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The world’s oldest known wild banded bird at 66+ years old returned to Midway December 3,2016….” https://www.fws.gov/refuge/Midway_Atoll/

Wisdom, the world’s oldest known breeding bird in the wild, successfully hatched another chick at Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge and Battle of Midway National Memorial within Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument. The chick hatched approximately two months after Wisdom, at least 66 years old, was first spotted incubating an egg at the same nesting site her and her mate, Akeakamai, use each year.” https://www.fws.gov/refuge/Midway_Atoll/news/Wisdoms_chick_2017.html See news release at bottom of blog post.

Comment on this and other threatened US Marine Monuments here, deadline extended to Aug. 15th, 11.59 PM (1 min to midnight EDT) : https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=NOAA-NOS-2017-0066-0001
Related: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2017/07/23/wwii-midway-battle-site-national-ocean-monument-endangered-species-threatened-by-trump-comment-deadline-26-july-11-59-pm-et-1-min-to-midnight/

Important bird species abound in the Monument and the adjacent area. Birds from the world’s largest colonies of Laysan albatross, Black-footed albatross, and Bonin petrels, as well as significant populations of shearwaters, petrels, tropicbirds, the endangered Short-tailed albatross, and other seabird species forage in the adjacent area. We now know that albatrosses and Great Frigatebirds rely on the adjacent area during chick-brooding periods, when their foraging is focused within 200 miles of the nesting colonies on the Monument’s islands and atolls. At other times, these wide-ranging species use a much broader range (over 1,600 miles) for foraging.” Excerpt from PAPAHĀNAUMOKUĀKEA MARINE NATIONAL MONUMENT EXPANSION Proclamation: https://obamawhitehouse.archives.gov/the-press-office/2016/08/26/presidential-proclamation-papahanaumokuakea-marine-national-monument

The Rime of the Ancient Mariner
Samuel Taylor COLERIDGE (1772 – 1834)
For killing an albatross, the mariner and his crew are punished with drought and death. Amidst a series of supernatural events, the mariner’s life alone is spared and he repents, but he must wander the earth and tell his tale with the lesson that “all things great and small” are important. (Summary written by Gesine)

Why does Trump want to kill many albatross? They make it clear that it’s Trump’s greedy buddies, donors, and/or greedy Trump investments: The opportunity costs associated with potential energy and mineral exploration and production from the Outer Continental Shelf, in addition to any impacts on production in the adjacent region.” https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=NOAA-NOS-2017-0066-0001

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