Support Oceanic Society's global ocean conservation programs by adopting an albatross today.

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.

Black-footed Albatross Chick

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 e-certificate for a specific hatch year, sent by email.
  • The ability to select a name for your symbolically adopted chick.
  • 2 to 3 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 on Midway or Kure Atolls (sent in May) so that you can help educate others about plastic pollution.
  • Free domestic shipping via USPS of plastic debris if requested (international orders may be charged shipping costs).
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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 e-certificates for a specific hatch year, sent by email.
  • The ability to select names for your symbolically adopted chicks.
  • 2 to 3 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 on Midway or Kure Atolls (sent in May) so that you can help educate others about plastic pollution.
  • Free domestic shipping via USPS of your plastic debris, if requested (international orders may be charged shipping costs).

Animals Available for Adoption

Albatross Chick

Species Name: Laysan Albatross
Scientific Name: Phoebastria immutabilis
Hatch Year: 2021

98% of the world’s Laysan Albatross breed in the Northwest Hawaiian Islands, and Midway Island is home to the largest albatross breeding colony in the world. In Hatch Year 2019, there were 593,664 breeding pairs of Laysan Albatross at Midway Atoll NWR. That includes the oldest known bird of any species: Wisdom, the 69 year old Laysan Albatross mom who is still raising young. Your symbolic adoption of this chick will last until it fledges by August 2021.

Albatross

Species Name: Black-footed Albatross
Scientific Name: Phoebastria nigripes
Hatch Year: 2021

A total of 98.5% the global Black-footed Albatross population breeds in the Northwest Hawaiian Islands, with the largest breeding colony at Midway Atoll. In Hatch Year 2019, there were more than 26,000 active nests. Your symbolic adoption of this chick will last until it fledges by August 2021.