|Short-tailed Albatross chick; photo by John Klavitter|
What happened to the one-and-only STAL chick on Midway?
As Ellen reported, "Staff and volunteers checked the STAL nest the next afternoon and observed the male on the nest.... After several minutes of searching, the chick was found about 25-m away, apparently washed out of the nest cup by the surf. Fortunately, the chick appeared to be in good health and was returned back to the nest cup by refuge staff. The adult male initially moved a few feet from the nest when the chick was placed in the cup, but returned to the nest about 45 minutes later."
As of February 23, the chick seemed fine. At that time it was about about "50% larger than the largest Black-footed albatross chicks."
As soon as I hear more, updated information, I'll write another post. Let's hope the good news continues!