Sunday, June 22, 2008

Wired penguins

The Phillip Island Nature Park is using satellite tracking devices to monitor its penguin colony as two major infrastructure projects impinge on the birds' territory.

The dredging of Port Phillip Bay has been conducted in one of the penguins' feeding areas, while the full effects of the proposed desalination plant near Wonthaggi, closer to their island home, are unclear.

This week, seven birds have had the satellite devices — which look like small black bugs — attached to their backs with waterproof tape.
Source: The Age

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