Paula, a penguin from the Newport Aquarium, recently paid a visit to Weigel Elementary School.
Paula and her caretakers -- Rainforest Curator Ric Urban and Newport Aquarium Educator Siobhan Slone – visited the fifth-grade students at the Colerain Township school on Jan. 13. Urban provided detailed information about Paula, the South African penguin and other species of penguins.
The visit was part of a prize that fifth grader Paul Burkart won. Paul entered an aquarium contest that tasked second- through sixth-grade students with writing an essay or poem addressing “Why Energy Conservation is Important to Our Future.” As one of five winning entries, Paul’s poem, “Keeping Our Earth Clean,” earned him the school visit by Paula, a certificate and $100 for Weigel Elementary to use towards a new or existing conservation project.
The Penguin Camera is located on Torgersen Island (64°46’S, 64°04’W), off the coast of Anvers Island and less than a mile from Palmer Station. Torgersen Island is home to a colony of Adélie penguins numbering approximately 2,500. This camera is seasonal and operates primarily from October to February, the Adélie breeding season. The camera is solar-powered and may sometimes experience brief outages due to inclement weather. School classrooms and other educational demonstrations will often take control of the camera, moving it to gain better views of the colony.