Penguins are a group of aquatic flightless birds.
They live almost exclusively in the Southern Hemisphere, with only one species, the Galápagos penguin, found north of the equator.
Highly adapted for life in the water, penguins have countershaded dark and white plumage and flippers for swimming.
Unfortunately, and like many other species these days, penguins are at risk – they have become victims of global warming especially in the region of Antartica.
The threat lies in the fact that penguins depend on sea ice for access to food and for places to breed. But the sea ice has been disappearing, and penguin populations along with it.
So conservation work is now vital and you can help making it a success.
It also matters greatly in understanding better this species – essential tool to protect and preserve them.
Get involved with the Penguin Watch project and help scientists to spot and archive penguins population from photographic material – a great hobby at this time of ‘staying at home’ lasting trend.
Have a look around the Zooniverse site, the guys behind the Penguin Watch project, and find out what else you can contribute to.
“The Zooniverse is the world’s largest and most popular platform for people-powered research. This research is made possible by volunteers — more than a million people around the world who come together to assist professional researchers.
Our goal is to enable research that would not be possible, or practical, otherwise. Zooniverse research results in new discoveries, datasets useful to the wider research community, and many publications.”
Happy penguins spotting!
First seen on Science Alert