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The findings of the 2014/2015 Falkland Isands Seabird Monitoring Programme are now available to download.

pdfFISMP Report 2014/2015.pdf1.16 MB

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Posted by on in Wildlife Facility

Rockhopper washedFalklands Conservation's Oiled Seabird Rehabilitation Facility deals with low numbers of seabirds, specifically oiled penguins. The facility is located near to the Veterinary Department in Stanley.

The Oiled Seabird Rehabilitation Facility was developed in response to a review of the Islands’ ability to deal with oiled wildlife in 2010. Falklands Conservation are able to respond to small-scale oil spills and the facility has capacity to deal with up to 20 seabirds at any one time (oiled penguins are currently the most frequently rescued wildlife that we rehabilitate).

 

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Posted by on in Lower Plants and Lichens

Project update coming soon

 

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Posted by on in Habitat Restoration

Project blog coming soon

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Posted by on in Southern Rockhopper Penguins
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A Northern Rockhopper Penguin has been residing at the Falklands in amongst a colony of Southern Rockhoppers. It was first spotted during the Falkland Islands Seabird Monitoring Programme when Falklands Conservation staff visited this particular colony on East Falkland and has also been seen on numerous occasions by local birding enthusiasts.
UPDATE: The Northern Rockhopper finds a mate! The first recorded case at the Falklands of a Nothern Rockhopper x Southern Rockhopper Penguin pair producing a hybrid chick was witnessed on 10th December 2014. The pair were observed sitting on a very small (perhaps 1-2 days old) chick.
 
 
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Posted by on in Southern Rockhopper Penguins
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A Species Action Plan for southern rockhopper penguins at the Falkland Islands has been completed and is now available for download.

Action Plan for Southern Rockhopper Penguins_Falkland Islands_2014-2020 Filesize 783.2 KB Download 832
 
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Posted by on in Southern Rockhopper Penguins

Diving RockhopperNew: A recent paper showing the dispersal of wintering crested penguins from the Falkland Islands and South Georgia is available to read at this open access link: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/jbi.12279/full 

 Ratcliffe, N., Crofts, S., Brown, R., Baylis, A.M.M., Adlard, S., Horswill, C., Venables. H., Taylor P., Trathan. P.N., Staniland, I.J. 2014. Love thy neighbour or opposites attract? Patterns of spatial segregation and association among crested penguin populations during winter. Journal of Biogeography. DOI: 10.1111/jbi.12279.

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Posted by on in King Penguins

King penguins are the second largest species of penguin (Emperor penguin being the largest). They breed on several subantarctic islands, including South Georgia - but the Falklands population is particularly special! This is because the Falkland Isands population is the most temperate breeding site of king penguins in the world.

Pistorius P, Baylis A, Crofts S, Putz K. (2012) Population development and historical occurrence of King penguins at the Falkland Islands. Antarctic Science.

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We deployed SIRTRACK satellite tags during winter 2011 on eight breeding king penguins for periods of 32 – 124 days. King penguins stop feeding their chicks for up to 5 months over winter, which allows them to undertake extended foraging trips that often exceed 50 days. This season, two of the eight satellite tracked king penguins have undertaken remarkable foraging trips over winter.....1800km (round trip) to the Antarctic and back! Combined, the data set (see figure below) represents 733 tracking days and 10,000 at-sea locations.

Our conservation work builds upon previous research to highlight multiple foraging strategies over winter and a degree of foraging plasticity that is simply awesome.  The data is an important step towards identifying ecologically important areas at-sea; a goal of Falklands Conservation. We thank the WWF and the local land owners involved for sharing our passion in the conservation of marine biodiversity.

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Posted by on in Southern Rockhopper Penguins

The island wide census 2010 results can be viewed at: Baylis, A. M.M., Wolfaardt, A. C., Crofts, S., Pistorius, P. A., Ratcliffe, N. 2013. Increasing trend in the number of Southern Rockhopper Penguins (Eudyptes c. chrysocome) breeding at the Falkland Islands. Polar Biology 36: 1007–1018. Or click on the link below:

Southern Rockhopper Penguin Population at the Falklands: Island Wide Census 2010 Filesize 419.32 KB Download 768
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