World’s oldest known, banded wild bird returns to Midway Atoll

Photo credit: Naomi Blinick/USFWS Volunteer

Wisdom and her new chick, February 2017.

Photo credit: Madalyn Riley/USFWS Volunteer

Wisdom incubating her egg, December 2018.

Credit: Jon Brack/Friends of Midway Atoll NWR

Wisdom sits on her nest, November 2020.

Wisdom, a moli (Laysan albatross) and world’s oldest known, banded wild bird has returned to Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge and Battle of Midway National Memorial. At least 69 years old, the first observation of Wisdom at her nest sit took place on November 29. Biologists have confirmed that she has laid an egg. Wisdom and her mate are taking turns incubating the egg.