Here’s Jenna’s report:
Hey all! Life has been quite busy here since I last wrote. Most of our research is done during the “summer season” which is October through April. Over the winter, which is May through September, there’s much less researching going on.
Palmer Station is our location for our long-term ecological research, or LTER, project. This project is made up of several projects. One of them is known as the birders. This group spends a lot of time on the surrounding islands. The rest of us call them crazy!
They have been checking on the Adelie, Gentoo, and chinstrap penguins, brown skuas, and other marine mammals like the elephant and Weddell seals.
My favorite story from this research group is how they check for eggs: by throwing small snowballs at the penguins to make them stand up!
They are checking out everything from plankton, the daily weather, seismic activity (earthquakes!), to scanning the sky to see what is happening in the Antarctic air.
Jenna’s Challenge: In Antarctica, the warmest weather is during January and February and is called the austral summer. Your challenge is to find out why. If you already know, tell us right away! You could win a STEM t-shirt!
Antarctica doesn’t experience its warmest weather during July and August like the US does.