Study Adélie Penguin breeding
|Goal||Monitor Adélie penguins in Antarctica|
|Task||Count & tally individual penguins in photographs from study site|
From November to January, classrooms take part in a virtual field study of Adélie Penguins as they breed, brood and rear their chicks in Antarctica. Photos of selected penguin families from Cape Royds Antarctica are posted to the website for students to follow on a daily basis. Weather data, event journal and background information about penguins is also provided. Students keep a field notebook gathering and analyzing their own data about each penguin family using the same process of the field biologist. This real time, long term activity provides students a window into the harshness of Adélie penguin life and the work of field scientists. Predation, competition and environmental challenges all affect the penguin’s ability to raise chicks. Witnessing these events themselves helps students begin to understand the world around them and the remote location of Antarctica. This project offers a real time daily field experience with outcomes we cannot predict.
|How to Join||
This project is open for everyone and live during the breeding season of Adelie Penguins in Antarctica.
|Ideal Age Group||Elementary school (6 - 10 years), Middle school (11 - 13 years), High school (14 - 17 years), College, Graduate students, Adults, Families|
|Spend the Time||indoors|
|Type of Activity||Exclusively online, At school, At home|
|Tags||antarctica, at school, class project, education, girl scouts, online, penguin chicks, penguins, student project, student web experience, winter|
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Catherine Hoffman 01/04/2017
It seems active, but I couldn't figure out how to observe the current penguins. Cool photos!
wolfee 12/15/2016The project does not actually start UNTIL Nov. so all the information I gained was from past studies of the penguins.The Adelie Penguin life is observed along with the challenges they face. The challenges and conditions they are surrounded by affect their breeding and life, including where they go and choose to live. This can have a long term affect on them and, of course, other organisms. Food webs, ecosystems, climate, and other factors can also be included and discussed. Prior data information is provided but very complicated for primary and secondary students to understand. They will definitely need help interpreting data.There is an activity where the kids create postcards and they are actually sent and mailed back from Antarctica BUT the dates for the project end in Dec. of 2014. I emailed the contact person for the project to see if they are going to do the project this year.
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