Friday 5 January 2018

Wisdom the oldest known bird returns to nest.

Hi all

I have just heard some amazing news. Wisdom, the Laysan Albatross, has returned to her Hawaiian nesting grounds.
Wisdom has returned to Midway Atoll in Papahānaumokuākea with her mate Akeakamai for the winter breeding season.  U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service staff have confirmed that they have nested and currently incubating an egg.
Wisdom was first ringed with a numbered leg band in 1956, Wisdom has successfully raised and fledged over 35 and travelled millions of miles in her lifetime.
You may remember I travelled to Papahānaumokuākea back in 2010 to see Wisdom and many other nesting albatross.
You may remember I also wear a special necklace, gifted to me by Ron Hirshi and Fred which is made from a albatross numbered leg band. I wear this in remembrance of all the Laysan Albatross chicks they did not get to grow up and died from swallowing plastic. The numbered leg band I wear came from such a chick that died from swallowing plastic.
So I look forward each year to hearing that Wisdom has returned.

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