Tuesday, August 10, 2010

International Penguin Conference

It’s sad to say but the 2010 summer is flying by and it will be September before you know it. While most people (kids, in particular) dread the end of the summer, the penguin staff at the New England Aquarium is very excited. From August 30 through September 3, the New England Aquarium will be hosting the 7th International Penguin Conference (IPC).

The IPC has been held every 3 to 4 years starting back in 1988. It is a gathering of penguin researchers from almost every continent to discuss a myriad of topics from foraging and breeding behaviors to threats penguins are facing in the wild. In past years the conference has been held in places like Australia and South America. This year is the first time the conference will be held in North America!

Having the IPC in our own backyard of Boston is a wonderful opportunity for us to learn new things about penguins in the wild, which can be useful in our approach to caring for the penguins at the New England Aquarium. It is also a great opportunity for us to meet people from all over the world who are as passionate as we are about penguins. You can participate in the conference as well by attending the free public event on Wednesday September 1, 2010, at the Aquarium’s IMAX Theatre featuring lectures, pictures and films from some well known penguin biologists. Stay tuned for more information on the public event and about the IPC. You might be interested in their website, too!

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