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Albatross Breeding Season 2016

By: Steve Frailey Thursday December 1, 2016 comments Tags: albatross chicks, albatross hatching, albatross, save the albatross

Jan 2016

Here is a recent photo of an Albatross nesting and waiting for the eggs to hatch.

We should see chicks in about one month! Watch for Lola’s new photos of the chicks and the chance to vote for the chick you’d like to follow growing up.

Later, we’ll ask for your help in our annual Name That Chick Contest! Start thinking of creative names now!

Feb 2016

The chicks are hatching! And they are so cute. Lola visits the rookery almost every day now.
 
So that means the Name that Chick contest is beginning. First, we will have everyone vote for their favorite chick from 4 photos. The photo receiving the most votes will be the “Chick of the Year.” Look for those pictures coming up in a few weeks once all the chicks are hatched.
 
Then we’ll ask you to submit your best name ideas for the selected chick. The person who submits the winning name will receive a free packet of Noni Fruit Leather and a 4 oz. bottle each of Noni Lavender Lotion and IcyHeat Noni Lotion as our gift.
 
In the meantime, enjoy the first picture of the newly-hatched chick!

News Flash! Vote for your favorite chick today!

All the chicks have hatched! Time to pick your favorite to follow this year!

Step One: Take a good look at these four adorable contestants.

Step Two: Look away, blinded by cuteness.

Step Three: Choose which of the chicks you’d like to follow as they grow up this year.

Step Four: Check out our Facebook page to vote!

We will be posting the winner shortly. Enjoy the new photos!

March 2016

Chick D won the voting contest! Let the naming begin!

Have you been following this season’s batch of albatross chicks? The chicks have hatched, and the parents of each chick are currently taking turns gliding back and forth to Alaska, where they catch squid to feed to the chicks. The trip is three days each way! Luckily, albatross are so efficient that they can flap just a few times on the journey, gliding on ocean updrafts the rest of the way.

We had four adorable contestants for the Name That Chick Contest, and we’re pleased to announce that we have a winner! Congratulations to Chick D!

We’ll be following this little guy (or girl — impossible to tell without a DNA test!) throughout the breeding season, until the chicks fledge this summer! Now it’s time to submit your best name ideas for the winning chick. Please visit our site to submit your name suggestions!

The person who submits the winning name will receive a free packet of Noni Fruit Leather and a 4 oz. bottle each of Noni Lavender Lotion and IcyHeat Noni Lotion as our gift. 

Good Luck Everyone!

April 2016

Wow – thanks to everyone for all your wonderful Name That Chick suggestions this year! We had over 316 names submitted, which made it very difficult to pick a winner. Everyone in our family gets the complete list of names to go over on their own, and we each pick our Top 10. Then we get together to compare lists and try to come to an agreement on the winner. You sure didn’t make it easy to choose!
 
With that, meet Kai, this years Albatross chick! Kai is Hawaiian for ocean which seems very appropriate since he will spend so much time over the ocean!!! All the chicks in the nesting area are growing fast, thanks to their moms and dads flying back and forth from Alaska to bring squid for their chick. Meanwhile, all the juvenile (4-7 year old) albatross are soaring around all day, relaxing and walking through the nesting area to watch what is going on. They will begin mating when more mature – usually after the age of 7, and after they pick a mate for life!

May 2016

As you’re no doubt aware if you follow us on social media, our family noni farm on Kauai is host to a growing albatross colony. Each year, these birds return to our land for the mating season. They’re a very special part of the culture on the farm, reminding us of the importance of family and bringing us lots of joy!

Unfortunately, albatross are birds at risk of extinction, especially if their habitat continues to be destroyed by global climate change! Laysan albatross, the specific species that nests on our farm, have recovered in recent years, changing their endangered status from “vulnerable” to “near-threatened.”

We’ve done all we can to help protect the colony, including building a fence to keep out invasive predators.

Kai is doing very well and growing daily. Enjoy the new photo!

June 2016

Enjoy the new photos of Kai! The chicks will be getting ready to fly to Alaska soon.

We’ve had our lives dramatically enriched by the presence of the albatross on our farm, and doing all we can to raise awareness about them and protect their habitat has been extremely rewarding for us. Watching the colony grow each year has become so special to us.

Even if you don’t have an amazing species like the Laysan albatross living on your land, you’re surrounded by endangered species that need your help. In particular, think about your local pollinators. Honeybee populations are in bad shape these days, and they can be helped out a lot just by suburban gardeners planting more flowers and plants they like.

Anytime you take action to preserve habitat, whether by building it, protecting it, or voting to protect it, you’re doing your part to help this planet’s endangered species.

July 2016

Kai is almost ready to fly!

Many of the new chicks have grown to young adults and flown for the first time. When we talked about the Albatross on our Organic Noni Farm & Wellness Tours, everyone is amazed at the 8 month commitment of the breeding pair of adults to mate, produce a new chick and raise the chick until it can fly away.

Most amazing is the research that has shown that a new chick turned into a young adult that flies for the first time glides for 3 days to Alaska where it has never been before!!

They land in the cool water with abundant squid (their primary food) and eat squid. The new young adult does not touch land for 3-4 years, flies and floats while eating squid.

In 3-4 years, as young juvenile adults they return to our hillside, the place of their birth after crossing 2000 miles of ocean. They socialize with other young juveniles and watch the breeding pairs of Adults, learning what they will be doing once they turn 7 years old. We'll keep an eye out and let you know when Kai returns!

Aug 2016

Bye albatross! Until next time!

All the new chicks and Kai have flown away to Alaska. It has been a very good breeding year with over 20 new chicks born on our hillside out front overlooking the beautiful ocean. Lola has diligently posted to Facebook (http://facebook.com/RealNoni) and Instagram(@realnoni) new photos each week or so of the Albatross, new chicks and lots of dancing.

The next breeding season begins in November, with the mating pairs returning 2000 miles of open ocean from Alaska to our hillside to raise a new chick. Stay tuned!

Steve Frailey

About the Author: Steve Frailey

My wife and I (Steve Frailey) moved to Kauai, Hawaii in 1982 from our organic farm in California. There were no roads, electricity, water or buildings but lots of Noni trees (Morinda Citrifolia) in our valley. We also developed a deep relationship with Noni that was growing all through our valley.  Today we run our Hawaiian Organic Noni farm, and share the gift of health with people throughout the world.



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