Like animals everywhere, Antarctic penguins are adjusting, or not, to changes in their habitat brought by warming temperatures. With extensive field research on their existing colonies, and a 45,000 year-old record contained in deposits of their bones and egg shells, we know more about how Antarctic penguins will adjust to rapid climate change than almost any other creature on Earth.
Animation illustrating penguin response to advance and retreat of ice sheets in the Ross Sea: click here to begin
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Penguins and Whales in the Ross Sea, click play button to preview
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PenguinCam time-lapse animations from Cape Royds, Shackletons Hut and and the Cape Royds adelie penguin colony: click here to begin or on image below
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Sponsored by the National Science Foundation this 40-minute educational film takes viewers on a journey to Antarctica and inside raucous “penguin cities” where millions of penguins converge once a year to rear their young.
H.T.Harvey & Associates
Oregon State University
Oikonos - Ecosystem Knowledge
Landcare Research - New Zealand
National Aeronautics & Space Administration
In 2006, we erected an automated camera at Cape Royds to record the comings and goings of penguins. We are especially interested in the number of birds that return to molt after we depart each year in February.Wind speed and direction at Cape Royds
Air temperature at Cape Royds
Atmospheric pressure at Cape Royds