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Abstract

Nest Check

During Adelie penguin nesting season (roughly November through January 2007) we will follow 6 breeding pairs on a daily basis as they raise their chicks. Each day a picture will be posted allowing students to take their own field notes.

Penguins Under Pressure

Students decide what global activities contribute to the decline of Adelie penguins in Antarctica.

 

Receive a postcard for Antarctica

Students design a postcard about penguins, self address and stamp it, and it will be returned to them from Antarctica. Please mail before Dec 31, 2007

 

Ask a researcher a question

 

Active site for students to ask questions of the field researchers during the season Dec 2007- Feb 2008.

 

Keep an Antarctica Field Journal

 

Students keep an observation journal based on daily pictures from the field, and respond to journal prompts posted by the researchers.

 

Penguins under pressure

Students group global activities which effect penguins and how they are coping with global warming.

 

Penguin Adaptations diagram

Compare and contrast penguin adaptations to seals and sea gulls.

 

Seasonal feeding habits of the Adelie : part 1, part 2

Students create their own data chart and graph of seasonal changes in the Adelies feeding habits.

Penguin Adaptations

 

How penguins evolved to cope with the harshness of Antarctica.

Nesting Time Who spends more time on the nest, the male or the female? Students follow a breeding pair of Adelie Penguins using "Nest Check" above and chart the foraging trips and time spent on the nest by the female and the male.

How do we know what we know?

 

Pictorial descriptions of how the researchers gather their data and determine what they know about penguins. The use of satellites, tags, dead chicks and birds, radio tags, photographs.

How do Penguins find their own chick

 

Listen to 5 penguins call their chick, Can you tell the difference.

(coming soon)

Penguins change with changes in climate

Students graph penguin population data and make conclusions about how population shifts have occurred in the last decade.