Today’s factismal: At 62 years old, the world’s oldest living banded bird is an albatross named Wisdom.
To any biologist, bird banding is one of the most useful and most basic tools. By simply slipping a little band of plastic onto a bird’s leg and asking citizen scientists to report where and when they see it, biologists can learn where species live, how far and how fast they migrate, what they eat, and how long they live. That last is particularly important when we are talking about the Laysan albatross Wisdom (as opposed to the wisdom of albatrosses).
This beautiful bird has been tracked since 1953, using her band Z333 and that of her mate G000. Every year, she migrates from the
I wouldn’t be able to post these pictures without the aid of citizen scientists and the professional scientists at the US Fish and Wildlife Service who track the health of our ecosystem and help us make sure that our great-grandchildren will be able to see the same beauty we do. To see more of their wonderful images, flow over to their Flickr streams (there’s one for each region): http://digitalmedia.fws.gov/cdm/Flickr