Event: Midway Albatross

Date: Thursday October 10, 2019

Time: 7:00 PM

Join us from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. with JD Bergeron, at the Fairfield Cordelia Library. (NSAS Event)


Midway Atoll is the site of the world’s largest albatross nesting colony as well as numerous other globally important species such as the endangered Hawaiian monk seal and Laysan Duck. Found few places on Earth, the work conducted by the nesting albatross census team, or “bird counters”, on Midway Atoll provides vital information to researchers, managers, conservation groups, and the global community interested in preserving and protecting seabirds and their nesting habitats. Since 1991, the annual census of Mōlī (aka Laysan Albatrosses [Phoebastria immutabilis]) and Ka'upu (aka Black-footed Albatrosses [Phoebastria nigripes]) on Midway Atoll has provided precise information regarding the numbers of nesting albatross pairs on the three islands there. Midway Atoll is also the home of Wisdom, the oldest known wild bird tracked in the Bird Banding Lab's database.

About the Speaker: JD Bergeron is Executive Director of International Bird Rescue located in Fairfield, CA. JD was one of just 18 volunteers who participated in the 2019 annual nesting albatross census on Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge. The census occurs once each year between mid-December and the first week in January. The Refuge is located within the Papāhanaumokuākea Marine National Monument, approximately 1,350 miles northwest of Honolulu. JD brings home all the latest information, amazing visuals, and some words of wisdom learned from a month among these majestic seabirds to share with our community.

submitted on August 19, 2019, at 03:05 PM PST

Phainopepla © 2014 Dave McMullen Common Yellowthroat © 2013 Dave McMullen Song Sparrow © 2013 Dave McMullen Dark-eyed Junco (at sunrise) © 2013 Dave McMullen Green Heron © 2012 Dave McMullen

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