Wisdom returns


Wisdom, the oldest known albatross at around 67 years old, is still going strong, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, who were delighted to announce that she flew thousands of miles to the Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge recently. Notably, she is also the oldest known breeding bird in the wild.

“Her arrival is overshadowed only by the news that she has also laid an egg,” the USFWS noted in a press release (tinyurl.com/wisdomback). She is pictured with her egg from December 2016, courtesy of the Wildlife Service.

Wisdom and her mate, Akeakamai, return to the same nest every year. The press release says that since 2006, “Wisdom has successfully raised and fledged at least nine chicks and traveled millions of miles in her lifetime.”

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

Elleda Wilson is an editorial assistant for The 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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