The Trials and Tribulations of Adélie Penguins in a Rapidly Warming Antarctic

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Between 2005 and 2006, author Fen Montaigne traveled to Antarctica with Fraser to observe the life cycle of the penguins.

This cycle begins every October, Montaigne explains, during the Antarctic spring. "Adélie penguins migrate hundreds of miles to the colonies where they were hatched or had mated the season before. There they wait patiently for the snow to melt so they can begin building nests out of pebbles."

This remarkable ability has been tested with surprising results. "In one experiment," Montaigne says, "scientists snatched five penguins from a colony in east Antarctica, flew them across the continent, and dropped them off. Three of the five successfully made the 2,400-mile journey home."

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Photo credit: Fen Montaigne