|albatross chicks caught in Naupaka bush; photo by Pete Leary.|
|Short-tailed Albatross chick on Midway's Eastern Island; photo by Pete Leary.|
Volunteers and visitors to the island spent the afternoon freeing dozens of albatross chicks who had been washed into and caught inside thickets of naupaka. This often required hacking through the bushes with large clippers and small saws, and either crawling through the spaces or climbing on top of the branches to perch suspended over the ground. Visitors also dug out many petrels who had been trapped and buried in their burrows.
While Eastern Island was hard hit, amazingly the short-tailed albatross chick survived!