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Albatross Breeding Season 2020

By: Lola Frailey Wednesday March 25, 2020 comments Tags: albatross, albatross hatching, albatross chicks, protect the albatross

March 2020

You’ve been waiting for it and now it's here, Name That Chick!! This season we have 16 new adorable chicks. They are cute as cute can be with their baby fluff feathers and little body wobble. When the chicks aren’t napping they are enjoying the local entertainment, juvenile dance parties! However distracting the dancing may be, what’s really on their mind is mom and dad’s next squid delivery. You can almost hear these chicks chirp the word fooooooood!!!

Now for Name That Chick details:

Chick D received the most votes on our Facebook page. Help us give him/her a name!

The winning name will receive a noni gift parcel and bragging rights for naming our 2020 chick. Noni gift parcel will contain one Noni Fruit Leather 2oz packet and one 4oz bottle of each Noni Lavender Lotion and IcyHeat Noni Lotion. 

Click the link below for the entry submission form. Submit your name suggestion by April 11, 2020. Winning name to be announced late April. Can’t wait to see this year’s submissions!

Feb 2020

Time to welcome the newest members of our albatross family! The laboring 60 day incubation period is finally over. What was once a boring white egg is now the cutest little ball of fluff you ever did see.

The excitement shows when Mom and Dad proudly announce the arrival of their adorable chick. But don’t think the hard work is over, there’s four months of continuous feeding ahead. Their main food source is cold water squid which we don’t have here in Hawaii.

A journey for squid can be over 1500 miles one way and take up to 3 days. Upon returning they regurgitate three day old stomach squid to their hungry, growing chick. If you think noni smells bad, try being on the albatross bluff for feeding time... Pee-ew!

Next month, help us pick the lucky chick that will star in this year’s contest: Name That Chick

Jan 2020

Howling wind, torrential rain, and monstrous surf… crashing into the cliff side home of our Laysan albatross. Although albatross choose Hawaii to escape the North Pacific’s extreme winter, this paradise has challenges of its own. Kauai, being one of the wettest spots in the world, is a tough environment for these dedicated parents to raise their young.

Mom and Dad must endure blustering winter storms for their exhausting 60 day incubation. Both share the responsibility of keeping the egg warm, their tummies full and a watchful eye for predators. We are very egg-cited for this unique eggs-perience of observing these egg-cellent parents!!!

Dec 2019

Finally! Almost all of the albatross have returned home to their nesting grounds in paradise. They make the long journey to Kauai for it’s smooth tradewinds and tropical warm weather. This year we have a whopping 21 breeding pairs! With each couple only able to lay one egg per season, we have the potential for 21 new chicks come February. We do have 5 albatross mates still patiently awaiting the arrival of their partner to begin nesting...which means our nest count has the potential to still grow!

I’m sure you’ve heard of the dance flamenco but have you seen the dance albatross? 

If not here you go!

The albatross and their unique way of showing affection.

Nov 2019

Oh boy are we excited!! Last week, the first 3 adults appeared on our hillside overlooking the Ocean. Within days, more and more have made the 2000 mile journey from Alaska to the hillside they were born on years ago. The Laysan Albatross is a magnificent bird with a 6-7 foot wing span. They mate for life – so within days, the breeding pairs arrive at their nesting
site in front of our farm.
It is quite a sight during the first weeks of them returning as the breeding pairs “reconnect” through singing and dancing since they have not seen each other for 3 months; the end of last year’s breeding season. A pair can sing and dance for an hour in happiness!

Then, within a short period of time, they will mate and the female builds a large nest using the pine needles on the ground. Last year, we had 22 breeding pairs which will probably grow to more than 30 this year as every 7th year, chicks born on our hillside return as mature adults to pick a mate for life and begin breeding here. We began with 3 pairs of breeding Albatross and the numbers just keep growing!

The eggs are due to hatch sometime in February, so watch for this years “Name that Chick Contest.” One of last year’s winners, Maggie, for the name Spike recently attended our free Organic Noni Farm and Wellness Tour. She was very excited to visit the farm and share her many stories with the group on the tour of how Noni has helped her family. Pain relief and skin irritations were some of her many highlights.

Lola will be taking pictures several times per week so watch for the posts to Facebook and Instagram

Stay tuned!

Lola Frailey

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