I'm back from a 2 week Christmas vacation in Alexandria, VA. I like to get back to the cold every once in a while so I'm reminded that 60 degrees on Midway is actually pretty warm. The end of December was pretty busy around here with 2 monument groups visiting for a few days each. One group had members of the Monument Management Board, and one group had the communication team from the monument. The yearly albatross nest counters also were here (while I was gone). The numbers aren't official yet, but it looks like there are fewer nests than last season. That's kind of expected since last year was a pretty good year and it usually drips after a high year.
Some other big news is that another Short-tailed albatross chick hatched on Eastern Island on Jan. 9th. The pair took a year off last year, so this is the third chick that has hatched at Midway. I haven't gotten over there yet to get any photos, but we got some remote video. Here is the story with a couple of links in it: