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March, 2011

  • 8 March

    Antarctic penguin colony vanishes, warming to blame?

    Emperor Penguin

    A small colony of emperor penguins on an island off the West Antarctic Peninsula is gone, and the most likely culprit is loss of sea ice caused by warming. Although it has been predicted that penguins could suffer greatly because of global warming, this is the first time the disappearance …

  • 7 March

    Researchers find more plastic in the guts of Arctic seabirds

    When biologist Jennifer Provencher headed to the Arctic, she signed on to help assess how seabird diets are changing as temperatures climb in the North. She never expected to find plastics on the menu. But she and her colleagues at the Canadian Wildlife Service are pulling remarkable amounts of trash …

February, 2011

  • 22 February

    Southern Rockhopper Penguins Listed as Threatened Species; Climate Change Protections Needed

    Southern Rockhopper Penguin. Via Wikipedia

    The Interior Department announced today that the New Zealand-Australia populations of the southern rockhopper penguin, among the world’s smallest penguins, will be listed as threatened under the U.S. Endangered Species Act. The listing will raise awareness of the rockhoppers’ plight, increase research and conservation funds, and offer added oversight of …

January, 2011

  • 21 January

    Dying birds stir extinction fears

    Little Penguin (Eudyptula minor) family exiting burrow at night, Bruny Island. Via Wikipedia

    Little penguins are dying in their hundreds, leading conservationists to fear they are starving as a result of the La Nina weather system. Other seabirds are washing up dead on beaches, raising concerns that species could become extinct if climate change causes extreme weather events to become more frequent. At …

  • 13 January

    ‘Unethical’ flipper tags are damaging to penguins

    Via Wikipedia

    The standard way of tagging penguins for science – putting bands around their flippers – affects their survival and reproduction, a study has found. French researchers, reporting their work in the journal Nature, found king penguins had 40% fewer chicks if they were banded, and lived shorter lives. They say …

October, 2010

  • 24 October

    New Homes Built for Endangered Galápagos Penguins

    Via Wikipedia

    In an attempt to boost the population of endangered Galápagos penguins, researchers have been building new nests for them on the islands. Biologists hope that the nests will help increase the population of the endangered Galápagos penguins,which have experienced a population decline of more than 50 percent since the 1970s, …

  • 22 October

    Arctic seabirds loaded with environmental poisons

    Via Wikipedia

    The excrement of Arctic seabirds is a cocktail of dangerous pollutants, according to studies conducted by the Canadian Wildlife Service and Queen”s University in Kingston, Ont. Because nearly all pollution emitted by industrial societies ends up in the ocean eventually, sea creatures are among the most contaminated organisms on the …

  • 19 October

    Seabirds suffer their worst breeding season on record

    Kittiwake. Via Wikipedia

    Seabird populations in the far north of Scotland suffered their worst breeding season on record – with some previously large colonies failing to produce any chicks. A report published by the RSPB today indicates that, while some UK coastal reserves had a successful summer this year, colonies in the far …

September, 2010

  • 29 September

    Vanishing African Penguin, Threatened by Climate Change and Fishing, Wins Protections

    Via Wikipedia

    The Interior Department announced today that the African penguin, the only nesting penguin on the African continent, will be listed as an endangered species under the U.S. Endangered Species Act. The decision responds to a 2006 Center for Biological Diversity petition to protect 12 penguin species under the Act as …

  • 3 September

    Most Penguin Populations Continue to Decline

    Via Wikipedia

    Penguin biologists from around the world, who are gathered in Boston this week, warn that ten of the planet’s eighteeen penguin species have experienced further serious population declines. The effects of climate change, overfishing, chronic oil pollution and predation by introduced mammals are among the major factors cited repeatedly by …

  • 3 September

    Forest fires in Madeira put future of Europe’s rarest seabird under threat

    Via Wikipedia

    Europe”s rarest seabird, the Zino”s Petrel, found only in Madeira, has suffered potentially devastating losses from a forest fire which struck the birds” breeding area on the Atlantic island. The fire on Madeira”s central mountain massif killed 25 chicks – 65 per cent of this year”s young birds – with …

August, 2010

  • 12 August

    Oil tanker suspected in penguin-killing slick near Rio

    An unidentified oil tanker is suspected to be responsible for a petroleum slick sullying beaches north of Rio de Janeiro, where several dead penguins were also found, Brazilian maritime officials said Tuesday. “The oil is very diluted and has spread to almost all the beaches in the region…