|photo by Paul, the "Journalist on the Loose"|
I and my fellow volunteers checked to see which LAAL (Laysan Albatross) chicks are healthy and still alive in plot # L10. This is called "reproductive success." The picture shows me with a stick that we use to nudge each chick into a standing position so that we can see the plastic band on its leg. Each chick has a different number on its band; that's how we can tell which chick is which. Doesn't the Laysan Albatross chick look healthy; see all its black, fluffy down...with just the beginning of its adult white feathers!
(By the way, that's the US Fish & Wildlife Refuge office right behind my hat.)