Agreement on the Conservation of Albatrosses and Petrels

Laysan Albatrosses set for a good season in the Kīlauea Point National Wildlife Refuge on Kauai

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Safe from sea-level rise: a Laysan Albatross and its downy chick in the Kīlauea Point National Wildlife Refuge; photograph by Jacqueline Olivera

The Kīlauea Point National Wildlife Refuge on the Hawaiian island of Kauai supports a breeding colony of Laysan Albatrosses or Mōlī Phoebastria immutabilis (Near Threatened) that is safe from sea-level rise and is protected from pigs and dogs by a fence.

The 2020/21 breeding season looks like to be heading to being a good one with 129 eggs laid (not 126 as previously reported) compared to 121 in the 2018/19 season and 116 in 2019/20.  A total of 87 eggs hatched, giving a hatching success of 67.4% according to the Kilauea Point Natural History Association.

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A banded Laysan Albatross stands over its egg in the Kīlauea Point National Wildlife Refuge; photograph by Jacqueline Olivera

John Cooper, ACAP Information Officer, 26 March 2021