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CATASTROPHIC OIL SPILL - TRISTAN

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Thank you to Pops for Penguins supporters! We exceeded our goal and wish the best for the Rockhopper Penguins when they return in August.

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BENEFITING: FOUNDATION FOR ANTARCTIC RESEARCH

ORGANIZER: Sandra

THE STORY:

Pops for Penguins - May 24, 2011

(Asheville, NC) - In June, a Pops for Penguins fundraiser will compliment the completion of the school year for the Third Grade Penguins at Rainbow Mountain Children’s School.  The fundraiser is organized by Dulcita Love who met Gabriella Oviedo, owner of King of Pops handcrafted popsicles at the 8th Annual Montford Music & Arts Festival in May.  The creative flavors on the street menu were eye-catching and one taste was enough to ask for Gabriella’s card.

 

The Third Grade Penguins will celebrate their final week in school with a year-end picnic.  The idea of bringing the King of Pops cart seemed like the perfect addition to a picnic event in June.

 

In honor of the Penguins, Dulcita began researching about Penguin rescue.  She was surprised to learn that 40 percent of the world’s Rockhopper population were exposed to an oil spill in March 2011. 

 

Dulcita emailed Sandra Birnhak, Director of the Foundation for Antartic Research, who is organizing fundraising efforts to assist in cleaning oil from Rockhoppers and study the impact of the oil on the Rockhopper population.  

 

Sandra quickly responded “We are raising money for the Rockhopper counts in August when they return for the breeding season.  The oil spill has no doubt put them near the top of the endangered species list.  We have Rockhopper Pins that might help with your fundraising. Thanks so much for thinking of us.  I'm copying a few of our advisors - an idea they might be interested in for school children.”

 

For every popsicle sold for the Third Grade Penguins year-end picnic, a donation will be made toward Pops for Penguins.  Even before learning about the Rockhoppers life-threatening encounter with an oil-spill, a stuffed toy Rockhopper named “Rockhopper” has had a special place in Dulcita’s home.

 

To contribute toward Pops for Penguins in honor of the Third Grade Penguins graduation, visit: 

http://www.crowdrise.com/CATASTROPHICOILSPILL-TRISTAN/fundraiser/dulcitalove

 

“Pops for Penguins honors the completion of the Third Grade Penguins school year in Asheville NC by helping to preserve their chosen mascot.” ~ Dulcita Love

 

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Sandra Birnhak wrote -

Photo Credit:  Herma Van Gerner, The Netherlands
 
Brief Update - 5/15/11  - On hold waiting for the Rockhopper counts to begin in August when they return to Nightingale. 
 
Until the penguins return in August for the next breeding season, we won't realize the
full impact of this oil spill. Even then, we still won't have all of the answers to these questions. But, when they do return (after spending months feeding at sea in preparation for the breeding season), conservation officers on the islands will be able to conduct nest counts, which should give us some indication of how many penguins might have been lost that were not accounted for at this time. To fully understand the long-term impact the MS Oliva oil spill will have on this pristine region, and on the endangered Northern Rockhopper penguins, will require long-term monitoring. This project will require a great deal of funding - and it will not be covered by the ship's insurers. 
 
NEWS UPDATE - 04/18/11
http://thepenguinlady.wordpress.com/author/thepenguinlady/

Oiled Rockhopper penguins at Tristan da Cunha being washed and rehabilitated - long term impact of the MS Oliva oil spill on the population still in question.

Dyan deNapoli - The Penguin Lady | April 18, 2011 at 10:25 am

The latest reports indicate that the recovery of any more oiled penguins from the islands in the Tristan da Cunha island group has probably concluded. Conservation officials on the islands have said they believe that all of the live oiled penguins have now been collected and brought to the rehabilitation center on the main island (Tristan da Cunha). This temporary rehabilitation center was constructed after supplies and staff from SANCCOB (Cape Town's seabird rescue center) arrived on the tug, Svitzer Singapore, on April 5th. Extremely rough seas made it nearly impossible to access several of the islands over the last week or two, but now that a helicopter has arrived (as of last Tuesday on the Russian research vessel, the Ivan Papanin), they should be able to conduct more thorough surveys of the islands. The good news is that the rough seas have helped to break up the oil in the waters surrounding the islands.

Once the Svitzer Singapore arrived from Cape Town with frozen fish and cleaning supplies (including detergent, wash-tubs, degreaser, toothbrushes, hot water heaters and infrared heat lamps), the training of volunteers and cleaning of the oiled penguins could finally begin. Which was a tremendous relief. However, these birds had been coated in toxic oil for so long that they were in a very compromised state. In the past week, 1,577 of the 3,718 oiled penguins died. At this point, the exact cause of these deaths has not been released.

Washing a Rockhopper penguin at Tristan da Cunha. Photo by Katrine Herian, RSP

Washing a Rockhopper penguin at Tristan da Cunha. Photo by Katrine Herian, RSPB

But we do know the following from previous experience; an oiled animal will compulsively preen or groom itself (a penguin uses its beak to do this) so they ingest the toxic oil covering their bodies. This leads to dehydration, anemia (the red blood cells get broken down from ingesting the oil, and they also get bleeding ulcers), and other health issues. Eventually, this long-term exposure to the toxic oil can kill them. So, the ideal situation is to get the penguins washed as soon as possible once they have been oiled (after giving them 24-48 hours to stabilize after being captured and transported).

But, unfortunately, due to circumstances beyond the control of the islanders and the conservation officers stationed there (and the penguin experts coming from Cape Town), the necessary supplies did not arrive until three weeks after the oil spill occurred. The hold-up was apparently on the governmental level in the UK (this island group is a British territory). We still do not have answers as to why the official response from the UK was so slow and insufficient. Had professional rescue teams (bringing necessary supplies) been allowed to go to Tristan as soon as this oil spill occurred, the lives of many more penguins would undoubtedly have been saved.

Emaciated oiled penguin rescued on March 23rd. Photo by Katrine Herian, RSP

Heavily oiled, emaciated penguin rescued on March 23rd. Photo by Katrine Herian

The timing of this oil spill also was disastrous for the penguins, because they were just completing their annual molts (during which they fast for 2-3 weeks), and were already extremely thin to begin with. Before the Svitzer Singapore arrived with 20 tons of frozen sardines, islanders fished for local fish to feed the penguins - and even donated all of the fish in their personal freezers to the cause. According to the latest reports, the islanders are doing a wonderful job washing the penguins and nursing them back to health under the direction of the rescue teams. For more details on this, you can read last week's article from BirdLife International Community, titled Wash and dry for rockhoppers at rehab center. This page from the official Tristan da Cunha website also has updated reports: Seabird Rehabilitation on Tristan da Cunha main island.

So several questions remain; How many penguins died on the islands or at sea before they could be collected or counted? How many of the rescued penguins will survive, and how many will continue to breed after being rehabilitated and released? How will this oil spill impact the future survival of this endangered species? How will affect the local ecology of this island group? Will the oil enter the food chain, thus affecting the penguins and other seabirds further? At this point, the local lobster fishery has been shut down due to oil contamination. This fishery is the primary source of income for the 270 islanders living on Tristan da Cunha. How will this oil spill impact the islanders as well?

Until the penguins return in August for the next breeding season, we won't realize the full impact of this oil spill. Even then, we still won't have all of the answers to these questions. But, when they do return (after spending months feeding at sea in preparation for the breeding season), conservation officers on the islands will be able to conduct nest counts, which should give us some indication of how many penguins might have been lost that were not accounted for at this time. To fully understand the long-term impact the MS Oliva oil spill will have on this pristine region, and on the endangered Northern Rockhopper penguins, will require long-term monitoring. This project will require a great deal of funding - and it will not be covered by the ship's insurers.

Hand-feeding a thin, oiled Rockhopper penguin at Tristan da Cunha. Photo by Estelle van der Merwe

Hand-feeding a thin, oiled Rockhopper penguin at Tristan da Cunha. Photo by Estelle van der Merwe

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Pops for Penguins, Danielle, King of Popss

Pops for Penguins, Danielle, King of Popss

DONATION: $38

From the Third Grade Penguins fundraiser - Pops for Penguins - on June 2, 2011, plus Danielle, Dulcita, and Gabriella/King of Pops. Supporting the Rockhopper Penguins in Tristan with Sandra & Team from The Foundation for Antartic Research. 3 years ago

Dulcita Love

Dulcita Love

DONATION: $20

In honor of The Third Grade Penguins and Pops for Penguins. This is from pre-ordered pops proceeds. More to come later after our Pops for Penguins event today! 3 years ago

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DONATION: $25

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Menfrie van Gerner

Menfrie van Gerner

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Because It's Menfrie's birthday today! He loves Penguins. 3 years ago

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Lynn Keaton

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