28 AUGUST: CHILE

Our research team has been studying the breeding colony of Humboldt Penguins at Algarrobo, Chile since 1994. While there have been a number of times when heavy rains have effected the breeding success of birds in this colony, the entire colony was washed-out by rains in April-May 1997.

Whether this was a random event or associated with this ENSO event is not known. However, we hope this information, looked at as a part of the bigger picture may help determine which is true. Ed Diebold <ediebold@riverbanks.org>

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