15 black-footed albatross chicks moved to Oahu

Updated: Mar. 6, 2017 at 4:57 AM HST
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HONOLULU (AP) - Fifteen black-footed albatross chicks have been moved from Midway Atoll to establish a breeding colony on Oahu's north shore.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports that the birds have been relocated as part of a new project by the Pacific Rim Conservation and other groups that aims to help save the seabirds. The species is particularly vulnerable to rising sea levels and storm surge on Midway Atoll, an island about 1,200 miles northwest of Honolulu.

The 3-week-old black-footed chicks were flown to their new home last month at the James Campbell National Wildlife Refuge in Kahuku, where they are being hand-fed.

The goal is to monitor the chicks until this summer, when they're big enough to fly out toward California and Mexico.

Conservationists are hoping the chicks return to the refuge to breed after a few years.

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