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Adopt An Albatross

Adopt an albatross and support efforts to counteract the impacts of marine plastic pollution on Laysan Albatross and Black-footed Albatross populations in Midway and Kure Atolls through habitat restoration and research.
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Overview

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.

ADOPT AN ALBATROSS CHICK FROM ONE COLONY: $45

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:

  • A personalized albatross adoption certificate for a specific hatch year.
  • The ability to select a name for your symbolically adopted chick.
  • Periodic email updates from the field during November through July (corresponding with the hatching, rearing, and fledging season).
  • If requested, a sample of plastic debris collected from albatross breeding sites in Midway or Kure Atolls (sent in May) so that you can help educate others about plastic pollution.
  • Free domestic shipping via USPS of your certificate and plastic debris (international orders will receive a digital certificate).
ADOPT AN ALBATROSS CHICK FROM BOTH COLONIES: $75

For a tax-deductible adoption fee of $75 you can adopt an albatross chick from both Midway Atoll and Kure Atoll. You will receive:

  • Two personalized albatross adoption certificates for a specific hatch year.
  • The ability to select names for your symbolically adopted chicks.
  • Periodic email updates from the field during November through July (corresponding with the hatching, rearing, and fledging season).
  • If requested, two samples of plastic debris collected from albatross breeding sites in Midway or Kure Atolls (sent in May) so that you can help educate others about plastic pollution.
  • Free domestic shipping via USPS of your certificate and plastic debris (international orders will receive a digital certificate).

Animals Available for Adoption

Species: Laysan Albatross (Phoebastria immutabilis)
Hatch Year: 2016

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.

Species: Black-footed Albatross (Phoebastria nigripes)
Hatch Year: 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.