Saturday, November 20, 2010

Fraser's Penguins: A Journey to the Future in Antarctic

Journalist and author Fen Montaigne spent five months on the Antarctic Peninsula working on the field team of penguin expert and ecologist Bill Fraser, who has for several decades studied the impact of the region's rapidly rising temperatures on Adélie penguins and other wildlife. That story is chronicled in his new book, Fraser's Penguins: A Journey to the Future in Antarctic and in the following pictures.

Apsley Cherry-Garrard, a legendary Antarctic explorer who participated in Robert Falcon Scott's 1910-1913 expedition to the South Pole, had this to say about the world's most popular bird: "All the world loves a penguin. Had we but half their physical courage none could stand against us. [They are] fighting against bigger odds than any other bird, and fighting always with the most gallant pluck."
The movie, "The March of the Penguins," cemented the public's affection for the largest penguin species, the waist-high emperor. But equally beloved is the only other penguin species that lives and breeds exclusively in Antarctica -- the classic tuxedoed penguin, the Adélie.

 For the rest of the story, as well as about 20 pictures of the Adelie penguin, go HERE

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