In spite of their remote location in the Northwest Hawaiian Islands, Midway and Kure Atolls are awash in plastic debris, and the atoll's primary residents—albatross—are the most impacted. Adult albatrosses feeding in the remote North Pacific ingest plastic trash that has accumulated there (in “gyres”) and then return to their nesting grounds where they unknowingly pass it on to their own developing chicks.
While the actual impacts of plastic debris to albatross populations are still uncertain, we do know that habitat restoration on albatross nesting colonies will help improve their reproductive success and potentially offset the loss of chicks due to plastic. We also know that continued albatross research is needed to better understand the impacts of plastic ingestion on albatross adults and chicks.
Oceanic Society is currently working with three organizations that are restoring albatross habitat and studying albatross populations. Your symbolic adoption of a Laysan or Black-footed Albatross chick from Midway Atoll or Kure Atoll will help to fund these important projects.
We will contact you after you complete your purchase to collect your shipping / gift information and your chick's name.
For a tax-deductible adoption fee of $45 you can choose to adopt an albatross chick from either Midway Atoll or Kure Atoll. You will receive:
For a tax-deductible adoption fee of $75 you can adopt an albatross chick from both Midway Atoll and Kure Atoll. You will receive:
98% of the world’s Laysan Albatross breed in the Northwest Hawaiian Islands, with an estimated 71% of the population breeding on Midway Atoll. In Hatch Year 2015, 666,044 nesting pairs of Laysan Albatross were recorded at Midway Atoll NWR, the highest number ever recorded. That includes the oldest known bird of any species: Wisdom, the 64 year old Laysan Albatross mom who is still raising young. Your symbolic adoption of this chick will last until it fledges by July 2016.
A total of 98.5% the global Black-footed Albatross population breeds in the Northwest Hawaiian Islands, with approximately 36% at Midway Atoll. In Hatch Year 2015, 28,610 Black-footed Albatross pairs nested at Midway Atoll, a new record for the species there. Your symbolic adoption of this chick will last until it fledges by July 2016.