Wisdom

Wisdom, the oldest known albatross at around 68 — also the oldest known banded bird in the wild — is still going strong, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, who were delighted to announce that she flew thousands of miles back to the Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge recently, where she was born, and she has laid another egg (bit.ly/wisdomegg).

Wisdom and her mate Akeakamai return to the same nest site each year, and since 2006 they have produced and hatched one egg every year, despite the fact that most albatross often take a year off every now and then. Wisdom is pictured in a photo by Madalyn Riley/USFWS.

FYI, there are over 3 million seabirds on Midway Atoll, plus the world’s largest albatross colony of about 1.2 million. That’s a whole lotta guano.

Elleda Wilson is an editorial assistant for The Daily Astorian and author of the award-winning In One Ear community column. Contact her at 971-704-1718 or ewilson@dailyastorian.com.

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