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Penguin Watch


photo by Glen Grant, U.S. Antarctic Program, National Science Foundation

Help scientists learn about penguins and the Southern Ocean marine habitat by tagging images collected from environmental cameras in Antarctica. Scientists want to learn more about these these aquatic flightless birds, from how the eggs and baby chics are doing to what predetaors or other fauna may be hanging around the colony. The images come from several dozen cameras focussed on the nesting areas of penguin colonies around the Southern Ocean. Volunteers are asked to tag adult penguins, chicks, and eggs.

This project will lead to better understanding of penguins, how they over-winter, the timing of breeding, and the impact of predators. Antarctic penguin colonies reside in part of the world that is very difficult to study because of its rugged, cold conditions. Environmental cameras produce a deluge of images allowing unprecedented access to study this poorly understood area of the globe.

Project owners + coordinators:
Chris Lintott, Zooniverse lead
Rob Simpson, developer
The Penguin Watch Team

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