Penguin pressure

Scientists are racing to learn as much as they can about penguins in the hopes of saving them from an uncertain future.

By Emily Sohn, 15:37 PM September 16, 2009

Dee Boersma was studying penguins in Argentina when a local official announced a new plan.

“He wanted to build a boardwalk over 197 [penguin] nests right before hatching,” says Boersma, a conservation scientist at the University of Washington, Seattle. She knew the project would scare the birds and harm their babies. “That was upsetting to me and to others.”

Boersma snapped into action. First, she hid the lumber for the project, so construction couldn’t begin, even though she knew she mi...

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