November 2012

 

Bird Island Field Work

23.11.2012 in Education, Uncategorized

Jerry Gillham has recently started a new job studying penguins and giant petrels on Bird Island.  Bird Island is a British Territory in South Georgia.  Thousands of fur seals and seabirds, and a few resident biologists inhabit this small rocky island. You can follow Jerry’s new seabird adventure through his…

Questions.. answers

23.11.2012 in Education, Uncategorized

Answers to a couple of questions asked this week: How many eggs do Fulmars lay?  Fulmars lay a single white egg. How long do Least Auklets live?  7 years, on average. Do Least Auklets Breed? Yes! Seabirds, like most animals and plants, reproduce sexually. Least Auklets lay one egg in…

Foraging Skype Meeting

19.11.2012 in Education, Uncategorized

Today we had our second seabird Skype meeting with St. Paul students. This month’s topic is seabird diet and feeding behavior.  The class has been working on their chosen seabird species accounts, and it sounds like Seabird Bingo has been popular!Below are links for the videos we looked at showing some…

Marine Important Bird Areas

12.11.2012 in Education, Uncategorized

Bird Life International (a global conservation organization) has recently launched the E-Atlas of Marine Important Bird Areas. Seabirds present tricky conservation problems because many species spend their life at sea (only returning to land to breed), and some species travel vast distances across international waters. The E-Atlas of Marine Important…

How much food do puffins eat?

12.11.2012 in Education, Uncategorized

HORNED PUFFINS deliver food to their chick at the colony by holding the prey cross-wise in their bill. It’s fairly easy for scientists to catch puffins and find out what they are feeding their chick.Click here for data collected from Duck Island, a small island in Cook Inlet, in 1997, as…