Update from the Arctic

More from Penguin Watch is imminent, but I thought you’d like to get an update from the “wrong” end of the world. I got swamped and have neglected the blog, so here are some photos from a trip to Svalbard for kittiwake and guillemot research. This is very different to penguin lifelines as this is more via collaborating with many other fieldworkers around the Arctic.

Mark Jessopp (from the CMRC in Ireland http://www.cmrc.ie/dr-mark-jessopp.html) and I placed and serviced a couple of cameras on Svalbard, with Quark again on the Sea Adventurer. It was great to be on with a bunch of friends and really great to work with Woody and Annie. Most importantly, the camera we placed last year was still there!

More coming on this in the next few months; we’re revamping penguin watch to be more useful for colony counts and to go beyond penguins. Stay tuned!

Tom and Mark celebrate a camera that survived the winter - we didn't really expect that!

Tom and Mark celebrate a camera that survived the winter – we didn’t really expect that!