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The first egg of the Cornell “TrossCam” site on the North Shore of Kauaʻi hatched just in time to go live. An Hawaiian cultural arts practitioner named the chick Kalama, a word that suggests enlightenment. This year’s nest features Mahealani and Pilialoha, a female-female pair who incubated an infertile egg on camera last year. After their egg failed, they stuck around to babysit other chicks, and were fondly nicknamed “the aunties.” Female-female pairs are relatively common in Laysan albatross colonies in Hawaiʻi, and this year several pairs received an adopted egg removed from high-risk nests near a Navy runway on the west side of Kauaʻi. Everything went smoothly, and the aunties are now officially mommies as well as mates. Congratulations are in order to all concerned!
Holy Mōlī Wins High Praise
Hob Osterlund’s new book Holy Mōlī: Albatross and Other Ancestors is receiving great reviews and high praise. The Pulitzer Prize winning poet Mary Oliver says “I love this book.” Cheryl Strayed, author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Wildd , calls it a “moving and fascinating book about birds, loss, and finding a true home in the world.” Carl Safina, author of Eye of the Albatross, declares it “a gift to the world” and a “must read.” Safina Center. Gina Barreca, best-selling author and feminist humorist, reviewed Holy Mōlī in her Psychology Today blog. Gina Barreca “I was swept off my feet and into the skies both by the author’s prose and by the stories she tells,” Gina says. “Hob blends the most effective kinds of science writing (think National Geographic; think Nature; think the science section of The New York Times.)” Jaymi Heimbuch of Mother Nature Network calls it “by turns fascinating and tear-jerking, humorous and poetic.” David James Duncan, author of The River Why and The Brothers K, says “Holy Mōlī is a healing; a hoot; a transmission of gravity-defying wonder.”
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With many mahalos to Carl Safina for selecting Hob Osterlund as a Fellow of the Safina Center.