I just came across an interesting article on how the researchers in Punta Tombo are using computers to aid in data entry and spatial tracking.
And at least one Magellanic penguin appears to approve of the new devices.
Researcher Eleanor Lee sheds light on just how much data they collect each year:
“Up until now, we have collected 6 months worth of data in field notebooks every season. Since the project’s inception, we’ve banded 55,000 penguins, measured 25,000 eggs, and measured 174,019 chicks. We had 1,838 data books in our lab as of Spring, 2008.”
To learn more about the Penguin Project, make a donation, or even follow the penguins by satellite, visit Penguin Sentinels.