Albatross Colony Under Threat from Unlikely Predator

Apr 5, 2018

Credit U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

A remote atoll within the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument is home to an extraordinary collection of seabirds. More than 3 million converging on a tiny space: some 1500 acres. It’s the only nesting ground for two seabird species that face an imminent threat from an unlikely source: invasive house mice that attack and kill nesting Black-footed albatross and Laysan albatross.

Papahānaumokuākea Superintendent Matt Brown sat down with The Conversation's Chris Vandercook to discuss the importance of protecting these seabirds on Midway Atoll.