Counting penguins in the Southern Ocean: what does it take to be a penguin counter?
The Southern Ocean is an unforgiving and magical part of the world. Several species of unique seabirds make their home here, with the penguins having some of the most amazing adaptations for life in this harsh environment. Because penguins, like most seabirds, are conspicuous parts of the ecosystem, they are prime candidates to act as sentinels of climate change. The key to making use of penguins to track ecosystem changes is a strong and consistent monitoring program which feeds data directly to scientists and managers. Join Grant on a typical journey to Antarctica leaving from Ushuaia, Argentina, to South Georgia and then to the Antarctic Peninsula. He will discuss the trip from the eyes of a penguin counter and talk about how these data can be used to inform important management decisions in the most pristine environment on the planet.