Penguin Awareness Day in the Falkland Islands

No one attending the #FalklandSci symposium expected the locals to be so well dressed. (Photo by Andrew Howley)
No one attending the #FalklandSci symposium expected the locals to be so well dressed. (Photo by Andrew Howley)

The world’s northernmost colony of king penguins has something to celebrate this week, as Tuesday marks Penguin Awareness Day and these well dressed seabirds play host to an international group of scientists gathered to discuss the Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas)’s rich potential for new research.

To welcome their guests, the birds went wild with squawking, flapping, yodeling, and even sizeable hops that could almost pass for flying. (OK, as wild animals, they do all these things regardless of the presence of any humans.)

Hailing from countries up and down the Americas, these experts in life on land and sea, geology, oceanography, and information systems are taking part in the Falkland Islands Science Symposium, investigating opportunities for collaboration between themselves, the South Atlantic Environmental Research Institute (SAERI), and other groups in the region.

Before the talks began though, the delegates piled into Land Rovers and headed out from the main town of Stanley up to Volunteer Point, to see the penguins.

<img src="http://voices.nationalgeographic.com/files/2015/01/stone-run-2-600×223.jpg" alt="On the journey to see the penguin colonies at Volunteer Point, this is about as major as a road —> Read More Here

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