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62 yr old Albatross has a chick in the wild

by James Denison / February 25, 2013 1:51 PM PST
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 [2003].")
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
years,"
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Could be a sign, James.
by Steven Haninger / February 25, 2013 9:56 PM PST

Something ala John the Baptist? Devil

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(NT) the dove?
by James Denison / February 25, 2013 10:28 PM PST
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(NT) I meant past normal child bearing age.
by Steven Haninger / February 25, 2013 10:47 PM PST
In reply to: the dove?
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BTW...not serious, of course
by Steven Haninger / February 25, 2013 10:50 PM PST

With some religions people understand and you can get away with that.

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Thanks, James, just my kind of news story.
by Ziks511 / February 27, 2013 12:05 AM PST

62 and not one gray hair. In fact I doubt if her age could be distinguished from much younger birds. The whole thing is quite amazing, particularly when you consider that she was born with all the cells which would become her eggs during her lifetime, so they're at least 62 years old as well.

I do hope someone can get a tiny radio transmitter on an albatross and figure out just how far they do fly in a life-time. 3 million miles is astounding.

Rob

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some interesting links to midway atoll
by James Denison / February 27, 2013 1:20 AM PST
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