Penguin Awareness Day. Geography of Penguins

hqdefaultToday 20 January 2017 is Penguin Awareness Day. This is a day to raise awareness about penguins, about the environment they live in. There is something that should be addressed about penguins.

-No, they do not live in Alaska

-Antarctica is not the only place you can find them

-Cold places are not the only places you can find them.

Did you know that Antarctica is only home to 4 species of penguins? Did you know that you can find penguins in South America, Australia, Africa, and New Zealand? Better yet, did you know that Ecuador is home to the only species of penguin found in the northern hemisphere? South Africa and Namibia have penguins too.

Believe it or not, there is a geographic element to penguins. In a nutshell, penguins go where the food is. There is a biogeographic element to this. Follow the ocean currents such as the Benguela and the Humboldt. Those cold ocean currents and their upwellings. You can find those penguins and their food.

Watch these videos to learn more.

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The South USA’s Winter Struggles

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The southern USA is not known as a region of cold winters. That reputation is reserved for places like Chicago, Toronto, Montreal, Minneapolis, etc. This is a region known for relatively mild winters.

Many southern cities such as Atlanta, Charlotte, and Birmingham seem to struggle with dealing with snow. The typical theme. One inch of snow and the schools close, people raid the stores for bread and milk, roads turn into accidents waiting to happen.

Lack of experience driving in the snow can be a factor. While it can snow, cities like Atlanta and Charlotte have temperate, subtropical climates. Winters are mild compared to most of the USA. Snow is a rare. It is obvious that one who isn’t used to driving in snow will struggle with it. However, there is another factor.

Southern cities in the USA are more likely to get a ice and the snow that southern cities get is often a slushy consistency.  It’s cold enough to snow, but just enough. Wet snow is the result. While it can accumulate on grass and fields, it is harder for snow to stick on warmer roads. A drop in temperature will mean ice, therefore, a dangerous road surface.

Video below explains this:

National Bird Day

 

 

 

 

 

Greetings. Today 5 January 2017 is National Bird Day in the USA. It is a great day for bird watchers, and those who enjoy birds. It is a day of bird awareness. There is another part to this besides just awareness.

For those who admire birds, look outside, look at the kinds of birds you see around you. Why can you find the birds outside that you see, and not others? Where are those birds gathered? Trees? Flowers? Shrubs? Lakes? Ponds? For the bird lover, for the birdwatcher, think about that. Think about the geographic range of the bird you are looking at. It is winter in the USA, so that should really be something to think about. What birds are around where you live? What is the weather like where you live?

First Post Of 2017: Bird Migration

Happy New Year. 2017 is here. New year, new things to come.

Being that it is winter in the Northern Hemisphere, multiple migratory bird species are flying south for the winter. Video below to explain.

After watching this video, there is another visual to look at. The map is just an example of some bird species’ migration patterns. There are more migratory birds than this, as well as more bird migration routes. These routes just give a graphic representation of the geography of bird migration. Migrationroutes.svg.png