The 2.4 square miles of Midway Atoll host over a million nesting Laysan Albatrosses each year, along with tons of marine debris. Nets, buoys, and plastic trash wash onto beaches. Albatross parents often swallow plastic pieces and regurgitate them to their young. Yet, amazingly, the albatrosses thrive.
Susan Scott, a volunteer for the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service since 1989, will share photos of her work with Midway’s albatrosses and explain how she uses the plastics littering their nests to educate people through art. Author of the memoir Call Me Captain, Susan writes a weekly Ocean Watch column for the Honolulu Star-Advertiser.