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 […]

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 […]

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 […]