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"My wife went on a four-month trip and left me with binoculars and a bird book. That’s how it all started. When you work with birds, you have to slow down. You have to think about everything—where you put your hands, what cues you give off. They’re so tuned in to body language.”
—Eric Miller, aviculturist
Good morning! Our Laysan albatross, Makana, can’t wait to come out and meet you at 1:30 in front of the Kelp Forest, every day.
We bet you’ve never seen this view before! Aviculturist Monika Rohrer has been taking some amazing up-close-and-personal shots of our Laysan albatross, Makana. You can meet Makana every day at 1:30 in front of the Kelp Forest!
Have you met Makana? Our Laysan albatross makes an appearance every day at 1:30 in front of the Kelp Forest. You’ll not only meet a beautiful bird, you’ll learn about the global threats albatross face from plastics pollution.
What’s the best way to chronicle a visit to the Aquarium? We just love these computer drawings from 10-year-old visitor Anushka Karkera of Fremont, CA!
She’s got sole: How we’ve trained Makana, our Laysan albatross, to help us inspect the bottoms of her feet.
Birds of a Feather
Fantastic news about a Laysan albatross named Wisdom, who lives on Midway Atoll in the Northwest Hawaiian Islands Marine National Monument.
Wisdom is officially the oldest living marine bird, at least 62 years of age and first banded by wildlife officials in 1956. She survived the tsunami in 2010 that devastated Midway. And now (drumroll, please!) she is caring for what is at least the 30th chick she’s hatched and reared in her long, productive life.
There’s a slim possibility that she’s related to our own Laysan albatross, Makana (pictured above). Like Wisdom, Makana comes from Midway Atoll. She came to the Aquarium in 2006 after she injured her wing when she fledged. She’s been an incredible ambassador for her species and is — as far as we know — the only albatross at any aquarium or zoo in the world.
In daily public programs at the Kelp Forest exhibit, we introduce visitors to Makana. There, we share stories about the epic annual migrations Laysan albatross make (50,000 miles!) and about the threats they face in the wild — from plastic pollution and commercial fishing gear.
Globally 18 of the 22 species of albatross are threatened with extinction. Makana and Wisdom — each in their own way — are contributing to the survival and recovery of these remarkable birds.
We wish them long and healthy lives!
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Have you met Makana, our beautiful Laysan albatross? You can! Check out this great video and blog from the Humane Society during a recent visit.
Our Laysan albatross, Makana, gets a unique enrichment: a trip through the Aquarium offices! Everyone seemed to enjoy the visit—including Makana.