Chandler Robbins Gave Us Wisdom, For That We Are Thankful

Chandler Robbins Midway

Chandler S. Robbins (1918 - 2017): Renowned Service ornithologist died March 20. He was 98. Born July 17, 1918 in Boston. Robbins devoted his life to birds, their study and protection.


Sadly, we lost this champion of conservation yesterday. At 98 years old, Chandler Robbins never lost his love for birds and continued working for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service long after his official retirement, a career he started in 1945.

Here in the Pacific, Chandler Robbins is the man who connected the world with Wisdom. Wisdom, the 66+ year old Laysan albatross, and her continued ability to successfully hatch chicks, fills people around the world with wonder, year after year.

Banding birds helps us gather important information on the life cycles of birds, which can help guide our conservation efforts. Without early banding activities, that continue today on Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge and Battle of Midway National Memorial, we would not know Wisdom’s story. We can directly thank Robbins for placing that first band on Wisdom in 1956 and again in 2002, when Chandler re-sighted and re-banded Wisdom.

 For more information about his inspiring life and career:

Audubon: In Memory of Chandler S. Robbins

US Fish and Wildlife Service Open Spaces: Renowned FWS Ornithologist Chandler Robbins Dies

May 2016 Article by the Baltimore Sun: Ornithologist Chandler Robbins has lifelong passion for things with wings

A history of Wisdom the Laysan Albatross and the role Chandler played