Wisdom, the Laysan albatross and world’s oldest known breeding bird, hatched another chick!

The world just got a little more wisdom.

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Wisdom and her newest chick at Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge and Battle of Midway National Memorial. Photo credit: Naomi Blinick/USFWS Volunteer
Watch her and her baby, USFWS.
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Wisdom loves a good close up. Photo credit: USFWS

1. After six decades of flying, Wisdom just hatched another chick!

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Wisdom cares for her chick at Midway Atoll Refuge and Memorial. Photo credit: USFWS

2. She’s logged A LOT of frequent flyer miles.

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Wisdom and her mate Akeakamai on their nest. Male and female Laysan albatross couples make approximately 48-hour shift changes while incubating and sheltering their egg. After the egg hatches, they both continue sharing the responsibility of feeding and rearing their chick. Photo credit: Kiah Walker/USFWS Volunteer

3. She has serious #RelationshipGoals.

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Juveniles can be found year round at Midway Atoll, practicing their moves until they are ready to find their mate. Photo credit: Megan Nagel/USFWS

4. She is part of one the world’s biggest science projects.

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FWS Refuge biologist Meg DuhrSchultz and volunteer Aisha Rickli-Rahman banded one of Wisdom’s chicks with a permanent adult band. Photo credit: Ann Bell/USFWS

5. She still has time to look flawless on a nest.

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Being a mom is hard work. And no mom works harder than the 66 year-old Laysan albatross named Wisdom. Photo credit: Naomi Blinick/USFWS Volunteer

The Struggle is Real…

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Marine debris can cause enormous problems for wildlife. At Midway Atoll you can find plastics, trash, and discarded fishing gear in nests, along the beach, and often in the bellies of baby albatross. These debris items can significantly harm wildlife. At Midway Atoll, USFWS volunteers, partners and staff collect marine debris from the beaches and atoll which must then be shipped off island. Photo credit: Dan Clark/USFWS
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