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    The World's Oldest Known Seabird Is Expecting _ Again
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    HONOLULU — Dec 9, 2016, 6:20 PM ET

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    This Dec. 3, 2016, photo provided by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service shows the world's oldest known seabird, tending to an egg she laid, with her mate, at Midway Atoll, a wildlife refuge about 1,200 miles northwest of Honolulu. Biologists spotted the Laysan albatross called Wisdom at Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge earlier this month after she returned to the island to nest. She was incubating an egg at the same nest she uses each year with her mate. She's believed to be 66 years old. She's also the world's oldest known breeding bird in the wild. (Dan Clark/U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service via AP)


    The world's oldest known seabird is expecting — again.
    Biologists spotted the Laysan albatross called Wisdom at Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge earlier this month after she returned to the island to nest.

    She was incubating an egg at the same nest she uses each year with her mate. She's believed to be 66 years old. She's also the world's oldest known breeding bird in the wild.
    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's project leader for the refuge, Bob Peyton, said in a statement Friday that Wisdom has been returning to Midway for over six decades.

    An ornithologist first put an identification band on her in 1956. She's had a few dozen chicks.
    Midway is about 1,200 miles northwest of Honolulu. It's part of the Papahanaumokuakea (pah-pah-HAH'-now-moh-cuh-ah-cay-ah) Marine National Monument.


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    Clearly, she used a much younger bird's egg.
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    Well, I think she looks damn fine for her age.
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    I thought this was another thread about Mick Jagger.
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    I think I see a few gray feathers.
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    She's so beautiful. Such pretty birds.

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    She's a Duggar.
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    Welfare baby.
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    World’s oldest seabird hatches new chick at Midway Atoll

    Originally published February 16, 2017 at 6:32 pm Updated February 16, 2017 at 7:52 pm
    In this Thursday, Feb. 7, 2017, photo provided by the photo provided by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service – Pacific Region shows Wisdom and her new chick at the Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge and Battle of Midway National Memorial in the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument. The Laysan albatross is about 66 years old and is the world’s oldest breeding bird in the wild. Fish and Wildlife Service project leader Bob Peyton says Wisdom has returned to Midway for over six decades. (Naomi Blinick/USFWS Volunteer via AP)



























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    HONOLULU (AP) — The world's oldest known seabird has a new chick.

    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said Thursday Wisdom's offspring hatched at Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge last week. The Laysan albatross is at least 66 years old and is the world's oldest breeding bird in the wild.
    Fish and Wildlife Service project leader Bob Peyton says Wisdom has returned to Midway for over six decades. He says she has raised at least 30 chicks.

    Midway Atoll is home to the world's largest colony of albatross. The island about 1,200 miles northwest of Honolulu was the site of a pivotal World War II battle.
    Nearly 70 percent of the world's Laysan albatross rely on the atoll for habitat.
    Midway is part of the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument.

    World?s oldest seabird hatches new chick at Midway Atoll | The Seattle Times

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    She found her some young avian dick...good for her.
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    What about her old eggs though?
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    At least no snake snagged her egg...

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    67 and still going strong!


    World's Oldest Albatross On Record Lays Egg At 67

    By Madison Dapcevich

    04 JAN 2018, 23:11


    When you're the oldest bird on record, your birth announcement makes international headlines.
    At 67, Wisdom the albatross has mothered between 30 and 35 chicks so far. The US Fish and Wildlife Service confirmed last month that she and her mate Akeakamai, Hawaiian for "lover of wisdom", were expecting.
    "We thought that maybe she would take the year off because she has raised nine chicks since 2006," said Kate Toniolo, deputy superintendent for the marine national monument, in an interview with IFLScience.
    Biologist Chandler Robbins first banded Wisdom on December 10, 1956, on the Midway Atoll. It wasn't until 46 years later in 2002 that he rediscovered her.

    "She's the oldest bird on record and that's just one of those things where we are in uncharted territory," said Toniolo. "There is a good chance there could be someone older, but we just don't know."
    Each year, Wisdom and her mate return to the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument at Hawaii's Midway Atoll to nest and raise their offspring.
    In spite of her old age, Wisdom faces unnatural challenges that threaten the Laysan albatross (Phoebastria immutabilis) species as a whole. Primarily feeding on squid or schooling fish, the seafaring bird has been known to follow ships during a 16,000-kilometer (10,000-mile) single journey, picking up trash and garbage along the way.

    "Every single bird has been fed plastic," said Toniolo. "None of them escape it."
    To combat the issue, the US Fish and Wildlife Service has started a unique educational program that distributes albatross bolus to school children. Much like an owl pellet, a bolus is the indigestible material thrown up by a juvenile chick. By dissecting the bolus, students can see first-hand exactly how much plastic is regurgitated.
    Albatross chicks usually regurgitate a bolus (pictured here) before they fledge. Photo by Amy Oliffe/USFWS.Paired with rising sea levels, erratic weather patterns, and an increase in major storms from climate change, the International Union for Conservation of Nature lists the Laysan as near-threatened.

    "Midway is home to 70 percent of the Laysan and, between the Laysan and Black-footed albatrosses, it is also the largest albatross colony in the world," said Toniolo to IFLScience. "These places are remote. If something happens and we were to lose these islands, it would have a devastating impact on the global population."
    In the wild, Laysan albatrosses typically live up to 50 years, but Wisdom is hardier than most. And unlike many birds at the Midway Atoll, both Wisdom and her chick survived the 2011 tsunami.
    "Wisdom is amazing. We get very excited every year when she comes back," said Toniolo. "She is a wonderful ambassador to Laysan albatrosses as a whole, as well as island ecosystems around the world."
    For some more fun, check out the Cornell Lab of Ornithology live feed to see how male Laysan use their groovy dance moves to attract a future mate.
    [H/T: National Geographic]


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    This 68-Year-Old Bird Has Laid Yet Another Egg

    Wisdom the Laysan albatross is believed to be around 68 years old, and she has raised as many as 35 chicks

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    Wisdom and her egg on Midway Atoll in 2018. (Madalyn Riley /USFWS)By Brigit Katz
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    The world’s oldest known wild bird is a Laysan albatross named Wisdom. Since wildlife experts first banded her in 1956, Wisdom has raised as many as 35 chicks. And at the ripe old age of 68, she has laid yet another egg, according to Gizmodo’s Ryan F. Mandelbaum.

    On November 29, Wisdom was spotted at the Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge, a haven for nesting seabirds on the northern end of the Hawaiian archipelago. More than three million birds, 1.2 million of which are albatross, come to the atoll every year to breed. “Every square foot of land, and much of the ground underfoot is occupied by a nesting bird,” Beth Flint, a biologist with the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service, said in a blog post. “It’s like another world.”
    The USFWS has confirmed that Wisdom and her mate, Akeakamai, are looking after a new egg, taking turns between tending to the nest and searching for food. As is typical for the species, the couple has laid just one egg, and if all goes well, they will care for the hatchling for around five and a half months before it sets off on its own.
    Wisdom and Akeakamai have been returning to Midway every year since 2006 to breed, which is somewhat unusual; according to the USFWS, albatross will often take a year off between breeding seasons to rest. Granted, Wisdom seems to be a pretty robust bird. Layson albatross are known to live several decades, with average life spans stretching from 12 to 40 years old, but Wisdom shows no signs of slowing down as she inches closer to 70.
    Wisdom first came onto researchers’ radar in 1956, when a biologist named Chandler Robbins banded her during his first season studying albatross on the Midway Atoll. She was at least six years old at the time, which is why scientists believe Wisdom is now around 68, but there was nothing particularly remarkable about her back then. She was just one of hundreds of thousands of albatross breeding on Midway that year.
    Forty-six years and one remarkable coincidence later, Robbins stumbled upon Wisdom once again amid a mass convergence of albatross on Midway, realizing that he had been the one who banded her many decades earlier. Robbins died last year, but biologists are continuing to keep a close eye on her and the other albatross that regularly flock to the atoll. The birds spend 90 percent of their lives in the air and at sea, making them difficult to track, but bird surveys and banding projects can help researchers gain a better understanding of albatross migratory patterns and life cycles.
    “This information helps scientists make better management decisions that ensure seabirds have the habitat and resources they need in the future,” the USFWS writes in its blog post.
    Managing Laysan albatross habitats has become increasingly important in recent years. The birds are classified as a “near threatened” species, with climate change and sea living rise posing a major threat to their future. Laysan albatross nest on low-lying islands, which “will likely be submerged by rising sea levels as a result of climate change in this century,” according to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Laysan albatross are also vulnerable to predation by dogs, cats, mongoose and even invasive mice, which have been known to attack the birds while they nest.
    “They haven’t really evolved with predators on land. Their only natural predators really are sharks, and those are in the ocean,” Aisha Rickli-Rahman, a biological program crew lead with the USFWS, explained earlier this year. “They have this very, very programmed behavior to stay on these eggs, because they have put all of their energy into this one egg.”
    Because albatross are not prolific breeders, the success of each egg is important to the overall population. And so albatross like Wisdom, who has been raising chicks for decades, are vital to the health of the species. Last year, in fact, biologists observed a chick that Wisdom fledged in 2001 just a few feet away from her nest on Midway.
    “Midway Atoll’s habitat doesn’t just contain millions of birds, it contains countless generations and families of albatrosses,” says Kelly Goodale, a USFWS refuge biologist. “If you can imagine when Wisdom returns home she is likely surrounded by what were once her chicks and potentially their chicks.”


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