Posts Tagged ‘Penguin Awareness Day’

World Penguin Day Is Coming

April 20, 2013

Of course everyday is Penguin Day at Penguin Place, but this year we thought we’d actually give you a heads up that World Penguin Day is on the way so you can prepare.   Each year we officially celebrate two penguin holidays (Chilly Willy’s birthday not withstanding).  January 20th is Penguin Awareness Day, which is a day to celebrate penguins and what they mean to us. But, for me the biggie is World Penguin Day on April 25th, because it marks an actual specific event for penguins.  Read all about it here and all the fun things you can do for this waddling cool day.World-Penguin-Day-2013-v2

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Penguin Awareness Day!

January 19, 2012

Yes, it’s that time of year again: National Penguin Awareness Day is Jan. 20 and we hope you celebrate in style. Obviously, if you’re a reader of the Penguin Post then it goes without saying that just about everyday is Penguin Awareness Day, but let’s make this annual event the perfect opportunity to enlighten others to the wonderful world of penguins. Be it something fun and silly, or something more serious like raising awareness to the plight of endangered and threatened penguins around the world.  There are 17 species of penguins and many are threatened by climate change and man made dangers like oil spills and habitat encroachment which makes this years Penguin Awareness Day more important than ever.  But, oil spills aside there’s still plenty of room to make this a fun day to celebrate and share.  The first obvious way to start your day is wearing black and white, then adding some penguin accessories, be it jewelry, buttons, socks, a penguin hat or a pair of penguin mittens. In other words, dress like a penguin, think like a penguin.  Next, how about having some fish for lunch or Penguin Pasta? My daughters are wearing their penguin hats and packing some goldfish crackers with their lunch.   Remember, eating fish is healthy and a penguin would.  A little waddle now and then wouldn’t hurt either,  as would making penguin cupcakes or cookies.  Visit your local penguins at a zoo or aquarium.  Play a penguin board game, like Penguin-opoly or Match of The Penguins.  In the evening how about a viewing of Mr. Popper’s Penguins, Happy Feet or March of The Penguins, or perhaps re-enacting the famous “Penguin Huddle” with someone special.  Sending a Penguin Awareness Day e-card, replacing your desktop with penguin pictures, or forwarding penguin pictures to your friends is also a great way to share your penguin passion.  So, here’s to having a wonderfully waddling National Penguin Awareness Day.

African Penguin Awareness Day

October 13, 2011

We all know about Penguin Awareness Day in April, but who knew there was African Penguin Awareness Day?  Well, the Penguin Post did, and wouldn’t ya know it,  it’s this coming Saturday. In light of African Penguin Awareness Day  exciting new research shows that at least three species of penguins have independently colonized Africa in the past.  But, today only one of those species, Spheniscus demersus, the African Penguin survives. Unfortunately, these penguins are endangered and making a day like this for these waddlers is more important than ever. Population levels for the African (Jackass) Penguins in the wild have plummeted by over 90% in the past hundred years and they are now considered to be endangered, meaning that there is indeed a real risk they won’t be around for much longer in the wild.  Devoting a day to these wonderful penguins should mean devoting ourselves to learning as much as we can about these charismatic warm weather waddlers and pledging to treat our planet and our penguins as best we can.  Penguins are generally considered to be a good sentinel species for the ocean environment. This means that their relative well-being is a good indicator of the health of the overall ecosystem; the challenges facing the African penguins are not really unique to penguins. They suffer from over-arching problems like over-fishing, climate change, habitat loss, introduced predators and, particularly for the African penguin, oil pollution, as written about with passion and detail in Diane DiNapoli’s The Great Penguin Rescue. To quote the eminent Lloyd Spencer Davis, “Saving penguins is not really about saving penguins; it is about saving every living thing–all of us.”

A great read for penguin lovers.

Get Ready For International Penguin Day

April 19, 2010

Next week on April 25th we at Penguin Place and penguin lovers all over the world will observe Penguin Day by doing three things:

a) Wear only black and white.
Tradition allows for a red bowtie on a white shirt but this is optional.
b) Sometime during the day, everyone is encouraged to enjoy a repast of strawberries and chocolate (In any combination).

c) Be prepared to share a good Penguin Joke with your friends. Ideally,this joke should be clean, inoffensive, topical, very funny, mercifully short, and about penguins.

Penguin Day began many years ago when someone at NWC (Naval Weapons Center in Ridgecrest, California) became aware of the migration habits of the Antarctic penguin, the harvest cycle of California strawberries, and the shipping data of worldwide chocolate exporters. On April 25th of every year, the formally-clad penguins of the Antarctic continent begin an incredible northward migration. Penguins are unique in that they are the only migratory birds that don’t fly (they swim). They are also unique in that unlike, say, the Crested Egret, apparently penguins don’t take migration all that seriously. In fact, the penguin’s migratory habits are an embarrassment to most instinctively compulsive species. They start their migration in that same wonderfully grand fashion that, say, the Canadian Geese do. On cue, in synchronicity with some mysterious call of Nature, penguins of great number and varied breeds all dive into that “wild blue under” and head North.

Curiously, they only swim about a hundred miles or so from the ice shelf (or whatever) and, after enjoying an extended “krill break”, they all shrug (as only penguins can) and seem to lose interest in migrating. After bobbing about for a while like millions of undecided, leaderless penguins (which they are), they all head back South and are home by suppertime.

Incredibly, on April 25, on that very same day that the penguins are involved in the above-described odyssey, the Great California Strawberry Harvest takes place. More strawberries are picked, washed, and boxed up in the San Joaquin Valley on that day than in all other places worldwide all year long.

Finally, just to round out the symmetrical convergence of these otherwise unrelated events, the world’s biggest chocolate exporter, Nestle, always ships its greatest tonnage of chocolate during the week of April 25th. It all has to do with cocoa bean futures, Swiss bank practices, and international export regulations.

One may be hard-put to imagine another day of the year that cries out for recognition more eloquently than does April 25th. We call it Penguin Day.

Celebrating Penguin Awareness Day?

January 22, 2010

How did you celebrate Penguin Awareness Day? Believe it or not, Wednesday was a special day honoring the unique birds. And while they’re cute, there are probably some things you don’t know about the puzzling creatures. “I think that everyone thinks that penguins are from cold-weather environments,” said Jeremy Goodman, the director of the Essex County Turtle Back Zoo. This is a common misconception. “Most penguins are from tropical climates, like our African penguins,” he said. And these birds do bite – but they don’t fly. At least not the way you would expect. “They do fly, but they don’t fly in air like other birds,” said Goodman. “They fly in the water. And they are incredibly graceful as they fly in water and use their wings to navigate under water.” Penguins raise their chicks together, and usually mate for life. And why do they look like they’re wearing a tuxedo? “You can imagine that if you’re a shark or a predator trying to eat a penguin, it’s to their benefit because as a predator is looking up, the underside being white will blend in with the sky. And when a predator is coming from above, the side being black blends into the water.” Goodman explained. But why do these birds get their own awareness day? “We’d like to think that all our animals get their own awareness day,” said Goodman. “But today is a specal day. Everybody loves penguins. And we love them at the Turtle Back Zoo.”

These penguins, roaming around the Turtle Back Zoo in Essex County, were the center of attention on Penguin Awareness Day