Science: Man v. Bird

Midway Island is the happy home of 645,000 albatrosses—about 35% of the world population of the Laysan species and 16% of the black-footed species. Difficulty is, Midway is also the home of a major air facility of the U.S. Navy, and the place is not big enough for both bird and plane. Last week the U.S. Navy decided that the troublesome albatross must go.

The great birds (wingspan: about 7 ft.) go through such distressingly gooney antics that Navymen long ago dubbed them gooney birds. Among other things, they need large, clear areas to...

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