AL­BA­TROSS, 66, EX­PECT­ING AGAIN

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honolulu » 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 U.S. 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 has had a few dozen chicks.

Mid­way is about 1,200 miles north­west of Honolulu. It’s part of the Pa­pa­hanaumokuakea Marine Na­tional Mon­u­ment.

Dan Clark, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Ser­vice

The world’s old­est known seabird tends to an egg she laid at Mid­way Atoll, a wildlife refuge.

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