Today an art & craft group gathered to make gifts for the White Elephant gift exchange tomorrow. This means I was able to make a second drawing that I will add to the Christmas tree. This time I drew an Adélie Penguin, a charismatic species that is ice-dependent. This species of penguin has been declining in numbers around the Palmer area. For an excellent read on the many reasons why, please see “Fraser’s Penguins” written by Fen Montaigne. In fact, it was this book that inspired my husband and I to visit Antarctica in 2011. Bill Fraser has been studying the penguin populations in the Palmer area (and other areas also) for a very long time, noting the demise of the beautiful Adélie penguins. He will be at Palmer Station shortly!
Happy Holidays everyone!