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Best reasons to celebrate Penguin Awareness Day

Here’s a wild fellow in a tuxedo truly worth celebrating this Friday: the penguin! January 20 is Penguin Awareness Day, and I plan on doing what I can to honor, protect and spread awareness about how we can help these sweet little seabirds.

hope everyone is ready for friday, which is PENGUIN AWARENESS DAY pic.twitter.com/64PpYTvAzY — casey morell (@csymrl) January 17, 2017

They need our help. Penguins worldwide—from Antarctica, Argentina, Australia and Chile to New Zealand, South Africa and the Galapagos Islands—are facing some serious threats, including:

  1. Rising temperatures due to climate change, which translates to a loss of sea ice. Emperor penguins and adelie penguins of Antarctica are especially vulnerable. According to this article in Stuff, “[These] two species of penguin could not survive without the skirt of sea ice that forms around Antarctica each winter.” To learn more about climate change, check out this Q&A with a penguin scientist.

  2. Habitat destruction from humans (construction, oil spills, pesticides and the like)

  3. Illegal egg harvesting

  4. Industrial fishing

The Casey team celebrate Christmas, continue with #science projects and enjoy a trip to see #icebergs. #penguins https://t.co/UVZnQJciLv pic.twitter.com/Oc7js62QCR — Antarctic Division (@AusAntarctic) January 6, 2017

To celebrate this Friday, you can spread the word on Twitter and Facebook (use hashtag #PenguinAwarenessDay), educate the kids in your life about penguins, or even donate to a charity dedicated to saving penguins (here are just a few):

RT Take a closer look at the cute little #penguins of #Galapagos. pic.twitter.com/gijDvbZcjN — Tim Huijsmans (@HuijsmansTim) January 6, 2017

If you’re feeling extra creative, how about…

  1. Baking some penguin cupcakes

A little bit of baking just me and my girl yesterday. Penguin CupCakes xX #baking #bakingday #CupCakes #Penguins #motherdaughterday #fun pic.twitter.com/pv8e7Zi0OU — Faye Mawer (@FSMawer) January 14, 2017

  1. Delivering stuffed penguins to the local children’s hospital

  2. Dressing the part in a cute penguin sweater


  1. Curling up with a good movie—Happy Feet and March of the Penguins are classics not to be missed. But definitely mark your calendars for February 7—that’s when feel-good movie “Oddball” releases on Amazon and Netflix. It’s based on the true story of how a very special dog saved a population of fairy penguins from extinction by foxes on a small island off the coast of Australia.


However you decide to celebrate, from me to you, happy Penguin Awareness Day!

Photographing Gentoo #penguins during gentle snowfall. Pure magic. Neko Harbour #Antarctica. #homewardbound16 #adoptascientist pic.twitter.com/puhcWM0tyj — Biosphere Env Ed (@biosphere_ed) January 7, 2017

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