Flying to a new home

  • photo courtesy of Pacific Rim Conservation

    This photo shows black-footed albatross on Midway Atoll.

  • photo courtesy of Pacific Rim Conservation

    This photo shows black-footed albatross among laysan albatross on Midway Atoll.

  • photo courtesy of Pacific Rim Conservation

    Black-footed albatross chicks, like this one, were recently translocated from their nests on Midway Atoll to a predator-proof fence on Oahu.

LIHUE — While laysan albatross chicks on Kauai are just about to starting to outgrow their nests, 25 of their cousins are getting used to something new far from their own birthplaces — about 1,300 miles away, according to researchers who recently translocated a group of black-footed albatross chicks from Midway Atoll to the James Campbell National Wildlife Refuge on Oahu.

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