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Birding club documents frequent flyers around McMurdo Station

Birding club documents frequent flyers around McMurdo Station

New Features | Life on the Ice
Monday May 23, 2022

Birdwatchers used their free time to catalog the birds calling Hut Point Peninsula their home.


'The Nutcracker' Comes to McMurdo

'The Nutcracker' Comes to McMurdo

Features | Life on the Ice
Monday May 09, 2022

Residents of McMurdo Station experienced a one-of-a-kind performance earlier this year: a reimagining of The Nutcracker ballet.


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Apr
04
2022

Tug of War builds camaraderie between Americans and New Zealanders

Features | Life on the Ice

A friendly competition brings Antarcticans from neighboring bases closer together for fun and games at the Governor General's Cup.


Feb
28
2022

Looking back at McMurdo's history

Features | Life on the Ice

On Wednesday, January 19, McMurdo staff organized the annual one-night-only pop-up museum in the station's galley, displaying artifacts and literature from McMurdo's nearly 70-year history.


Oct
18
2021

Making music at McMurdo provides a taste of home

Features | Life on the Ice

Living and working in Antarctica can be challenging, but the staff at McMurdo Station use music to build friendships, express their creativity, and bring beauty to the harsh conditions of the continent.


Mar
01
2021

Podcast: The Fire Department

Features | Operations

The Antarctic Sun is taking a behind-the-scenes look at the workers and what they do to make science at the bottom of the world possible. This Episode: The Fire Department. Even on a continent without any trees, fire is a big concern. The dry, windy conditions mean that if left alone, a spark could get out of control quickly.


Nov
16
2020

The Infamy of the Skua

Features | Life on the Ice

Like clockwork in late November, the residents of McMurdo Station look to the sky and spot something that many haven't seen in months - birds. The arrival of these feathered creatures is greeted by many with curiosity and anticipation, but also with some suspicion.


Nov
02
2020

Podcast: The Search and Rescue Team

Features | Operations

In Antarctica, scientists conduct cutting edge research on a harsh and barren continent. It's no easy task, but to help make it happen the U.S. Antarctic Program employs small army of support staff to get these researchers the supplies they need, transport them to where they need to go and keep them safe throughout.


Aug
10
2020

Podcast: Field Support and Training

Features | Operations

In Antarctica, scientists conduct cutting edge research on a harsh and barren continent. It's no easy task, but to help make it happen the U.S. Antarctic Program employs small army of support staff to get these researchers the supplies they need, transport them to where they need to go and keep them safe throughout.


Jun
15
2020

The Worst Journey - and the Best Journey to Create a Polar Expedition Graphic Novel

Features | Artists and Writers Program

Artist Sarah Airriess is sharing one of the most celebrated accounts of the golden age of Antarctic exploration with a new generation. The Worst Journey in the World is the acclaimed memoir by Apsley Cherry-Garrard, a member of Robert Falcon Scott's final, ill-fated Antarctic expedition.


Dec
02
2019

The Antarctic Treaty's Diamond Anniversary

Features | Back in the Day

Sixty years ago, on December 1, 12 nations signed an unprecedented international agreement that set aside their often-contentious territorial claims on the frozen continent and established Antarctica as a place for peaceful coexistence to facilitate scientific research by all nations.


Oct
23
2019

50 Years Of Women In Antarctica

Features | Perspectives

Fifty years ago, four female researchers traveled to the McMurdo Dry Valleys, opening the door for women to work on the frozen continent. Last week, The Byrd Polar Research and Climate Center hosted a special Women in Antarctica symposium to commemorate.


Oct
14
2019

When Women Reached the Ice

Features | Back in the Day

In 1969, Lois M. Jones and her science team made history as the first all-female research team to work for the US Antarctic Program. They were studying the erosion of rocks in the McMurdo Dry Valleys, the subject of Jones's doctoral thesis the previous year. They made history as the first all-female science team on the continent and the first women to reach the South Pole, paving the way for countless women to follow in their footsteps.


Sep
18
2019

Podcast: Fuels

Features | Operations

In Antarctica, scientists conduct cutting edge research on a harsh and barren continent. It's no easy task, but to help make it happen the U.S. Antarctic Program employs small army of support staff to get these researchers the supplies they need, transport them to where they need to go and keep them safe throughout.


Jun
03
2019

Hacking Science with Microscopic Photography

Features | Artists and Writers Program

Ariel Waldman is a true renaissance woman. As an artist, author, innovation advisor, and scientist (often all at the same time) she built a career fueled by her passion for making science as accessible as possible. She spent five weeks in Antarctica collecting and photographing microorganisms that live in the glaciers, sea ice and ponds in the Dry Valleys and on Ross Island.


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