Béchervaise Island

Adelie penguin surrounding orange field hut.
Adelie penguin monitoring at Googie huts on Béchervaise Island.
Aerial view map of Béchervaise Island.Schematic diagram.

Study site

The Adélie penguin colony on Béchervaise Island near Mawson station consists of 1,800 breeding pairs. It is one of the smallest colonies along the 40km of coastline in the Mawson region where more than 80,000 pairs of penguins breed annually. The birds on Béchervaise Island are located on the north-west end of the Island in 18 discrete sub-colonies. These sub-colonies range in size from one breeding pair to approximately 250 breeding pairs.