Wisdom, the Midway Albatross has been banded since December 10, 1956. Assuming she was 5 years old at the time of banding (minimum age for nesting), she is 63 years old. And she just laid a new egg on November 29, 2013, which is expected to hatch in late January 2014. At the tender age of 63–she’ll be a new mother!
Pete Leary, the wildlife biologist on Midway documented the excitement with photos and a video. Watch the video on the US Fish and Wildlife Service Flickr account.
Notice the red band on Wisdom’s leg, ZZZ333. She has a regular metal band AND this red band, so she’s easy to spot at a distance. Her first band was attached by scientist Chandler S. Robbins. He says, “On December 10, 1956, early in my first visit to Midway, I banded 99 incubating Laysan Albatrosses in teh ‘downtown’ area os Sand Island, Midway. Wisdom (band number 587-51945) is still alive, healthy, and incubating again in December 2011 (Note: And in 2012 and in 2013). While I have grown old and gray and get around only with the use of a cane. Wisdom still looks and acts just the same as on the day I banded her.”
How did this bird survive so long in the wild?
How big is she?
What dangers has she faced in the last 60 years?
This Mims House picture book tells her remarkable and heart-warming story, from her early days to surviving the 2011 Japanese tsunami.
Get Wisdom’s Incredible story here:
- Kindle version. Special “Hatching” Price. From now till the new chick hatches only $1.99.
- Paperback at Amazon
- Hardcover at Amazon
- Paperback at BN.com
- Wisdom as a Mentor Text Lesson Plan(pdf) by Marcie Atkinson
- Draw a Bird Day (April 8) Creative Coloring Pages
- Find many other lesson plans and educational materials at http://albatross.darcypattison.com