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Study Adélie Penguin breeding

Main Project Information
Goal Monitor Adélie penguins in Antarctica
Task Count & tally individual penguins in photographs from study site
Where Global, anywhere on the planet

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.
Between seasons the pictures remain available.

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
Class Materials
Tags antarctica, at school, class project, education, girl scouts, online, penguin chicks, penguins, student project, student web experience, winter
Project Updated 05/23/2018