St Kilda penguins at risk

The Port of Melbourne Corporation’s plan to monitor Phillip Island penguins rather than a colony at St Kilda, which is closer to bay dredging work, has outraged environmentalists.Earthcare St Kilda, a voluntary group that has monitored the St Kilda penguins for 20 years, said the port authority was trying to hide any negative effects from the public.

It believes the St Kilda colony of 1200 penguins is most at risk from the dredging because its primary food source, anchovy, is likely to be decimated by work scheduled for the Yarra River mouth at the time they usually spawn.

“It may not wipe out the whole lot but it will take a long time for the colony to recover,” Earthcare’s co-ordinator of penguin research, Zoe Hogg, said.

(Read more at The Age)

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One response to “St Kilda penguins at risk

  1. I read today that more and more penguins are dying in Antartica due to the fact that the water is heating up the Krill, that they eat.

    I don’t want to give my money to an organization that might save them or might use it to fund something else.

    What can we do to help these penguins?

    Any ideas?

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