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Oldest banded albatross, 64, returns to mate again

BIRDS -- Wisdom -- a 64-year-old Laysan albatross -- returned to Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge on Nov. 19 after a year at sea. A few days later, she was observed with her mate on the low coral island that's merely a speck on the map in the Pacific Ocean north of Hawaii.

Did you catch that she's 64? You go girl!

Mating was documented (see photos above) and Wisdom departed soon afterward. Refuge workers expect her back any day to lay her egg.

Wisdom showed up among the world’s largest nesting albatross colony almost exactly a year from when she returned last year.

Read more about Wisdom here.

Located on the far northern end of the Hawaiian archipelago, Midway Atoll is located within the nation's largest conservation area, the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument. It is one the oldest atoll formations in the world that provides nesting habitat for millions of seabirds and it a touchstone for one of the most significant naval battles in our human history.

Rich Landers
Rich Landers joined The Spokesman-Review in 1977. He is the Outdoors editor for the Sports Department writing and photographing stories about hiking, hunting, fishing, boating, conservation, nature and wildlife and related topics.

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