The results of the albatross reproductive success studies are in at the Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge in Hawai’i!
Between 2002 -2013 (except for 2010, for which data was not available) reproductive success in Midway Atoll plots averaged 64.9% for Laysan albatross, and 65.0% for black-footed albatross. The numbers for the winter of 2013-2014 were higher than average for Laysan (70.8%) and lower than average for black-footed (57.9%).
Located on the far northern end of the Hawaiian archipelago, Midway Atoll is within the country’s largest conservation area, the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument. It is one the oldest atoll formations in the world and thanks to Service recovery efforts today, Midway Atoll provides nesting habitat for millions of seabirds: http://1.usa.gov/1p1UbuG.
Photograph: Laysan albatross and chick, courtesy of the Friends of Midway Atoll NWR
(via: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)