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Tag: Volunteer Point Falkland Islands

  • Monday, January 21st 2019 - 15:33 UTC

    Penguin Awareness Day

    Some one million penguins live in the Falklands, basically five different groups, King, Gentoo, Rockhopper, Magellanic and Mararoni  (Pic. by Derek Pettersson)

    Penguin Awareness Day is an unofficial holiday which is celebrated annually on January 20th. This holiday is used to celebrate and commemorate these fascinating flightless birds which are loved by people all over the world. It’s also a day to bring attention to the plight of these birds whose numbers seem to be shrinking faster and faster each and every day.

  • Thursday, October 18th 2018 - 23:45 UTC

    Falklands expecting some 41 ship visits this cruise season, which begins on Saturday with “Ushuaia”

    Expedition ship “Ushuaia” opens the season on Saturday  (Pic J.Pompert)t)

    Some 41 ships are expected to visit the Falkland Islands this coming cruise season which begins on Saturday with expedition vessel “Ushuaia”. Total calls in Stanley are estimated in 108 while some 170 in the Camp, but much will depend on the weather.

  • Tuesday, July 31st 2018 - 07:47 UTC

    King penguins down to 10% of original population in three years in French island

    Satellite images and photos taken from helicopters show penguin population has collapsed, some 200,000 remaining, according to a study in Antarctic Science

    The planet's largest colony of King penguins has declined by nearly 90% in three decades, alarmed researchers said on Monday. The last time scientists set foot on France's remote Ile aux Cochons — roughly half way between the tip of Africa and Antarctica — the island was blanketed by two million of the flightless birds, which stand about a meter tall.

  • Tuesday, February 27th 2018 - 09:22 UTC

    Climate change will force King Penguins to move after food or face heavy losses

    For most colonies, the length of the summer trips by parents to get food will soon become so long that their offspring could starve while waiting

    Global warming is on track to wipe out 70% of the world's King penguins by century's end, putting the regal birds on a path towards extinction, researchers warned on Monday. As climate change drives away the fish and squid upon which the flightless creatures depend, the penguins must swim further afield to find sustenance for their hungry hatchlings on land.

  • Wednesday, January 21st 2015 - 10:46 UTC

    Falkland Science Symposium celebrate Penguin Awareness Day

    Pan-American delegates to the Falklands Science Symposium enjoying the penguins at Volunteer Point (Pic SAERI)

    The world’s northernmost colony of king penguins has something to celebrate this week, as Tuesday marks Penguin Awareness Day and these well dressed seabirds play host to an international group of scientists gathered to discuss the Falkland Islands’ rich potential for new research.