It has been an incredible season with a lot of valuable data collected by a solid crew. There are literally hundreds of people to thank for making this project a success...a substantial proportion of them working as support staff here on station. Nothing would be possible without their wonderful and friendly support. And I certainly can't forget to thank YOU (if you are a tax-paying American citizen). Because this project is completely funded by the National Science Foundation, YOU are paying for it.
This may be my last season here on the ice, and so I hope you have enjoyed some of my attempts to capture not only the project, but also the incredible scenery and majesty of this place. I may have a few more posts left in me, and then I predict Aspiring Ecologist to go silent for an indeterminate period.
A big, final THANK YOU to all my blog followers! I received so much encouraging feedback, which helped me to keep at it, and I'm stoked there is so much interest in the Antarctic and the seals.
To the elementary classrooms that have been following along, THANK YOU too! Keep admiring the world around you...even in your own backyard, there are incredible examples of how diverse, complex, and beautiful the natural world is. And nothing is better to lift the spirits than to waddle around like a penguin for a bit. Or even a seal if you can manage it.