On December 10, 1956, ornithologist Chandler Robbins banded about 20 Laysan albatrosses on Midway Atoll. Today, one of those is considered the oldest known wild birds in the world. Presumed to be at least five years old, the minimum breeding age, Wisdom is now over 63 years old. She has incredibly survived yet another year in the wild and has returned to Midway Atoll to raise a new chick. The best guess is that Wisdom has a minimum of 35 chicks. But she’s continuously nested since 2008 without a year off, so it may be many more.

You can follow this unfolding story at the USFWS service Tumbler site.

Read about her exciting brush with death in this award winning children’s book.

Wisdom, the Midway Albatross

These beauties are all the same age!
These beauties are all the same age!

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Don’t worry about building a field of dreams; instead, write a humorous book and they will read.

It’s one reason why we love the PW review for Kell, the Alien: “. . .amusing. . .engaging, accessible.”

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Each year in November and December, I worry about Wisdom, the oldest known wild bird in the world. This is the time when Laysan albatrosses return to Midway Island to breed, nest, and raise a new chick. Scientists have thought that these birds will raise a chick for 4-5 years and then take a year off. But Wisdom has laid eggs continuously since 2008 at least, since that’s when scientists started taking notice of her. No vacation time for Wisdom!

Here’s the official report of her sighting from the Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge. Here’s the official photo gallery of this 63+ year old beauty!

Wisdom, the Midway AlbatrossRead Wisdom’s story!