20 Apr '12, 8pm

A fine muse by @carlsafina on an albatross's flight from the edge of extinction @dotearth

Maybe ten rare Short-tailed Albatrosses showing up at several Hawaiian Islands doesn’t count as a new population, but those sightings are still causing a buzz in the conservation and birding worlds. “This is a bird that was once thought extinct and even now inhabits only a very small geographic area in Japan. The fact that it is now showing up in Hawai‘i in double-digit numbers around breeding season is huge news and potentially a major development in the efforts to protect this species from extinction,” said Dr. George Wallace, Vice President for Oceans and Islands at American Bird Conservancy, the nation’s leading bird conservation organization. Wallace said that three birds have been seen on Kure Atoll, five on Midway Island, one on Laysan Island, and one on Tern Island…. The uptick in U.S. sightings conincides with two successful Short-tailed Albatross breeding efforts...

Full article: http://dotearth.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/04/20/an-albatross...

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