Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Monday, September 29, 2008
Birds do not put their heads under their wings when they sleep, but instead bury the bill into the scapular feathers.
Penguins are the only birds that properly hide the bill under the wing: they can't submerge any part of their head within their scapular feathers, because their feathers are so short.
If you're interested in the sleeping behavior of other creatures, read "Sleep behaviour and sleep postures" at Tetrapod Zoology.
Photo from Flickr, by jpmatth
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
The California Academy of Sciences building in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, California is planning a grand opening.
What's being heralded as the greenest museum building in the world opens its doors to the public on September 27, 2008. The new academy in Golden Gate Park is insulated with nontoxic, second hand blue jeans and capped with a 2.5 acre living roof planted in native wildflowers.
Take a behind-the-scenes look at how the African Penguins are acclimating to the new Academy. Choose from any one of the three live webcams to watch the penguins.
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Thousands of Magellanic penguins have begun their yearly arrival to the coasts of the southeastern Argentine province of Chubut, where they will mate and breed for the next few months.
Local media on Friday broadcasted live images of the penguins walking ashore to meet their mates in what they call "The Penguin's Vigil".
And for the first time, this year the local Chubut government have also set up a website which is streaming the penguins' arrival to the Patagonia for 72 consecutive hours.
The migratory sea birds travel thousands of miles every year around this time from the coasts of Brazil to meet their partners and reproduce in the Patagonia's penguin colonies.
As temperatures begin to drop the penguins will then make their way back up the continent in search of warmer waters.
Chubut penguin website (in English)
Chubut daily penguin videos
Friday, September 19, 2008
Quark Expeditions is offering the ultimate expedition for Penguin lovers in November 2009 to journey to Snow Hill Island and South Georgia seeking the world's two largest penguins.
The 22-day "Emperors & Kings: Snow Hill and South Georgia" expedition is priced at $21, 890 to $35,890.
This is more money than I earn in a year & I'd have to take time off from work. But, you only live once, right?
Thursday, September 18, 2008
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
This photo provided by the Riverbanks Zoo and Gardens in Columbia, S.C. shows Ricky, a 7 year-old Rockhopper penguin making a painting to raise money for the wildlife conservation efforts.
Ricky's painting was the first sold in the auction of art by animals nationwide for $ 180 Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2008, in Columbia, S.C.
"What we did basically was put some paint on the floor and aim him toward it with a fish on the other side," Martin Vince, curator of birds at the South Carolina zoo, said.
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Monday, September 15, 2008
Friday, September 12, 2008
Thursday, September 11, 2008
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Penguins may be waddling closer to protected status under the Endangered Species Act, now that a judge has told federal regulators to determine whether the aquatic birds are in danger of extinction.
The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service must say by Dec. 19 whether 10 species of penguin should be listed under the act, U.S. District Court Judge Ricardo Urbina ruled yesterday in federal court in Washington, D.C. The settlement could affect the emperor, southern rockhopper, northern rockhopper, Fiordland crested, erect-crested, macaroni, white-flippered, yellow-eyed, African, and Humboldt penguins.
“Right now penguins are marching towards extinction due to the impacts of global warming,” Shaye Wolf, a seabird biologist with the Center for Biological Diversity, said in a press release. “Protecting penguins under the Endangered Species Act is an essential step toward saving them.”
The Endangered Species Act limits economic and other activities that threaten species protected under the law and the ecosystems they need to live.
Source: Scientific American
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
Friday, September 5, 2008
Peep gobbles down her share of smelt and capelin just like the other penguins at the Tennessee Aquarium. However, this gentoo penguin still finds room for more fishy treats while she is creating artwork behind-the-scenes at Penguins' Rock.
The painting sessions are offered as an enrichment activity for the birds in the gallery back-up area. "Anything that is new and different is exciting for the animals. And painting is one activity that helps keep their minds active and healthy," said Amy Graves, senior aviculturist at the Aquarium. "The door is always open during the painting sessions so the penguins don't get stressed. They simply come and go as they please."
Although not well known in fine art circles, Peep's artwork will go in front of a global audience of potential bidders. On Tuesday, September 16, the Auction Network will conduct a live auction featuring artwork created by animals from zoos and aquariums accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). An original painting called, "Happy Feet" by Peep will be one of the numerous pieces up for sale during The Arts by Animal auction, which will be broadcast online in high-definition beginning with a special pre-show at 4 p.m. EDT, followed at 5 p.m. with the live auction.
This three-hour live auction is expected to draw a worldwide audience, and will feature appearances by wildlife celebrities Jack Hanna and Nigel Marven. People are encouraged to visit http://www.auctionnetwork.com/aza now to view the entire catalog, see video bios on the animal artist and even place proxy bids before the auction begins.
Thursday, September 4, 2008
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
Penguin Push is a great little game. Use your arrow keys to push the silver blocks into the yellow holes to progress to the next level. Sure it sounds easy, but you had better plan ahead.
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Or play it at Owen's World.