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Timeout for Antarctica

Text and images by Hugh Powell

This post is just to let you know you’ll likely see a reduction in posting over the next month. That’s because your trusty blogger is taking a break from regular Cornell Lab duties in order to go on a research expedition to Antarctica through the middle of February.

I’ll be mainly writing about an oceanographic expedition in the Ross Sea, whose mission is to explore why its waters are some of the most productive in the world (one reason why so many penguins live there). That won’t leave a ton of time to write about birds—but when I get a chance I’ll be posting here about what I’m seeing—so be sure to check back every so often.

I’ll also post short updates to our Facebook page, so check up on me there! While I’m gone, you’ll also be able to find posts about Cornell Lab news here, written by my coworkers Miyoko Chu, Pat Leonard, Annetta Parke-Houben, and others. (And thanks to them for covering for me while I go on this dream assignment!)

To whet your appetite, and because it’s not really fair to put the word “Antarctica” in the title and not show you at least one penguin, here are some photos from a previous expedition I took to Antarctica, in 2007. See you in February!

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