oldest bird in the world

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)