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Conservation and Art: Penguins!

January 11 @ 10:00 am 11:30 am PST

Learn all about the science of studying penguins to better protect their habitat with Point Blue Conservation Science and learn tips to draw these wonderful birds.

Join John Muir Laws and special guest Dennis Jongsomjit from Point Blue Conservation Science to discuss penguin research and art. All ages and experience levels are welcome. No registration is necessary.

Meet Dennis Jongsomjit

As a Geospatial Ecologist at Point Blue Conservation Science, I have focused my efforts on modeling, mapping, and investigating landscape and climate change factors affecting the distribution of wildlife populations. I’ve worked on projects examining the potential future distributions and abundance of vegetation and birds throughout the western U.S. and northern Mexico, modeling the distributions of species in Antarctica and the Southern Ocean, and modeling the effects of sea-level rise on tidal marsh habitat around San Francisco Bay. 

Being utterly fascinated as a kid with wildlife programs on television, I escaped from the jungles of Los Angeles to earn my Bachelor of Science degree in Wildlife Conservation Biology from the University of California, Davis. in 2001 I was hired as an intern nest searcher (a “gridder”) at our Palomarin field station, where my task was to find and track bird nests and territories. Getting to know dozens of songbirds individually for a summer was mind-altering and I was never able to see birds the same way again. More recently I received my master’s degree in Geography and Geographic Information Science at SF State University where I studied how the Adélie Penguins that breed on Ross Island, Antarctica make the longest known migration for the species.

I’ll be presenting a brief overview of penguins in general, a summary of the work we’ve been doing in the Antarctic over the last nearly 30 years, and I’ll share what a day in the life of an Antarctic field biologist looks like. Some questions I’ll address are: How cold does it get down there? Do we actually go without any showers for 3 months? How does it feel to hold a penguin? How does Point Blue’s monitoring help protect important habitats? And I hope you’ll have more!

Suggested donation: $20. Your donation helps support me and my family. Your generosity is deeply appreciated and it makes an immediate difference in my ability to continue to offer these programs. Your donation is tax-deductible. Click here to donate. If you are not able to donate at this time, no problem–please continue to enjoy the classes and find another way to pay it forward in your community with acts of kindness and service. Thank you!

If you are new to Zoom or are having trouble with the meeting controls, please see these notes and suggestions on Zoom Tips for Online Classes with John Muir Laws to help you get more out of the online workshop. When possible I will also make a recording of the workshop and post it on my blog. I look forward to seeing you there!


  • Your Journal and favorite drawing materials. Taking notes while you watch and participate will help you remember the new techniques and incorporate them into your journaling.
  • Your sense of humor!
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