Posted: December 22, 2017

Wisdom is Back!

<i>Two Brothers</i> illustration.
As Wisdom forages offshore for food, her mate, Akeakamai, shares the responsibility of caring for their egg. This photo captured on December 13, 2018 is the first images of Akeakamai and Wisdom’s egg since their return to Midway Atoll. Credit: Jodie Spross/USFWS Volunteer

The world’s oldest known breeding bird in the wild, a Laysan albatross known as “Wisdom,” has returned to Midway Atoll in Papahānaumokuākea for the winter breeding season. And she’s laid another egg!

Wisdom and her mate return to the same nest site on Midway Atoll each year. First banded in 1956, Wisdom has successfully raised and fledged chicks each year since 2006, and traveled millions of miles in her lifetime.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service staff spotted Wisdom and her mate, Akeakamai, near their nest in late November, and on December 13 staff confirmed that Akeakamai was on the nest incubating an egg.

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