Among Penguins

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2011-04-01
  • Publisher: Oregon State Univ Pr

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The year he graduated from college, twenty-two-year-old Noah Strycker was dropped by helicopter in a remote Antarctic field camp with two bird scientists and a three months' supply of frozen food. His subjects: more than a quarter million penguins. Compact, industrious, and approachable, the Ad#xE9;lie Penguins who call Antarctica home visit their breeding grounds each Antarctic summer to nest and rear their young before returning to sea. Because of long-term studies, scientists may know more about how these penguins will adjust to climate change than about any other creature in the world. Bird scientists like Noah are less well known. Like the intrepid early explorers of Antarctica, modern scientists drawn to the frozen continent face an utterly inhospitable landscape, one that inspires, isolates, and punishes. With wit, curiosity, and a deep knowledge of his subject, Strycker recounts the reality of life at the end of the Earth--thousand-year-old penguin mummies, hurricane-force blizzards, and day-to-day existence in below freezing temperatures--and delves deep into a world of science, obsession, and birds. Among Penguinsweaves a captivating tale of penguins and their researchers on the coldest, driest, highest, and windiest continent on Earth. Birders, lovers of the Antarctic, and fans of first-person adventure narratives will be fascinated by Strycker's book.

Author Biography

Noah Strycker, an Oregon State University graduate, has studied birds around the world, including on Southeast Farallon Island; in the Kimberley, Australia; in Hawaii; in Panama; and in the Antarctic. He is Associate Editor of the American Birding Association's magazine, Birding. He blogs at www.noahstrycker.com.

Table of Contents

Whiteoutp. 7
Why?p. 17
Southp. 20
Arrivalp. 25
McMurdop. 30
Coffee Housep. 37
A Very Brief History of Penguinsp. 40
Ice Figurep. 45
Visitorp. 50
Homep. 54
Crozierp. 58
Snowcraftp. 63
Bucketheadsp. 69
Flying Machinesp. 73
Touchdownp. 77
Among Penguinsp. 84
Area Mp. 88
Metropolisp. 91
Man Haulingp. 95
Life of a Penguinp. 102
Wranglingp. 104
Penguin Sciencep. 107
Schedulep. 111
Never Trust a Penguinp. 120
Gap Yearp. 127
Emperorsp. 132
Roughed Upp. 136
Blondie and Blackiep. 139
Seawatchingp. 149
Satellite Tagsp. 153
Thanksgivingp. 157
Young Birdersp. 161
Strandedp. 164
The Chasep. 167
Penguin Trafficp. 171
Christmasp. 174
Heat Wavep. 183
Bird Bumsp. 188
Bandingp. 192
Aftermathp. 196
Acknowledgmentsp. 202
Indexp. 203
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