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Why are penguins black (or blue) and white?
29th June, 2017

Penguins of Madagascar snip penguin camouflageThe long standing theory of penguin camouflage is debunked by scientist Dr Thomas Mattern in an excellent blog and video article.

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Annual Report celebrates progress for penguins
23rd May, 2017

Gari as a juvenile penguin cThe West Coast Penguin Trust bases its conservation work on sound science.  That science continues to underpin improved understanding of the threats facing penguins and seabirds in the region for improved conservation management, and the Annual Report, published today, updates readers on all of our projects.

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Penguin enthusiast shares Antarctic experience
12th May, 2017

Emperor penguin sliding - Helen Armstrong March 2017Helen Armstrong recently travelled to Antarctica with Heritage Expeditions. They offer people under 30 scholarships each year so that younger people can experience a place that very few people visit. She shared this report and some photos about her trip earlier this year.

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Gari the penguin prepares to fly to Sydney
3rd May, 2017

Gari, tawaki or Fiordland crested penguin at Wellington Zoo's The NestA nationally endangered tawaki or Fiordland crested penguin named Gari, is heading to Sydney to live at Taronga Zoo, after receiving care and treatment at Wellington Zoo’s Veterinary Hospital, The Nest Te Kōhanga for over two years.

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Variability in the foraging range of blue penguins
2nd April, 2017

2016 map from Proupart et al study April 2017 NZJoZThe little or blue penguin Eudyptula minor is primarily an inshore forager generally feeding within 30 km of breeding sites during the nesting period.  The Trust’s GPS foraging study is part of a wider research project and results have just been published.

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Summer newsletter with penguins and seabird news
14th February, 2017

penguin love cartoon picFor Valentine’s Day, here’s our latest newsletter sharing our love for penguins!

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Tawaki breeding success close to zero
9th February, 2017

tawaki Jackson Head 2014 season at rocky burrow KJWBeech mast leads to stoats leads to breeding failure …. in the third year of the Trust’s monitoring of potential predators and predation of Fiordland crested penguins, stoats at Jackson Head have proved to be a significant threat, taking virtually all eggs or chicks during the 2016 breeding season.

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OK year for blue penguins on the coast
7th February, 2017

IMG_1888 copyThe Trust’s monitoring of blue penguin nests this year in the Charleston area shows that breeding success has been a bit worse than average.

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Good year for Cape Foulwind sooty shearwaters
23rd January, 2017

Reuben Lane checking sooty shearwater burrows with burrowscope, Cape Foulwind, Jan 2017Reuben Lane and Kerry-Jayne Wilson inspected sooty shearwater burrows at Cape Foulwind last Friday and breeding success looks better than ever.

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Seabirds showcased in Cobden
24th December, 2016

bernie-fahey-installing-the-new-cobden-seabird-interpretation-signs-22-dec-2016-thumbnailThe West Coast Penguin Trust has installed three new panels showcasing the seabirds that may be seen at Cobden. Read more