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Flight WaysLife and Loss at the Edge of Extinction$
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Thom van Dooren

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780231166188

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231166188.001.0001

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Urban Penguins

Urban Penguins

Stories for Lost Places

Chapter:
(p.63) Three Urban Penguins
Source:
Flight Ways
Author(s):

Thom van Dooren

Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231166188.003.0003

This chapter inquires on how the lives of many others are fatally tied to lost places by investigating the lives of penguins. Penguins have maintained a connection to the land, as they are drawn out of the sea each year by their own avian biological reflex—the need to breed. Because they cannot fly great distances, the penguins need a place where there is proximity to a steady food supply. A colony of Little Penguins (Eudyptula minor) nests in Manly Point, which, in recent years, are thought to be the last in New South Wales, Australia. The shoreline that they rely on for nesting has been transformed into seawall structures at the discretion of homeowners. Because Little Penguins possess a strong “site fidelity,” they employed all possible means of getting a safe place to breed, even to the extent of being hit by cars or taken by dogs in the process.

Keywords:   penguins, avian biological reflex, Little Penguins, Eudyptula minor, Manly Point, New South Wales, Australia, site fidelity

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