New Zealand Herald: DoC angry as Napier penguins illegally disturbed for ‘social media amusement’

New Zealand Herald: DoC angry as Napier penguins illegally disturbed for ‘social media amusement’. “The Department of Conservation (DoC) have been left ‘disturbed’ after reports of the public handling kororā/little blue penguins in Napier and posting images on social media. Disturbances to the animals, especially during nesting, can result in chicks being abandoned or dying.”

New Site Provides Information on Penguin Colonies in Antarctica

A new site provides information about penguin colonies in Antarctica. “The website also allows anyone to query all publicly available penguin census data. Any user can also access the latest modeled population estimates for Adélie penguins around the Antarctic continent, as well as the probability of presence and breeding for all other avian species on the Antarctic Peninsula. Lynch also explained that researchers with data to contribute to MAPPPD have a variety of ways to do so, as do keen-eyed tourists who, in the summer months, actually outnumber scientists in the region and can contribute important information through bird checklists and photographs.”

Count the Penguins

It’s the cutest crowdsourcing project ever: count the penguins! “Penguin Watch initially launched in September 2014. The current version, Penguin Watch 2.0, allows users to keep track of the photos they’ve tagged and discuss individual photos with other users and even the scientists themselves. So far, over 27,000 people have participated in the project, and over 300,000 photos have been tagged.”