SUMMIT COUNTY — Some might call it a shameless quest for page views but I’m going to call it fine art photography, even though there’s no doubt that penguin pictures to help drive web traffic. There’s no denying — they are cute little critters, and despite being so cuddly and loveable, they manage to survive and even thrive in an incredibly harsh environment. Their environment is, of course, one of the most threatened by climate change, as temperatures across parts of Antarctica are warming at double the rate of the global average. Continue reading “Morning photo: Penguin portraits”→
Warming temps, loss of sea ice linked to sharp drop in penguin numbers
By Bob Berwyn
SUMMIT COUNTY — Populations of two penguin species living in western Antarctica are declining rapidly, most likely because the loss of sea ice is reducing the abundance of krill, their primary food source, as well as competition from whales and the pressure of commercial krill fishing.
The number of both Adelies and chinstrap penguins has dropped by half since the 1980s. In that same span, mean winter air temperatures in the region have climbed by up to 10 degrees, leading to a huge loss of sea ice.
SUMMIT COUNTY — You had to know it was coming sometime. I’m actually surprised I was able to resist posting a penguin photoblog for as long as I have. They’re so cute and photogenic, as well as incredibly tame, so you don’t even have to have any special wildlife photography skills to photograph them. But I have an ulterior motive, or two of them, actually. I’m hoping these birds are cute enough to drive a record number of page views to a single post — call it a social media experiment. Continue reading “Morning photo: Penguin power!”→
SUMMIT COUNTY — Last year, Leigh and I had the good fortune of traveling to Antarctica for a first-hand encounter with fuzzy penguins and the very real impacts of global warming. Since the Antarctic research season is just getting started, I wanted to post a few pictures and links. One of the best places to keep up with the latest research is the Antarctic Sun, the daily paper published by the U.S. Antarctic Program. Most of the pictures in this photoblog also lead to portals for information about some of the environmental issues facing the frozen continent. Continue reading “Morning photo: End of the Earth”→