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!
This stern little floof is none other than a white tern chick!
Also known as fairy terns, or manu-o-kū in Hawaiian, these small birds breed throughout Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands. They’re one of the 22 species of seabirds that breed and nest in the monument!
Unlike most other seabirds, adult white terns don’t build a nest; instead, they find a suitable spot on a tree branch, rock ledge, or other surface and lay their egg there.
Take off into your week like these baby green sea turtles in Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument!
Located in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, this monument provides safe haven for little sea turtles just starting out their lives. More than 90 percent of all Hawaiian green sea turtles come from nests on East Island, an 11-acre island within Papahānaumokuākea.