Every day is a new adventure in the Adélie Penguin breeding colony at Cape Royds, Ross Island, Antarcitca. Our colony has about 2000 breeding pairs of Adélie Penguins and there are two of us who live in a tent about a quarter mile from the nesting sites. Dr. David Ainley is a world authority on Adélie Penguins and the principal investigator (PI) for the research team that monitors several colonies on the island. Jean Pennycook is an educator, who shares Dr. Ainley’s work with the world. They live in a tent for 2.5 months every season learning about these remarkable birds.
Along the way to work each day they pass Shackelton’s hut built in 1908 which is now a world heritage site. Besides Adélie Penguins, Emperor Penguins, seals, whales, skuas and snow petrels come to Cape Royds. In the background, Mt Erebus, one of three volcanos on Ross Island and the only active one, provide a scenic backdrop to the penguin colony. Follow along the daily stories as the season progresses.