Over the past two decades the Magellanic penguin population in Argentina has dropped by 22 percent. To discover what is threatening the population, National Geographic grantee Dee Boersma uses state-of-the-art technology to count the penguins and monitor their movements between the beach and the sea as they forage for food. Thanks to Boersma’s research, penguin colonies and the coastal habitat they share with other species are better protected.
AFP (Mar. 6, 2014) 50km-away from Punta Arena in southern Chile is the Magdalena Island, home to the Magellan penguins. This species of monogamous penguins arrive in the summer to breed then migrate to the Brazilian ... watch video
Reuters - Light News Video Online (May 20, 2015) A colony of little penguins, also known as blue penguins, come out to play for the first time at the Bronx Zoo. Sharon Reich reports.
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AP (May 23, 2013) On Friday, SeaWorld Orlando opens its "Antarctica - Empire of the Penguin" attraction. With a ride, restaurants and 250 live penguins, it's the largest expansion in the park's ... watch video
CBC (July 23, 2013) African penguins are delighting visitors at Vancouver Aquarium during a new Penguin Walk show, giving the animals the chance to strut their stuff in front of eager aquarium ... watch video
May 27, 2015 Scientists have developed methods of using commercial-grade laser equipment to find and analyze fossils of dinosaurs. The new laser method causes fossil samples to fluoresce, ... read more
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May 26, 2015 Over the past century, many forests have shifted from open to closed canopies. The change in forest structure could be contributing to declines in pollinator species, especially native bees, ... read more
Jan. 29, 2014 Climate change is killing penguin chicks from the world's largest colony of Magellanic penguins, not just indirectly -- by depriving them of food, as has been repeatedly documented for these and ... read more
Nov. 21, 2012 For the first time, researchers tracking the behavior of emperor penguins near the sea have identified the importance of sea ice for the penguins' feeding habits. The research describes emperor ... read more
Apr. 8, 2011 Researchers are grappling with a wildlife mystery: why are some penguin chicks losing their feathers? The appearance of "naked" penguins -- afflicted with what is known as feather-loss ... read more