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Friday, February 10, 2017

Last Minute Valentine’s Day Gifts: Albatross Adoptions to the Rescue

Lei Heart - © Wayne Sentman

Did you know that Albatross pairs mate for life, and that in order to raise a chick to fledging that both parents must be work together to care for their chick. That Albatross can live over 60-years, and that the oldest known aged seabird is a Laysan Albatross named Wisdom, still having chicks and living on Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge since 1956.

Laysan Albatross "dancer" - Midway Atoll NWR © Wayne Sentman
What better way to say I LOVE YOU and demonstrate your never-ending devotion, than by adopting an albatross chick for your Valentine.  Your adoption will be for one of this years newly hatched chicks. Your Valentine will receive an adoption certificate, and from now until the end of summer, periodic updates from field researchers living on Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge about how this year’s nesting population of Laysan and Black-footed Albatross are doing.

Mated pair of Laysan Albatross tending egg - © W. Holthuijzen
Proceeds from your adoption will go to help support the long-term seabird habitat restoration efforts our partners at Friends of Midway Atoll and Kure Atoll Conservancy are working to accomplish. The rest of the adoption funds will be used to assist Oceanic Society with its efforts to promote the reduction of plastic pollution through our education outreach projects and Blue Habits initiatives.

Laysan Albatross pair Midway Atoll NWR - © W. Holthuijzen
If you want to put that sparkle in your lover’s eyes, and show him or her that you have found your life-mate – then I can think of no better symbol for that than presenting your Valentine with a newly adopted albatross. Adopt one here now!