The National Commission of Protected Natural Areas (Conanp), announced the birth of 35 black-footed albatross chicks (Phoebastria nigripes), in the biosphere reserve of Guadalupe Island, in Baja California.

The announcement was made this March 3 in connection with the commemoration of the World Wildlife Day.

The Secretariat of Environment and Natural Resources (Semarnat) through Conanp, announced that On January 12, the second year of the project called “Translocation of black-footed albatrosses from the Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge, in the United States, to the Guadalupe Island Biosphere Reserve, Mexico”when 36 fertile eggs were transported from Sand Island to Guadalupe Island.

Upon arrival at their destination, the black-footed albatross eggs were adopted and raised by experienced parental pairs of Laysan albatrosses (Phoebastria immutabilis), a species that has nested on Guadalupe Island since the early 1980s and whose colony is the most important in the eastern Pacific.

PHOTO: Conanp.

When the eggs hatched, the chicks recognized Guadalupe Island as their home.

“After orienting themselves with the stars, they will return to the island as non-reproductive adult individuals in a period of three to five years”details the commission’s statement.

Later, in five to eight years, they will return to the island to find a mate and reproduce. From their birth and until leaving the island – towards the end of June – the adoptive parents of Laysan albatrosses will feed the chicks, this technique is known as cross-breeding.

97% of black-footed albatrosses nest on low-lying atolls in the northwestern Hawaiian Islands, which are susceptible to flooding and erosion as a result of global climate change, so these chicks, along with 27 that hatched and successfully fled the island in 2021, they are the founders of a new colony on Guadalupe Island.

The black-footed albatross is considered a near threatened species. by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and threatened by NOM-059-SEMARNAT-2010.

It is also included in the “Agreement by which the list of priority species and populations for conservation is published” published in the Official Gazette of the Federation on March 5, 2014.

With information from Conanp.



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