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David AinleyDavid Ainley has been working with Adélie penguins at four different colonies on the Ross Sea of Antarctica for more than 25 years. He's a biologist for H. T. Harvey and Associates and is a leading expert on how these resilient birds respond to environmental change.

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Snowed In

We just weathered two, plus, days of ‘white out’. That’s when there’s so much snow in the air that you can’t see more than a… {Read More »}

Melting Glacial Torrents

CAPE BIRD, ANTARCTICA-- We paid a visit to Cape Bird to begin a pilot project to assess the hemoglobin and hematocrit (red blood cell count)… {Read More »}

Hatching Eggs

CAPE ROYDS, ANTARCTICA-- Today the first eggs hatched here at Cape Royds, a few days later than the timing of this event last year. The… {Read More »}

Incubating Penguin Eggs and Melting Ice

The penguins are deep in thought incubating their eggs. The fast ice that we can see out our front door is beginning to break apart.… {Read More »}

Weddell Seals in Erebus Bay

Today we conducted an aerial survey of Weddell seals in Erebus Bay. Our project doesn’t usually spend much time observing seals, other than leopard seals… {Read More »}

Whales and Penguins

I guess I might as well show you, the reader, what the view is from the other direction. This picture wasn’t taken from the… {Read More »}

Thanksgiving at the Penguin Colony

CAPE ROYDS, ANTARCTICA-- Well, let’s see, it was chicken and oriental rice for Thanksgiving dinner yesterday eve, and a rousing blizzard outside. Only in the… {Read More »}

Penguins on the Scale

We’ve now got our stuff set up, including the weighbridge. This is an apparatus that identifies penguins (from the computer chip we inject under… {Read More »}

Setting up Royds Penguin Camp

Two of us, Jean Pennycook (a science teacher) and I, arrived at Cape Royds, landing by helicopter chock full of food boxes, camping gear, and… {Read More »}

Adventures with Adélie Penguins at Cape Royds in the 2007–08 Austral Summer

We have set out in the 12th year of a project in which we seek to understand why Adélie Penguin populations have been increasing in… {Read More »}