62 yr old Albatross has a chick in the wild
by James Denison - 2/25/13 9:51 PM
This is a great story! This bird was at Midway Atoll about a decade after the atomic bomb test.
"Wisdom, the oldest known wild bird, has yet another feather in her cap—a new chick.
The Laysan albatross (Phoebastria immutabilis)—62 years old at least—recently hatched a healthy baby in the U.S. Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge, her sixth in a row and possibly the 35th of her lifetime, according to the U.S. Geological Survey's (USGS) North American Bird Banding Program. (Related: "51-Year-Old Albatross Breaks N. American Age Record .")
But Wisdom's longevity would be unknown if it weren't for a longtime
bird-banding project founded by USGS research wildlife biologist Chandler Robbins.
Now 94, Robbins was the first scientist to band Wisdom in 1956, who
at the time was "just another nesting bird," he said. Over the next ten