8, 2011
Cute Penguin Cartoons

Some fun –and educational– cartoons about human impacts on penguins. Dee Boersma makes a cameo!

January 26, 2011
Dee Boersma’s EarthSky Podcast

Dee Boersma talks to EarthSky about the importance of biodiversity and penguins as ocean sentinels.

January 12, 2011
Dee Boersma Counters Paper Denouncing Flipper Bands

A recent paper in Nature contends that flipper bands are harmful to penguins and lead to unreliable data. Dr. Boersma is quoted on NPR questioning the study’s conclusions. You can read the NPR piece here and the original Nature paper here.