World’s Oldest Tracked Bird Returns to Refuge with Mate

We have some uplifting news to brighten any bird-lover’s or conservationist’s day! “Wisdom,” a 64-year-old Laysan Albatross, has returned to her home on Midway Atoll, Hawaii to nest after a year of absence. Laysan Albatrosses are migratory birds and spend much of their time in the air until they settle on a remote island in groups to lay eggs. Found to be happy and healthy at her home on Midway Atoll, Wisdom is a symbol of hope and inspiration in the face of seabird decline. She has already raised 36 chicks and we’re still counting!

It is gratifying to see her return because of the decades of hard work conducted to manage and protect albatross nesting habitat.

Laysan Albatrosses can live for a very long time, but their lives can be cut short by invasive species. Laysan Albatross eggs and chicks can fall victim to invasive rats.
Olivier Langrand IC Laysan Albatross island conservation science
Laysan Albatross chick. Photo by Olivier Langrand

UPDATE: Wisdom Hatches her 40th Chick!

Read the original article at The Guardian

About Sara Kaiser

Sara received a BA in anthropology from UC Santa Cruz in 2014. As a freelance writer and editor, she seeks to produce and highlight stories that support ecological responsibility, body awareness, emotional intelligence, and creative action, and reveal the connections between them.

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