A few days after her return to MIdway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge in late November 2021, Wisdom was found calmly laying on her typical nesting spot showing off her tag. Photo credit: Dragana Connaughton / Schoolyard Films

World’s Oldest Known Wild Bird Turns 70 and Returns to Midway Atoll

Wisdom walks around her nest site back and forth in between hours of resting. Photo credit: Dragana Connaughton / Schoolyard Films
Wisdom stretching her wings at her nest site. Most Laysan albatrosses return to Midway Atoll’s during November when mating begins. Photo credit: Dragana Connaughton / Schoolyard Films
Wisdom preening at her nest site. The last sighting of Wisdom since her return was December 5. Photo credit: Dragana Connaughton / Schoolyard Films
Female Laysan albatrosses aren’t known to breed before age 5, indicating that Wisdom would have hatched as late as 1951, which would make her at least 70 years old at this point of her life-journey. Photo credit: Dragana Connaughton / Schoolyard Films
Wisdom beak rattles while standing at at her nest site. Photo credit: Dragana Connaughton / Schoolyard Films

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