Today we have been rolling along rather slowly due to snow and poor visibility – and it’s getting colder – last report said 0.4 C. Evan the chief engineer kindly whipped up two new lever bridges that were buzzing on baby harp, and I wrote the third verse of my song. We had an environmental briefing, which included information about Australia’s excellent and continuing environmental strategies and programs to minimise ‘alien’ impact, as well as films illustrating how to keep distance from penguins and other wildlife so as not to stress them. Heartbeats have been recorded on Adelie penguins demonstrating exactly when a penguin starts to get stressed, and how that can impact on their energy systems. If we sit quietly they can approach us – hopefully! Also we had to do a final cleaning of any outdoor wear and shoes – scrubbing and bleaching shoes to remove any soils and bacteria, and vacuuming seeds from inside shoes, clothing and bags.
February 16, 2011