The Royal Albatross Colony at Taiaroa head will next month
celebrate 70 years since the first albatross chick fledged
from the colony.
This season 10 chicks are expected to fledge.
Royal Albatross Centre manager Sam Inder said to celebrate
the anniversary, the centre was offering free entry in
September to any Dunedin citizen aged 70 or older, as they
would have "fledged" in the same era.
"Dunedin people have contributed greatly to the survival of
the albatross at the colony and we want to thank the senior
While the first albatross egg was laid at Taiaroa Head in
1919, it was not until 1938 that ornithologist Dr Lance
Rich-dale observed the first successful fledging, he said.
The colony now has a population of more than 100 birds.