As part of Exodus' commitment to conservation and responsible travel, we have teamed up with Penguin Lifelines, a conservation project at the University of Oxford to understand the impact of climate change and fisheries on Antarctic penguins and to design a protected area network.
Following successful trips with Exodus every year from 2010 to 2014, we are pleased to have Dr Tom Hart, penguinologist (yes, that really is his job title!) once again joining six of our 2014/15 departures to Antarctica.
Tom and the team will be on Antarctic Explorer and Falklands, South Georgia and Antarctica via South Sandwich and South Orkney Islands trips.
Whilst on board, Tom gives lectures about his on-going work to protect penguins and the threats they face. If you have any penguin-related questions during the voyage, then he's the person to ask!
Click here to read Dr. Tom Hart's blog
Update posted: September 2014
LINK TO TRIPS
WHAT IS THIS PROJECT ALL ABOUT?
Dr Tom Hart explains all:
"I'm trying to work out how penguins are responding to climate change, fisheries and human impact. By teaming up with Exodus I have been able to reach even more places in Antarctica and study even more penguins! Antarctica is a hard place to work, so conservation studies are largely based on a few sites near scientific bases. With the increased pace of climate change and expanding fisheries in the area, we urgently need to fill in some of the gaps. Many of these sites for which we have limited data are visited regularly by tourists and polar wildlife enthusiasts. So, if we can design a monitoring network that works from expedition ships, knowledge and conservation in the region would be given a real boost.
Working with Exodus, we’ve been able to reach far more sites than ever before. We’re generating more data than we thought possible, and it’s grown into a powerful network. You can even take part, by helping us to count penguins at www.penguinwatch.org or find out more about our work at www.penguinlifelines.org
See videos for more information on the:
Penguin Lifelines project | Placing camera traps | Penguin camera time-lapse
WHAT DO WE WANT TO ACHIEVE THIS YEAR?
This year, we will be on trips around the Antarctic Peninsula, South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands. The team of Tom, Caitlin, Mike, Rachael, Gemma, Hila and Eamonn will be on board for a total of three months, trying to access and change cameras at sixty sites!
Perhaps the most exciting prospect this year is the initiation of satellite linked cameras, which allow us to access images from our field sites year-round from our offices in the UK. If the cameras work, they are going to revolutionize monitoring around Antarctica - we will be able to monitor wildlife in places we only visit every 10 years!
WHAT CAN YOU DO TO HELP?
1) Firstly, if you are planning on joining a Polar trip to Antarctica, please make everyone in your group aware of what Exodus are doing. Help us spread the word!
2) Join one of our special Tom Hart departures aboard the Ocean Diamond to help his ongoing research and get involved in the monitoring wildlife in such a remote area.
3) If you would like to contribute to Penguin Lifelines, we invite you to 'adopt a colony'. You can contribute to the placing of a web camera that will be used to monitor the penguins with minimal disruption to their environment. You can donate by clicking the "donate now" button.
WOULD YOU LIKE TO KNOW MORE?
You can contact our Exodus Project Manager Sarah Ahern
For more information on this project, please visit www.penguinlifelines.org