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December 28, 2012

An Article about African Penguins

The Smithsonian Magazine’s May 2012 issue included an article about African penguins. Dee is quoted on page 3.

November 28, 2012
VOTE to Protect the Penguins

Vote for your favorite Disney Amigos por el Mundo Project — Proteger a los pingüinos!

November 27, 2012
NEW Book Release- Penguins: Natural History and Conservation

Edited by Dee and her grandstudent Pablo, Penguins details the life history, distribution, population sizes and trends, endangered status, threats to survival and legal protection for each species of penguins.

November 26, 2012
Dee Visited Sea World San Diego

Dee visited Lauren DuBois at Sea World San Diego on November 26th to give a talk on “Penguins as Conservation Ambassadors” and got to meet one of Lauren’s favorite Magellanic penguins. When a little boy got to touch this female Magellanic penguin he cried out in glee “I touched a penguin”.

Photo: Dee Visited Sea World San Diego  Dee visited Lauren DuBois at Sea World San Diego on November 26th to give a talk on "Penguins as Conservation Ambassadors" and got to meet one of Lauren's favorite Magellanic penguins. When a little boy got to touch this female Magellanic penguin he cried out in glee "I touched a penguin".

Learn more about Sea World San Diego’s Penguin Encounter HERE!

November 21, 2012
Explorers give thanks

Dr. Dee Boersma and other National Geographic explorers kicked off their Thanksgiving celebrations by sharing some of the things they are grateful for. From chirping monkeys to the essential local burritto truck, National Geographic explorers continue to remind us to cherish the earth and celebrate the world around us.

“I’m grateful that there are penguins in the world and that more and more people care what happens to penguins. By leaving more forage fish in the water for penguins, penguins will eat better and the oceans that we all depend on will be healthier.”—Dee Boersma

Read what other explorers are thankful for.

November 18, 2012
The Penguins that have Stayed Faithful for 16 Years

Dr. Dee Boersma and Dr. Popi Borboroglu tell the tale of a pair of Magellanic penguins that have remained faithful to each other for 16 years despite spending long periods apart and each of them taking solo trips totaling 200,000 miles. Yet each year they have returned to the same nest, and each other, to produce a new brood of chicks. Now they have grown old together – the penguin’s natural lifespan means they normally die around 20 years after they start breeding.

November 15, 2012
Oiled Penguins in Mar del Plata

37 oiled penguins were taken into rehabilitation from the beaches of Mar del Plata.

September 5, 2012
The Big Value of Little Fish

Dr. Boersma is one of the authors on a recently-published paper that details how forage fish may be more economically valuable if left in the ocean to feed other fish, rather than being fished themselves. Take-home message: forage fish are really important for supporting the rest of the ocean ecosystem.

August 28, 2012
Crowd-sourced Penguin Research

If you’re looking for a small way to help the Penguin Project, check out our project page on the crowd funding site, Microryza. Don’t miss our answers to life-long penguin questions, such as “why can’t penguins fly?”

August 23, 2012
South Africa Releases First Biodiversity Management Plan for African Penguins

The Department of Environmental Affairs in South Africa recently released the first national draft management plan intended to address the conservation of Africa penguins. The Department’s media release describes the threats African penguins are facing and asks for public comment on the plan.

August 20, 2012
Ocean Health Index: How healthy are the world’s oceans?

A collaborative effort by scientists and conservation organizations has developed the Ocean Health Index. Explore the Index by country, topic, or within one of the 10 defined goals, which relate to how we use the world’s oceans. How was the Index developed? Check out the Methods section.

July 9, 2012
Dr. Ginger Rebstock to speak at Aquarium of the Pacific July 18

Penguin Project scientist Ginger Rebstock will be speaking at the Aquarium of the Pacific on July 19, 2012 at 7:00 pm in Long Beach, California. Her talk is titled: Magellanic Penguins: Wildlife Spectacles and Long-term Studies. Put it on your calendar! UPDATE: Her talk will not be live-streamed, but she will be interviewed for a podcast, the link to which will be posted here when it is available.

July 2, 2012
On newsstands now: Penguins in National Geographic Kids!

This month’s National Geographic Kids Awesome Animals Special Edition includes Magellanic penguins. We told the Nat. Geo. reporter about how Magellanic chicks practice their swimming skills on land by flapping their flippers and chasing bugs.

June 25, 2012
Goodbye, George

Lonesome George, the last Pinta Island tortoise, died this weekend. He was the only surviving member of a subspecies of tortoise (Chelonoidis abingdoni)in the Galapagos Islands. With his passing, we renew our efforts towards conservation of all species.

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Photo Credit: Bill Conway, 2006

June 21, 2012
Follow African Penguin Fledglings Along the Coast of South Africa

The Animal Demography Unit at the University of Cape Town in South Africa is currently tracking three fledglings as they leave the colony and travel north. The researchers are posting frequent updates on their website. Safe travels, penguins!

June 8, 2012
Watch Dr. Boersma’s presentation in Long Beach tonight!

Dee will be speaking at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, California tonight, June 8th. The talk will be streamed on the Aquarium’s website from 7:00-8:30 pm. Dee will also be interviewed for a podcast, which will be posted soon.

May 23, 2012
Dr. Boersma to speak at the Aquarium of the Pacific

Live in southern California? Dee will be speaking at the Aquarium of the Pacific on Friday, June 8, 2012. Event information is available here. If you can’t be at the talk in person, the Aquarium will be live-streaming the lecture on their website. The link for the live stream will be posted on our website when it is available.

April 4, 2012
Forage Fish Recommendations

For more information about the Lenfest Forage Fish Task Force, check out the video that outlines their recommendations.

April 2, 2012
Little Fish, Penguin Impact

This week, the Lenfest Forage Fish Task Force released its report “Little Fish, Big Impact” about the impact that the world’s fisheries have on forage fish. Dr. Boersma, a member of the task force, is quoted in the Washington Post and elsewhere regarding the importance of forage fish to penguins. The take-away message: forage fish are more valuable, to fisheries and ecosystems, when left in the ocean.

March 29, 2012
Penguin Information, Shared Digitally

We’ve been asked to share our penguin knowledge in a couple places recently. National Geographic compiled an Explorer’s Bio for Dee. Additionally, we’ve written a species profile for the Duke University’s Marine Megafauna digital textbook. The textbook app is currently only available on iPad, but you can see pieces of the profile on their facebook page.

March 1, 2012
Penguins at the Pacific Science Center’s Polar Science Weekend

This weekend, researchers from the Penguin Project will be at the Pacific Science Center’s Polar Science WeekendOlivia Kane staffed the booth today and reports that the visitors loved learning about penguins. If you live in Seattle, stop by to say hi and learn about penguins!

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February 17, 2012
Penguin Project Featured in Segment of UW Documentary

The University of Washington’s College of Arts and Sciences recently released a new documentary Timeless Discoveries which highlights the research and discoveries of the College, including the work of the Penguin Project. The penguin segment, as well as the full video can be viewed here. The segment will soon be posted on our website as well!

February 7, 2012
Survey Looks into Effects of Tristan da Cunha Oil Spill

Almost a year after a ship ran aground and spilled oil and soy beans near the islands that are home to 65% of the world’s rockhopper penguins, initial survey results suggest the impacts of the oil spill are not as bad as anticipated. Counts from this breeding season show that the breeding population didn’t suffer as much as anticipated, but further surveys are needed to determine long-terms effects of the spill.

January 18, 2012
Media asks Dr. Boersma about “Blonde” Chinstrap Penguin

After an Antarctic cruise spotted an oddly-colored chinstrap penguin in the South Shetland Islands, National Geographic Daily News asked Dr. Boersma for her expert opinion on the bird’s condition. Likely, the bird has isabellinism. This condition dilutes the pigmentation in the bird’s feathers.

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