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Corticosterone and behavioural responses to people of arriving and departing penguins temporarily confined, Ross Island
Entry ID: K034_2001_2005_NZ_5

Abstract: The corticosterone and behavioural responses of incubating penguins was measured on incubating adelie penguins in the 2001-2002 season. In the 2002-2003 seasons that study was extended to include non-incubating birds. Single penguins walking along the beach were herded into a corral and confined for 15 minutes. Behavioural observations of birds walking along the beach, confined in a corral or confined and exposed to a person standing 1 meter away were made for 10 minutes and then single blood samples were take from each bird 5 minutes later. Blood samples were analysed for corticosterone concentrations.
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Description: Institute of Veterinary, Animal and Biomedical Sciences, Massey University
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Spatial coordinates   
  N: -77.23   S: -77.56   E: 169.27   W: 166.17

Temporal Coverage
Start Date: 2001-11-26
Stop Date: 2003-12-12
Quality The raw data is hormone concentrations and behaviour measurements. These data form the basis of ongoing publications, and are not available in any form.

The plasma samples are in the private laboratory freezers at the Institute of Veterinary, Animal and Biomedical Sciences, Massey University, Palmerston North, New Zealand. It is possible to provide plasma samples once the investigators measurements are made.
Access Constraints The data is only available through contact with the investigator.
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DIF Creation Date: 2005-05-24
Last DIF Revision Date: 2017-08-23