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Ocean Stewardship

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Thank you for your interest in inspiring ocean stewardship through the Winged Ambassadors Education Partnership. Kure Atoll Conservancy, State of Hawaii DLNR-DOFAW, Oikonos Ecosystem Knowledge, and Hawai‘i Pacific University have teamed up to offer free boluses as a valuable teaching resource.

Unfortunately, we are currently out of boluses! Please email for wait list options.

Through the hard work and dedication of volunteer biologists, we are able to provide a hands-on learning tool for students. Currently field biologists are collecting boluses from two albatross breeding colonies in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, Kure and Midway Atolls.

When available, we can provide 5 boluses for dissection in the classroom. We have also created a “virtual bolus dissection” using detailed professional images available in both printable and projectable formats that can be found using the Winged Ambassadors – Ocean Literacy through the Eyes of Albatross curriculum from Oikonos, NOAA and HPU.

As boluses are a limited resource, we cannot distribute more than 5 boluses for your education activities. We encourage you to share the boluses between students, classes, and teachers and conduct the activities in student groups (3-4) to make the most of this very limited material. You can also reuse boluses by re-combining the contents and saving them in jars. We also recommend keeping one or two boluses intact, not dissected, as an example of the mass a chick must regurgitate.

To request boluses,

Apologies, but our bolus request wait list is currently closed because boluses are unavailable. When we know the availability status for this year, it will be updated in this section. Please check back in June 2020 for an update.

For further information or other inquiries about the Winged Ambassadors curriculum, please email Ilana Nimz at

Thank you for your understanding.

 More Marine Debris Resources for Teachers

Latest Enhancements (August 2014):

  • Aligned with Next Generation Science & Common Core Standards.
  • New Videos: Albatross Barfing Plastic & Nesting Albatross.
  • Improved Albatross Bolus and Mapping activity worksheets.
  • Tracking data provided for Google Earth mapping.

A new and exciting resource to include in your lesson plan is the Cornell University albatross camera.  On the Island of Kaua‘i Laysan albatross pairs nested in a private back yard and are being monitored by a live remote camera so their activities can be shared with the world!

Kokua Hawaii Foundation resources are especially helpful to school groups and others interested in learning more about reducing single-use plastics on campus and at home.

Algalita Marine Research and Education has created Debris Science Investigation Kits which are available by reservation. These kits are recommended for students in grades 6-12.

Mapping tool and information about the marine debris hot spots in the Main Hawaiian Islands. A collaboration between the Division of Aquatic Resources, NOAA’s Marine Debris Program, Resource Mapping Hawai’i, and Hawai’i Coral Reef Initiative

The Integrated Arts Marine Debris Curriculum from Washed Ashore. These free lessons meet National Core Standards for Art, Language Art, Social Studies and Science.

Please help to support the ongoing efforts to provide free resources. Thank you!

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