World’s Oldest Wild Bird Returns to Midway!

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Wisdom and her egg on Midway Atoll in 2018. Photo credit  Madalyn Riley

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Wisdom, a Laysan albatross and world’s oldest known wild bird has returned to Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge and Battle of Midway National Memorial! 

She first appeared back at her traditional nest site on November 29 and biologists on Midway have confirmed that she has laid an egg.  Wisdom was first banded as an adult  in 1956, and although she is at least 68 years old, she is still laying eggs and raising chicks.

Wisdom and her mate Akeakamai return to the same nest site on Midway Atoll each year. Albatross often take time off to rest between egg-laying years, but the pair have met on Midway to lay and hatch an egg every year since 2006. 

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Welcome back, Wisdom!