Postcards from the Poles Antarctica

Adelie Penguins of the Antarctic 2008-2009

Starting in 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.


The Work We Do from Jean Pennycook, January 17, 2009

Sorry Wrong Number ! from Jean Pennycook, January 10, 2009

Late Hatchings from Jean Pennycook, January 5, 2009

Ice Beauty from Jean Pennycook, December 29, 2008

A Crack in Their World from Jean Pennycook, December 23, 2008

Too Many Skuas from Jean Pennycook, December 21, 2008

Too Much Ice from Jean Pennycook, December 17, 2008

Penguin Anomalies from Jean Pennycook, December 15, 2008

Ice Cities from Jean Pennycook, December 10, 2008

Cave Day from Jean Pennycook, December 7, 2008

"The Birds" of Royds from Jean Pennycook, December 2, 2008

Baby Come Back. from Jean Pennycook, November 28, 2008

Penguin Weather Vanes from Jean Pennycook, November 25, 2008

Return to Royds from Jean Pennycook, November 5, 2008

Spring Is Here from Jean Pennycook, October 28, 2008

Jean Pennycook Read Jean's biography page.

Adelie Penguins of the Antarctic 2007-2008 See penguin postcards from the 2007-2008 season!

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

Last modified October 24, 2008 by Lisa Gardiner.

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The Work We Do

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Sorry Wrong Number !

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Late Hatchings

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Too Much Ice

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