Wednesday, March 31, 2010

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Tuesday, March 30, 2010

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Monday, March 29, 2010

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Sunday, March 28, 2010

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fluffy pengiun
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Friday, March 26, 2010

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Gentoo Penguin
Originally uploaded by Ben Moat
Port Lockroy, Antarctica.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

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Gentoo chicks
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Someone needs a bath!

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

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Tuesday, March 23, 2010

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Monday, March 22, 2010

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Saturday, March 20, 2010

This Week's Pencognito! visit Jen and all the *hic* pengies right here!

Gentoo penguins on the march at new exhibit

Gentoo penguins on the march at new exhibit

By Becky Wright (Standard-Examiner staff)

Last Edit: Mar 18 2010 - 9:13pm

A colony of birds just flew to Utah from Texas, but their wings aren't tired -- they came by airline.
The Gentoo penguins arrived a week ago and are adjusting to their new home at The Living Planet Aquarium in Sandy.

"They are fantastic -- just swimming around and frolicking all over the place," said Angie Hyde, public relations director for the aquarium. "They seem really happy."

"Penguin Encounter," the newest exhibit at the aquarium, opens March 26. There are 17 species of penguins in the world, and aquarium officials chose to showcase Gentoo penguins for a reason. "It completes our 'Journey to South America' exhibit," said Hyde, explaining that Gentoo penguins are native to the Falkland Islands. "The Falkland Islands are just off the southern tip of South America, in between South America and Antarctica, down where it's cold."

"The water in the exhibit, and the air, is kept at about 42 degrees, said Hyde. "They're one of the species that are most active in the water," she said of the penguins, which measure about 20 inches tall and typically weigh 10 to 14 pounds. "Most likely, when you come, you'll see them swimming around quite a bit."

Gentoo penguins can swim up to 17 miles per hour, making them one of the fastest of the penguin species.
"They don't fly in the air, but they fly in water," said Hyde. Their diving techniques, and their ability to pop up out of the water and onto land make them fun to watch. "They're quite noisy, and have kind of a honk," she said.

The exhibit

"Penguin Encounter" is designed to resemble a Falkland Islands research station, where visitors will be able to observe the penguins underwater and on land. "The exhibit will teach all about the physiological aspects of the birds, including why they don't fly in the air, but do fly in water," said Hyde, Visitors will also learn how penguins survive in the cold.

"They have more feathers than any other species of bird," she said. "They have to keep a heavy coat, basically, of blubber and feathers to keep them warm, and their feathers are extremely water-resistant."
Information about what the penguins eat (herring, smelt and capelin), why they molt, their behavior, their environment and predators will also be part of the display. Information about the resident penguins will be updated regularly on a research board.

Great expectations

The penguins at The Living Planet Aquarium were born and raised in captivity. They come from Moody Gardens in Galveston, Texas. "We have a total of 11 penguins," said Hyde. "I believe three of them are chicks, about 6 months old. We have a breeding pair, and the rest are about a year old. We're hoping, with that breeding pair, to get some new baby ones at some point -- that will be exciting."


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Originally uploaded by jenshafer
Gentoo and magellenic penguins on Saunders Island (Falkland Islands)

Go to Flickr page and download original size... makes for great wallpaper!

Thursday, March 18, 2010

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Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

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Gentoo Penguin
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Monday, March 15, 2010

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Which way to go? Down to the water to fish, up the rocks to feed the chicks, or just stand and let the wind ruffle the feathers... I'm sure the penguins knew, but you had to watch them for a while to know which one this time.

This penguin was coming back from hunting (likely with a gullet full of krill) and was heading up the hill to swap duties with the mate who was guarding the chicks. The colony was very busy with activity, the chicks were about half grown when we were there.

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Penguin Parental Care

Despite reading and watching lots of nature shows I never understood the tremendous devotion of the parent penguins to their chicks till I got to see it first hand. Their attention is all consuming and it is a moving experience to watch the continuous care.

This Gentoo penguin adult has just come back from fishing and has relieved its mate (who has now left to go fishing.) It fusses to arrange the pebbles and the two chicks and the remaining egg (which is surely dead by now) and protect everything. I sat and watched it feed these chicks for quite some time.

What you can`t see in this photo is the biting cold gusty wind battering this family group. The protective parent pair is doing a great job though, never give up, always pay attention!

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Friday, March 12, 2010

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Thursday, March 11, 2010

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Bertha's Beach, Falklands 2004.

Suit Filed to Save Penguins at Risk From Global Warming and Fisheries

For Immediate Release, March 9, 2010

Contact:  Catherine Kilduff, Center for Biological Diversity, (415) 644-8580
Todd Steiner/Teri Shore, Turtle Island Restoration Network, (415) 663- 8590 x 103/104 

Suit Filed to Save Penguins at Risk From Global Warming and Fisheries

SAN FRANCISCO— The Center for Biological Diversity and Turtle Island Restoration Network (TIRN) today sued the Obama administration for illegally delaying protection of penguins under the Endangered Species Act. The Interior Department failed to meet its December 19, 2009 deadline to list seven penguin species at risk of extinction due to climate change and commercial fisheries. These penguins will not receive desperately needed Endangered Species Act protections until Interior finalizes the listings.

“While sea ice melts and oceans warm, the Obama administration is stuck like a deer in the headlights. Instead of saving penguins from the leviathan of global warming while it still can,” said Catherine Kilduff, a Center attorney, “our government is dragging its feet.”

“Penguins should be marching toward recovery, not extinction. These amazing species face a double whammy from the threats brought by climate change and industrial fisheries that deplete the penguins’ food supply and entangle and drown the penguins in longlines and other destructive fishing gear. They deserve protection under the Endangered Species Act,” said Todd Steiner, biologist and executive director of TIRN.

In 2006 the Center filed a petition to list 12 penguin species under the U.S. Endangered Species Act. In December 2008, the Interior Department proposed listing seven of those species as threatened or endangered – African, Humboldt, yellow-eyed, white-flippered, Fiordland crested, and erect-crested penguins as well as a few populations of the southern rockhopper – while denying listing to emperor and northern rockhopper penguins despite scientific evidence that they also are threatened by climate change.
Today’s lawsuit challenges the Interior Department’s illegal delay in finalizing the listing of the seven proposed penguin species; the Center and TIRN also intend to file suit against Interior for denying protections to emperor and rockhopper penguins. Warming oceans, melting sea ice, and fishery harvests have wreaked havoc on penguins’ food supply: krill, an essential nutrient for penguins, whales, and seals, has declined by up to 80 percent since the 1970s over large areas of the Southern Ocean. Reduced food supply has diminished populations of species ranging from southern rockhoppers and Humboldt penguins of South American islands to the African penguin in southern Africa.

Endangered Species Act listing would protect penguins from multiple threats, raise awareness of their plight, and increase research funding. Federal approval of fishing permits for U.S.-flagged vessels on the high seas, for example, would require analysis and minimization of impacts on penguins. The Act also has a key role in managing greenhouse gas pollution by compelling federal agencies to look at the impact of the emissions generated by their activities on listed species and reduce those impacts.

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Tuesday, March 9, 2010

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EFD Icebergs Feb 19-475
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Sunday, March 7, 2010

Friday, March 5, 2010

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Swimming Penguin
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Thursday, March 4, 2010

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Gentoos at Bertha's
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Bertha's Beach, East Cove, Falkland Islands 2004.