We’ve been to Omaru and have seen these penguins in real life….
This is why Surrounded By Penguins does Trashy Tuesday Beach Clean Ups.
In case you didn’t know Surrounded By Penguins does a Trashy Tuesdays Beach Clean Up that’s open to the public every Tuesday starting at 7am. We pick up litter on various beaches and put it in its place. We call this event Surrounded By Penguins Trashy Tuesday Beach Clean Up. Folx interested are invited to check our website calendar for where we’ll be next and join. For those unable to join in person, we challenge people worldwide to pick up 2 pieces of litter every Tuesday wherever they are and dispose of the litter appropriately. This we call the “2 for Trashy Tuesday Challenge”. Its been proven that many doing a little has more of an impact than one person doing a lot so we encourage everyone to participate. . . . . . #penguins #penguin #penguinlove #penguinlover #cutepenguin #cutepenguins #pengie #pengies #beachpenguins #penguinsofinstagram #penguinshirt #dreamaccomplished #gratitude #thankyoueveryone #trashytuesdaybeachcleanup #trashytuesday #beachcleanup #ocean #beach #litter #putitinitsplace #recycle #gooddeeds #surroundedbypenguinstrashytuesdaybeachcleanup #whoswithme #stuffies #alittlehelpdoesapenguingood #challenge #surroundedbypenguins
This is so cool! Co Executive Penguin of Surrounded By Penguins shared this awesome article with me about the long term efforts of a few organizations working together to attempt to establish a new colony of African Penguins that will be protected and closer to their preferred food.
BirdLife South Africa, Cape Nature, along with SANCCOB and other organizations are attempting to establish a African Penguin colony in De Hoop Natural Reserve. This reserve is actually closer to the penguins preferred food. Drive thru anyone? Actually that’s part of what the problem is. They treat the area like a driver thru and don’t colonize. Although they have attempted to in the past…
In 2003 African Penguins did attempt to establish a colony in the area, but predation forced the penguins to abandon the attempt. This time around, they will be protected from predators! With a fence and other tools to help keep predation down. The organization’s are implementing very smart tactics to promote the likelihood that penguins will once again attempt to roost in the area too. In this video they are releasing juvenile penguins in hopes that they will return to roost in the area when they are of breeding age.
The organization’s even made decoy penguins and set up speakers to play penguins calls. All to entice penguins to attempt colonizing in the Reserve. The decoys look so real!
This is an ongoing long project but we at Surrounded By Penguins are excited and hopeful. I have a feeling that it’ll work. These carefully coordinated efforts will be worth it, I’m sure. Thank you to everyone involved with this project. I admire your hard work and patience. Keep up the good work. Hurry back penguins! Squawk!
Today thanks to Misko_the_penguin on Instagram, I learned about another Antarctic organization doing good for penguins!
The UK Antarctic Heritage Trust!
Their home page states “We preserve historic buildings and artefacts in Antarctica to help current and future generations discover, understand, value and protect this precious wilderness. At Port Lockroy, Base A, we welcome visitors throughout the Austral summer to explore the Museum, visit the most southerly Post Office, observe the penguin colony and share the wonders of the white continent’s history. Along with our ambitious arts, education and events programme, we bring together people from around the world to learn about Antarctica’s past, present and future.”
Your adoption will support the monitoring of the colony and conservation on site at Port Lockroy. With your help, we can protect areas of the island from human interaction and continue studying the breeding success of the gentoos every year. As a charity we are dependent on donations and every gift, adoption and membership helps to support our activity both in Antarctica and around the world.
YOUR GENTOO ADOPTION WILL INCLUDE:
• 12-month adoption
• Gentoo postcard sent from Antarctica
• Gentoo cuddly toy
• Fascinating fact booklet and welcome pack
• Adoption certificate
• Gentoo updates from Port Lockroy
Of course you can help by by also joining their cause, donating, or purchasing items in their shop!
Some time ago my wife showed me a job posting for the Penguin Post Office. We entertained the idea of me working or volunteering there as it would be a way for me to work with penguins… Well penguins around me at least. My wife is guilty of being supportive of my penguin obsession to a fault. Now I’m in the process of interviewing to become a volunteer at the Birch Aquarium! And guess what the Birch Aquarium at Scripps has!!! Little Blue Penguins!!! Although three exhibit is not open yet, it will be very very soon! I’m so excited! But I digress!…
It seems UK Antarctic Heritage Trust does many sciencey helpful things for penguins and Antarctica! From penguin surveys, to podcast educating, and even restoring artifacts! I’m really looking forward to taking advantage of the media they provide about the organization! Yay! I finally have a podcast I’m looking forward to listening to!
I’ll be featuring both the UK ANTARCTIC HERITAGE TRUST and BIRCH AQUARIUM on our Be a Hero page.