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A little Wednesday Wisdom: Wisdom, the oldest known bird in the wild, is a mother again! 

Approximately 66 years old, Wisdom returns each year to Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge in Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument. Her chick hatched approximately two months after she was first spotted incubating an egg at the same nesting site she and her mate, Akeakamai, use each year. Congratulations, Wisdom! 

(Photo: Naomi Blinick/USFWS)

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Another year older and another chick in store for Wisdom, the oldest known wild bird in the world! 

Now roughly 66 years old (and counting), this incredible Laysan albatross was sighted earlier this month incubating an egg at Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge in Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument. Her mate, Akeakamai, is likely off foraging within the 200-mile boundary of the newly-expanded monument. Stay tuned this winter for more Wisdom updates! 

(Photo: Kristina McOmber/Kupu Conservation Leadership Program & USFWS)