The Earthwatch Institute in Allston will feature a talk titled “Saving the Penguins of Robben Island, South Africa.”

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Earthwatch Institute’s first public lecture in Allston about penguins

The Earthwatch Institute will bring its scientists to the Allston-Brighton community on Aug. 30 (Monday) at 6:30 p.m. The talk, titled “Saving the Penguins of Robben Island, South Africa,” will be held at the Harvard Allston Education Portal on 175 N. Harvard St., and is co-sponsored by the University.

Leading experts Peter Barham of the University of South Bristol, United Kingdom, and Les Underhill of Cape Town University, South Africa, will discuss how together with Earthwatch volunteers they are helping to reduce the impact of various threats on Robben Island, where 13,000 penguins were affected by the country’s worst oil spill in 2000. Most penguins were cleaned and released, but the future of this penguin population (reduced by 90 percent in the past century) is by no means assured.

The Earthwatch Institute moved to the neighborhood of Allston in March.

Tickets can be obtained by e-mailing, or by calling 978.450.1212.