The second season of hand-rearing Laysan Albatrosses Phoebastria immutabilis artificially hatched from translocated eggs on the Hawaiian Island of Oahu is going well. Twenty chicks (from eggs collected on the nearby island of Kauai) are now being hand fed in the James Campbell National Wildlife Refuge, where 10 successfully fledged the previous season (click here). The reserve is not open to the public and a planned predator-proof fence will enhance security.
“In year three we will begin bringing Black-footed Albatrosses [P. nigripes] in hopes of establishing the first main Island colony of this species” (click here).
Feeding a translocated chick in the James Campbell National Wildlife Refuge
A translocated chick in the James Campbell National Wildlife Refuge among adult decoy models and wooden cloches
Meanwhile, police investigations continue into finding the culprits who killed breeding Laysan Albatrosses in the Kaena Point Natural Area Reserve on Oahu in December last year with no reported arrests as yet (click here).
John Cooper, ACAP Information Officer, 26 April 2016