Postcards from the Poles Antarctica

Adelie Penguins of the Antarctic 2007-2008

Starting in mid-November, the Penguin Science team will again be in Antarctica studying the Adelie penguins of Ross Island. Led by Dr. David Ainley, the team is looking at how Adelie penguins are coping with climate change as well as making a documentary film. Educator Jean Pennycook will be sending in virtual postcards to Windows to the Universe describing her experience this season as the chicks hatch and grow.


Our Last Day from Jean Pennycook, January 31, 2008

Banding Time from Jean Pennycook, January 29, 2008

The Kids are Growing Up! from Jean Pennycook, January 26, 2008

Penguins with Attitude from Jean Pennycook, January 21, 2008

The Molt is On from Jean Pennycook, January 19, 2008

Teenagers Need Lots of Sleep from Jean Pennycook, January 13, 2008

They Grow Up So Fast. from Jean Pennycook, January 12, 2008

What's This About Global Warming? from Jean Pennycook, January 9, 2008

Penguins Fight Back. from Jean Pennycook, January 7, 2008

The Nursery is Full of Life. from Jean Pennycook, January 5, 2008

Location, Location, Location. from Jean Pennycook, December 29, 2007

Life On the Ice Beach from Jean Pennycook, December 24, 2007

We're Parents ! ! ! ! from Jean Pennycook, December 17, 2007

Theeeeeeere Baaaaaack!!!!! from Jean Pennycook, December 14, 2007

Visitors to the Cape from Jean Pennycook, December 8, 2007

It's Quiet Time in the Nursery from Jean Pennycook, December 2, 2007

A Penguin's Sense of Decor from Jean Pennycook, November 25, 2007

Adelie Penguins Return to Cape Royds from Jean Pennycook, November 18, 2007

Antarctica Bound from Jean Pennycook, November 12, 2007

Jean Pennycook Read Jean's biography page.

Adelie Penguins of the Antarctic 2006-2007 See penguin postcards from the 2006-2007 season!

Last modified November 29, 2007 by Lisa Gardiner.

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