This past weekend, after 60 days incubating in a calcium enclosure and more than two days of pipping its way to freedom, another Laysan albatross chick (above) hatched live on the Cornell Lab of Ornithology #AlbatrossCam. Hawaiian cultural practitioner Sam Ohu Gon III provided the chick with the name of Niaulani. "Niau" translates from Hawaiian to English as "moving smoothly, swiftly, silently, peacefully" and "lani" translates to "exalted, sky, heavens." An appropriate name for a bird that will accumulate 3.7 million air miles in the course of a 50-plus year life.
Viewers can watch Niau (knee-ow) go from a cute, fuzzy chick to awkward adolescent to fledging, majestic Laysan albatross over the next five months on the Cornell Lab #AlbatrossCam.
Originally published as "#AlbatrossCam: The Internet's Latest Reality Show" at www.kimsrogers.com">www.kimsrogers.com. Kim Steutermann Rogers lives on the Hawaiian Island of Kauai with three chickens, two dogs, and one husband, and she regularly writes about Hawaii's natural history. Follow her blog at www.kimsrogers.com and her Twitter feed @kimsrogers.