Endangered Species

Don’t Chum the Albatross!

Guidelines for Ethical Wildlife Viewing

a juvenile albatross sitting on the water
A young short-tailed albatross that has been spotted along the California coast. 📷 Brad R. Lewis

We need your help

“As the short-tailed albatross population continues to increase, birds will occur more often on the fringes of their range. This is a good opportunity for folks in California and other areas to observe these birds, but we have to do it respectfully, with low impact .”— Jennifer Spegon, Short-tailed Albatross Recovery Coordinator, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

an albatross chick flapping next to a gull
Size comparison of the young albatross next to a gull. 📷 Brad R. Lewis

For the bird’s safety, please:

Short-tailed albatrosses are protected by law

an adult albatross sitting on vegetation
An adult short-tailed albatross. 📷 USFWS/Tamara Zeller
an albatross chick flapping its wings
An albatross chick treading water
📷 Brad R. Lewis

About short-tailed albatross

Rising to the Occasion

“We’re all excited about this amazing bird and the enthusiasm it is generating. That makes it doubly important that we be outstanding ambassadors for birding and take extra care to ensure that those of us lucky enough to see it leave it exactly as we found it, for its own sake and for the enjoyment of others.” — Jeffrey Gordon, American Birding Association President