The world’s old­est known seabird is ex­pect­ing again

Kuwait Times - - HEALTH & SCIENCE -

The world’s old­est known seabird is ex­pect­ing again. Bi­ol­o­gists spot­ted the Laysan al­ba­tross called Wis­dom at Mid­way Atoll Na­tional Wildlife Refuge ear­lier this month af­ter she re­turned to the is­land to nest. She was in­cu­bat­ing an egg at the same nest she uses each year with her mate. She’s be­lieved to be 66 years old. She’s also the world’s old­est known breed­ing bird in the wild.

The US Fish and Wildlife Service’s project leader for the refuge, Bob Pey­ton, said in a state­ment Fri­day that Wis­dom has been re­turn­ing to Mid­way for over six decades. An or­nithol­o­gist first put an iden­ti­fi­ca­tion band on her in 1956. She’s had a few dozen chicks. Mid­way is about 1,200 miles north­west of Honolulu. It’s part of the Pa­pa­hanaumokuakea (pah-pah-HAH’-now-moh-cuh-ah-cay-ah) Marine Na­tional Mon­u­ment.—AP

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HONOLULU: This photo pro­vided by the US Fish and Wildlife Service shows the world’s old­est known seabird, tend­ing to an egg she laid, with her mate, at Mid­way Atoll, a wildlife refuge about 1,200 miles north­west of Honolulu.

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