Wisdom Hatches Another Chick

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Photo Courtesy of: Naomi Blinick/USFWS Volunteer 
Midway Atoll is home to the world’s largest colony of albatross. Nearly 70% of the world’s Laysan albatross and almost 40% of Black-footed albatross, as well as endangered Short-tailed, all rely on the Refuge and Memorial. Albatross start to arrive to return from sea to breed in late October and by the end of November nearly every available nesting space on the atoll is claimed by a breeding pair.


Wisdom, the world’s oldest known breeding bird in the wild, successfully hatched another chick at Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge and Battle of Midway National Memorial within Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument. The chick hatched approximately two months after Wisdom, at least 66 years old, was first spotted incubating an egg at the same nesting site her and her mate, Akeakamai, use each year.

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