Wisdom: Oldest Bird in World to Hatch New Chick

Photo by Greg Joder, USFWS. https://www.flickr.com/photos/usfwspacific/15853842138/in/photostream/.

On December 10, 1956, ornithologist Chandler Robbins banded about 20 Laysan albatrosses on Midway Atoll. Today, one of those is considered the oldest known wild birds in the world. Presumed to be at least five years old, the minimum breeding age, Wisdom is now over 63 years old. She has incredibly survived yet another year […]

Japanese Audience: Your Books Travel the World

When you sit in your home office and write, do you think about reaching kids around the world? Neither do I. Yet, I’ve been privileged to be published in eight languages: Swedish, Danish, Norwegian, German, Arabic, Chinese, Spanish and English. My books have been read by children and adults across the globe. That’s an amazing […]

Wisdom, the Oldest Bird in the World Hatches New Chick

Wisdom, the oldest known bird in the world at age 63, has just seen her newest chick hatch! Wow! One of the surprising things about writing a nonfiction piece is that the story isn’t finished yet. Our world doesn’t just stop, it’s not stagnate. Life goes on. And that means that Wisdom has yet another […]

Heights and Depths: A Writing Life

Winner of the 2013 Writer's Digest Self-Published Books award for children's picture book category. Received a Starred Review in Publisher's Weekly.

In the space of a week, I’ve gone from the heights to the depths. First, the good news. Last week, I was thrilled to learn that my book, Wisdom, the Midway Albatross was given a starred review in Publisher’s Weekly. This book has defied all the odds–just as Wisdom has done. “. . .Pattison writes […]

Oldest Bird in World: Name her Chick

Wisdom, the Midway Albatross by Darcy Pattison

Last year, I wrote this book about the oldest bird in the world who was on Midway Atoll when the Japanese tsunami struck. It’s an amazing story of survival that just won’t stop. At the age of 62+, she is about to hatch another chick. Yes! A mother at 62+ From Wisdom, the Midway Albatross’s […]

The Oldest Mother in the World Wins Book Award

Wisdom and her mate prepare to begin their first shift of incubation, Photo credit: Pete Leary, USFWS

Wisdom, the Midway Albatross, the subject of my 2012 picture book has returned to Midway Island and laid a new egg. She was banded by Chandler Robbins on December 10, 1956 while sitting on an egg and presumed to be a minimum of five years old. That makes her at least 62 years old–and she’s […]

June News

Wisdom, the Midway Albatross is one of the featured books in this BookLinks article: Classroom Connections: Taking Flight with Books about Birds. Larson, Jeanette (author). First published May 2012 (Book Links). http://booklistonline.com/ProductInfo.aspx?pid=5394850 Please Vote for Kitty Harvill. Illustrator of Wisdom, the Midway Albatross, Kitty has entered three paintings in the 4th International Animal Art Contest. […]

Wisdom, the Midway Albatross


Children’s Picture Book: Wisdom, the Midway Albatross The oldest wild bird in the world, documented with banding, is Wisdom, the Midway Albatross. When the Japanese Tsunami hit on March 11, 2011, her nest was in the path of danger. This is her amazing story of survival of manmade and natural disasters for over 60 years. […]

Earth Day + Oldest Bird in World = Free Kindle Book for 48 Hours


Just in time for Earth Day on April 22 comes a book chronicling the oldest known wild (sea)bird in the world. She’s not just OLD: at 61+ years old, this Laysan Albatross named Wisdom is a new mother. Darcy is one of the Authors 4 Earth Day participants. FREE Kindle Download. For 48 hours before […]

Draw a Bird Day: Free Coloring Pages

Wisdom the Midway Albatross, a story about the oldest known wild bird in the world.

Wildlife artist, @KITTYHARVILL is offering a series of b/w, printable creative coloring pages for students to participate in Draw a Bird Day (dabday.org) on or about April 8. As the artist for Wisdom, the Midway Albatross: Surviving the Japanese Tsunami and Other Disasters for over 60 Years, Harvill is well-versed in bird art. The three […]

News from Wisdom

Once in a while, it’s time for Shameless Commerce and Book Plugs. That’s today. Free Book for 48 Hours FREE: GET my latest book, WISDOM, THE MIDWAY ALBATROSS: Surviving the Japanese Tsunami and other Disasters for Over 60 Years this weekend for free. ONLY AVAILABLE FREE FOR 48 HOURS – 12 am on March 9 […]