Quantcast

Latest Albatrosses Stories

2014-05-07 10:50:42

The sight of seabirds following trawlers in order to feast from discarded fish is a common maritime sight, but each year many thousands of seabirds are killed by overhanging cables or in nets. New research in Animal Conservation assesses mortality figures from South Africa to show that a simple bird scaring line can reduce the mortality rate by over 90%. The research compiled data from five years of observations to compare current and historic mortality rates. Previous research shows that...

2013-12-10 23:31:34

Rebecca R. Rubin interviews artist and film-maker, Chris Jordan, about the horrific loss of Laysan Albatrosses. Fredericksburg, VA (PRWEB) December 10, 2013 Albatrosses are "dying by the tens of thousands," says artist and filmmaker, Chris Jordan in a just released interview with Marstel-Day President and CEO Rebecca R. Rubin. As part of Marstel-Day's ongoing series, Vital Voices of the Environment with Rebecca R. Rubin, Jordan explains how the explosive profusion of...

Miracle On The Midway
2013-02-07 05:53:37

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online On December 10, 1956, a five-year-old Laysan albatross was tagged at Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge. Last week, at the age of 62, Wisdom, the world's oldest living wild bird, and her mate hatched a healthy chick at Midway. Wisdom was spotted sitting on her nest on November 29, 2012 by a Fish and Wildlife Service biologist, and her return to the Wildlife Refuge was greeted with wonder. The average Laysan albatross dies at less...

Antarctic Albatross Displays Shift In Breeding Habits
2012-04-30 08:34:58

A new study of the wandering albatross — one of the largest birds on Earth — has shown that some of the birds are breeding earlier in the season compared with 30 years ago. Reporting online this month (April) in the journal Oikos, a British team of scientists describe how they studied the breeding habits of the wandering albatross on the sub-Antarctic island of South Georgia. They have discovered that because some birds are now laying their eggs earlier, the laying date for the...

Wandering Albatross Alters Its Foraging Due To Climate Change
2012-01-14 03:55:04

Adapting to changing environmental conditions in the Southern Ocean Wandering albatrosses have altered their foraging due to changes in wind fields in the southern hemisphere during the last decades. Since winds have increased in intensity and moved to the south, the flight speed of albatrosses increased and they spend less time foraging. As a consequence, breeding success has improved and birds have gained 1 kilogram. These are the results of the study of an international research team...

2011-09-13 13:30:00

A fun and educational ebook, illustrated by award winning artist Bill Bolton and supported by the Royal Society for Protection of Birds. Beautifully illustrated, this unique story has been customized for the iPad and iPhone and combines charming and dramatic imagery with educational content in a simple, fun and interactive way. Nottingham, UK (PRWEB) September 13, 2011 Kids-Ebooks has just launched â˜I Canât Fly.â This original ebook is...

f687b4d0980600450faf37c206b6ff3a1
2011-03-09 12:20:00

A Laysan albatross at least six decades into her life has stumped federal biologists by raising another chick. U.S. Geological Survey and Fish and Wildlife Service scientists said the chick turned up in a February survey at the Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge in the Pacific Islands. The bird, also known as Wisdom, "has sported and worn out 5 bird bands since she was first banded by USGS scientist Chandler Robbins in 1956 as she incubated an egg," says a statement. "Just the idea of a...

2009-10-28 14:37:34

Press release from PLoS ONE The North Pacific Ocean is now commonly referred to as the world's largest garbage dump with an area the size of the continental United States covered in plastic debris. The highly mobile Laysan albatross (Phoebastria immutabilis), which forages throughout the North Pacific, is quickly becoming the poster child for the effects of plastic ingestion on marine animals due to their tendency to ingest large amounts of plastic. Reporting in the open-access journal PLoS...

3ceb2c4bab9708fd47c39ff6ce89fbe1
2009-10-07 11:52:29

Scientists from British Antarctic Survey, National Institute of Polar Research, Tokyo, and Hokkaido University, Japan, have recorded the first observations of how albatrosses feed alongside marine mammals at sea. A miniature digital camera was attached to the backs of four black-browed albatrosses (Thalassarche melanophrys) breeding at colonies on Bird Island, South Georgia in the Southern Ocean. Results are published online this week in the open-access journal PLoS ONE from the Public...

35c422bd187009e470f259b1c966d4d71
2009-02-23 13:49:44

Thanks to a scheme that reduces the number of seabirds that are accidentally killed by the fishing industry, the outlook for the endangered albatross is looking better. Three-quarters of albatross species are at risk of extinction, mostly due to the long lines that are deployed to catch fish like tuna. Initiatives by South Africa show how the lines can be made safer. In 2006, the Albatross Task Force (ATF) project launched, and last year it cut the number of birds killed in South African...


Latest Albatrosses Reference Libraries

Atlantic Yellow-nosed Albatross, Thalassarche chlororhynchos
2012-12-27 15:26:00

The Atlantic Yellow-nosed Albatross is a member of the albatross family. It is a large sea bird sometimes called a “mollymawk”. It was once thought to be conspecific with the Indian Yellow-nosed Albatross and known as the Yellow-nosed Albatross. Some of the authorities still believe that species are the same, such as Jeff Clements and the SACC, which sees that a proposal is needed. A mollymawk is a type of albatross that belong to the Diomedeidae family and come from the...

Shy Albatross, Thalassarche cauta
2012-04-02 15:43:49

The Shy Albatross, (Thalassarche cauta), also known as the Shy Mollymawk, is a species of albatross found off the coast of Australia and New Zealand’s sub-Antarctic islands. Its range extends across much of the Southern Ocean. It is also known as the White-capped Albatross in some areas. This species at one time was considered to be the same species as Salvin’s Albatross and the Chatham Albatross, but was given its own species moniker in 2004. The Shy Albatross belongs to the...

Amsterdam Albatross, Diomedea amsterdamensis
2012-01-11 16:31:30

Amsterdam Albatross or Amsterdam Island Albatross, (Diomedea amsterdamensis), is a species of albatross belonging to the Diomedeidae family. It was first described in 1983 and was originally believed to be a subspecies of the Wandering Albatross. BirdLife International now recognizes it as a separate species, but it is still considered a subspecies to some. The Amsterdam Albatross breeds only on Amsterdam Island, French Southern Territories in the southern Indian Ocean, at an elevation...

38_7526a55be1021e94d08e47e0495f0f54
2006-08-09 15:01:25

The Light-mantled Sooty Albatross, Phoebetria palpebrata, is a small member of the albatross family. They are also known as the Sooty Albatross or sooties. It nests in South Georgia in the Atlantic, many of the same islands in the Indian Ocean, and New Zealand's sub-Antarctic islands. At sea it forages further south than the Dark-mantled to Antarctica, and around the Southern Ocean as far north as Chile, Tasmania and South Africa. At sea they often eat more fish as opposed to squid...

38_d816001bba6adb4e3268801efe4ca6ad
2006-08-09 14:59:05

The Dark-mantled Sooty Albatross, Phoebetria fusca, is a small member of the albatross family. They are also known as the Sooty Albatross or sooties. Dark-mantled Sooty Albatrosses nest on islands in the South Atlantic (Tristan da Cunha and Gough Island) and islands in the South Indian Ocean (the Crozet Islands to Kerguelen Island). At sea they forage from South America to Australia, with a few records of birds reaching New Zealand. Dark-mantled Sooties have distinctive black plumage...

More Articles (13 articles) »
Word of the Day
cenobite
  • One of a religious order living in a convent or in community; a monk: opposed to anchoret or hermit (one who lives in solitude).
  • A social bee.
This word comes from the Latin 'coenobium,' convent, which comes from the Greek 'koinobios,' living in community.
Related