Posted: March 15, 2019

Albatross chicks get new home!

Translocation team with kaʻupu
Translocation team with kaʻupu. Credit: Lindsay Young/Pacific Rim Conservation

A group of 25 kaʻupu,--- black-footed albatross chicks---flew 1300 miles from Midway Atoll in Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument to Oʻahu. Their mode of transportation was by airplane, not wings, to their new home in James Campbell National Wildlife Refuge near Kahuku. The tiny travelers are part of an effort to create new albatross colonies in the main Hawaiian Islands that are safe from predators and sea-level rise.

Kaʻupu chick
Kaʻupu chick. Credit: Elena Fischer/USFWS Kupu AmeriCorps Intern

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