Penguin Meeting In Boston

Every penguin species lives in the southern hemisphere, but that doesn’t mean the world’s leading penguin biologists can’t come north to advocate for the flightless birds.

Penguin biologists from around the globe are gathering in Boston, starting Sunday, for a meeting between conservation groups, government officials and the public about protecting the animals.

The one week International Penguin Conference at the New England Aquarium involves more than 180 people from Australia, Europe, Asia, Africa and the Americas.

Scientists say penguins are barometers of the planet’s health and 12 of the remaining 18 penguin species are on the World Conservation Red List of Threatened Species. Dangers to penguins include oil spills, habitat loss and competition for food from commercial fishing activities.

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