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Ellie Cohen, President and CEO, Point Blue Conservation Science

Antarctica, Palomarin and the US Government Shutdown October 16, 2013

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Adélie penguins. Photo by Viola Toniolo

Grant Ballard, PhD, Point Blue‘s Chief Science Officer, recently presented on our collaborative Antarctic research at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Grant’s in-depth and highly-recommended briefing is available for viewing here.

Tracking changes in Adélie penguins and the Ross Sea ecosystem since 1972, Point Blue is contributing to the scientific basis for a marine protected area in the Ross Sea, the world’s last near-pristine ocean.  


In a poignant turn of events, our Ross Sea studies for this austral spring and summer have been put on hold due to the US government shutdown. As one Antarctic scientist remarked (see yesterday’s New York Times), “It’s like the biography of the earth with a couple of pages in the middle torn out.”

Additionally, our bird ecology studies at the Palomarin Field Station (in Point Reyes National Seashore) are suspended for now. Click here to read today’s excellent Huffington Post column about the shutdown’s impact on our research.

Point Blue’s long-term bird ecology studies are vital to understanding growing environmental threats and to developing solutions that benefit wildlife as well as people. Thank you for your continued support that makes our vital work possible!

For more information, www.pointblue.org!

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