67-year-old albatross seabird gives birth at Midway Atoll

HONOLULU — A renowned 67-year-old bird is a mother again.

Hawaii News Now reported Thursday that the albatross named Wisdom is the world’s oldest known wild breeding bird.

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration officials said Wisdom welcomed her new chick Feb. 6 at the Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge.

Midway Atoll and Battle of Midway National Memorial in the Papahanaumokuakea (pah-pah-hah-NOW’-moh-koo-ah-KAY’-ah) Marine National Monument are home to more than 3 million seabirds. The birds return each year to rest, lay eggs and raise chicks.

Kelly Goodale, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Refuge biologist, says Midway Atoll is home to countless generations of albatrosses.

Wisdom and her mate welcomed their last chick in 2017. Scientists believe Wisdom has successfully raised more than 30 chicks.


Information from: KGMB-TV, http://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/


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