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Mexico’s Guadalupe Island gets a World Albatross Day banner

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Emmanuel Mendoza Pérez and Ariana Duarte Canizales display GECI’s World Albatross Day banner on Guadalupe, behind a Laysan Albatross chick close to fledging

A late, but welcome, entry in the World Albatross Day Banner Challenge arrived this week from Mexico’s Guadalupe Island, as reported to ACAP Latest News by Julio César Hernández Montoya, Director de Proyecto Isla Guadalupe of the Mexican environmental NGO, Grupo de Ecología y Conservación de Islas (GECI).

Guadalupe supports a growing population of Laysan Albatrosses Phoebastria immutabilis.

With Mexico displaying a ‘WAD2020’ banner, nearly all the countries that have breeding populations of albatrosses have helped raise awareness of the conservation crisis facing albatrosses in this way (see full list).  Mexico, which has four islands supporting breeding albatrosses, is not a Party to the Agreement, but representatives have attended ACAP meetings from time to time.

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Spot the albatross!

The banner was made by Gabriela Fernández Ham of GECI; with thanks to Julio Montoya.

John Cooper, ACAP Information Officer, 18 June 2020

Day Four of ‘World Albatross Week 2020’. A new World Albatross Day cartoon from Marc Parchow of Qual Albatroz

WAD2020 English 

Marc Parchow Figueiredo is a cartoonist residing in Portugal who produces an occasional comic strip under the name of Qual Albatroz.  He is also a good friend of the Agreement, having produced several specially commissioned albatross cartoons pro bono to bring some light humour to ACAP Latest News over the last decade (click here).

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Marc Parchow of Qual Albatroz - with a gift from ACAP Latest News

In his new cartoon for tomorrow’s inaugural World Albatross Day, he touches on the serious situation we all find ourselves having to face: the COVID-19 pandemic that is ravaging most parts of the world, with the 13 Parties to the Agreement not left untouched.  The pandemic has been affecting activities towards the conservation of albatrosses in many countries.  In New Zealand researchers have been evacuated from islands, in several South American countries observers have been unable to get out to sea, and a four-decade-long monitoring study of individually marked Wandering Albatrosses has come to a shuddering halt on one sub-Antarctic island with no field workers left on site to band this year’s chicks and mark next season’s nests.  ACAP Latest News will be featuring these and other examples in a future post.

Meanwhile, enjoy Marc’s cartoon as we look forward to celebrating all things albatross tomorrow on the very first World Albatross Day!

 WAD2020 Portuguese

And in Portuguese!

With grateful thanks to Marc Parchow of Qual Albatroz.

John Cooper, ACAP Information Officer, 18 June 2020

Nature United in Canada marks the inaugural World Albatross Day this week

Nature United

Nature United is the Canadian affiliate of The Nature Conservancy, a global conservation organization working in 74 countries.  The NGO works to “unite partners in governments, industries, non-profits and communities to define new pathways towards a sustainable future.  We invest in people to drive change at the scale and pace we need to address the greatest challenges we face.  The Nature Conservancy is dedicated to conserving the oceans, lands and waters on which all life depends.  Guided by science, we create innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world's toughest challenges so that nature and people can thrive together.  We are tackling climate change, conserving lands, waters and oceans at an unprecedented scale and providing food and water sustainably."

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Joanna Smith

Joanna Smith, Nature United’s Director, Ocean Planning and Mapping on the Protect Oceans, Lands and Waters team writes to ACAP Latest News: “I still remember the first day I saw a Black-footed Albatross off the west coast of Vancouver Island, Canada.  This huge bird emerged from dense fog on a calm day, wings nearly touching the ocean’s surface.  World Albatross Day is a very important way to raise awareness for these long-lived species across the world’s oceans.”

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A colour-banded Black-footed Albatross Phoebastria nigripes at sea, photograph by Vicki Miller

With thanks to Joanna Smith, Director, Ocean Planning and Mapping, Nature United, Canada

John Cooper, ACAP Information Officer, 17 June 2020

Day Three of 'World Albatross Week 2020'. Owen Davey’s poster available for purchase, with donations for albatross conservation

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The World Albatross Day poster for 2020 was especially created by well-known illustrator Owen Davey at ACAP's request.  The low-resolution version on this website has been drawing admiring comments since it was first featured in ACAP Latest News back in December last year.

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For those who have been waiting patiently to obtain a high-quality version of the poster suitable for framing, you now need wait no more, and you can be satisfied that a goodly chunk of the purchase price will be passed on for albatross conservation as Owen has written in his Instagram post:

“World Albatross Day is fast approaching so I created this poster for the ‘Agreement in the Conservation of Albatrosses and Petrels’ (ACAP) to celebrate these majestic birds and raise awareness about their plight.  Sadly, thousands of albatrosses have suffered as a direct result of humans and the 31 listed species are amidst a conservation crisis.  50% of profits go directly to the Albatross Task Force to help fund their brilliant conservation work.”

The poster is available as Giclée prints and A3 posters (click here).

With thanks to Owen Davey, Kim Meech and Michelle Risi.

John Cooper, ACAP Information Officer, 17 June 2020

The Oceanic Society supports albatross conservation – and World Albatross Day

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Wayne Sentman, Director of Conservation Travel Programs, Oceanic Society, has written to ACAP Latest News describing how his society contributes to the conservation of albatrosses:

“Founded in 1969 when an “open moment” of ecological awakening stirred in America, the Oceanic Society became the first non-profit organization dedicated to conserving the world’s oceans.  A pioneer in ocean-based ecotourism, the Oceanic Society has always recognized the importance of putting people into nature to educate, inspire and equip them to live more sustainably.  In 1997 we began our first expeditions to the Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge.  From 1997-2002 the society assisted the US Fish & Wildlife Service with its seabird monitoring efforts, bringing out hundreds of volunteers to assist with monitoring albatross breeding plots, seabird habitat restoration efforts, and other seabird-focused research.  In 2002 the visitor programme on Midway closed, and it was not until 2008-2012 that it reopened.  During that period we resumed bringing out nature-oriented travellers to the atoll.  The visitor programme again closed in 2012 and has still not reopened.

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Translocated Black-footed Albatross chicks, photograph from Pacific Rim Conservation

Starting in Hatch Year 2016 Oceanic Society initiated an Adopt an Albatross Program to stay connected to the albatross conservation actions happening on Midway and to support awareness around plastic pollution education.  Over the ensuing five years our adoption programme has donated over US$ 3500 to the Kure Atoll Conservancy and Friends of Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge and funds have supported presentations at the Sixth International Marine Debris Conference.  In 2020 the adoption programme also awarded its first small grant of US$ 800 to the NGO Pacific Rim Conservation to assist with monitoring Black-footed Albatross Phoebastria nigripes chicks translocated in response to projected sea level rise in the James Campbell National Wildlife Refuge on the Hawaiian island of Oahu.”

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Oceanic Society President and CEO, Rod Mast

Roderic Mast, Oceanic Society's President and CEO writes: “Oceanic is very excited to participate and support ACAP's inauguration of a World Albatross Day.  We look forward to the upcoming events and helping to raise awareness of these amazing seafaring birds worldwide.”

With thanks to Wayne Sentman, Director of Conservation Travel Programs, Oceanic Society.

John Cooper, ACAP Information Officer, 16 June 2020