Monday, August 2, 2010
FOAM's July 23 post was entitled "The Albatross are Gone!...but Where?" We learned that satellite tags attached to Laysan Albatross sent information about where they were. A map showed us the locations of 2 birds in April 2009.
Naturally, I was really excited when John Klavitter, Manager and Biologist of Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge, asked if I'd like to see satellite tags attached to a few of this year's albatross fledglings (chicks)!!
Can you spot the satellite tag on the albatross in the picture below?! No? --that's because John and Greg did such a good job! I'll bet all you can see, if you look closely, is the transmitter's antenna. This bird is all set; it's ready to fly away from Midway Atoll! As it flies, the satellite tag will transmit information about where it is. And the battery is good for a whole year!