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Aloha Holidays - Seasons Greetings From Midway Atoll
Pacific Region, December 31, 2012
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Bringing new meaning to the term 'white Christmas', it was easy to pretend that the beautiful sugar sand beaches and albatross covering the ground were snow.
Bringing new meaning to the term 'white Christmas', it was easy to pretend that the beautiful sugar sand beaches and albatross covering the ground were snow. - Photo Credit: USFWS
There was no shortage of blessings (or birds!) to count for the albatross counters on Midway during what many described as
There was no shortage of blessings (or birds!) to count for the albatross counters on Midway during what many described as "the best Christmas ever on Midway." - Photo Credit: USFWS
The traditional marine debris ornament-making party was a success this year. Here is a shot of a Light bulb found on beach decorated with glitter snowflakes.
The traditional marine debris ornament-making party was a success this year. Here is a shot of a Light bulb found on beach decorated with glitter snowflakes. - Photo Credit: USFWS
Santa and her elves at white elephant gift exchange. Breaking traditions, they were the first all gal crew!
Santa and her elves at white elephant gift exchange. Breaking traditions, they were the first all gal crew! - Photo Credit: USFWS
A Christmas morning walk on beautiful North beach.
A Christmas morning walk on beautiful North beach. - Photo Credit: USFWS

This update came to us from a member of the crew on Midway Atoll during the holiday season.

All of us albatross counters here on Midway just spent what many of us described as the best Christmas ever on Midway. The festivities began several days ago with a beautiful Christmas in the Clipper House where we eat all our meals. With such a festive tree, it was easy to pretend that the beautiful sugar sand beaches and albatross covering the ground were snow. On Friday we had the traditional marine debris ornament-making party. We got together in Captain Brooks bar and painted, glued, and glittered any flotsam we could find to turn fishing floats, lightbulbs and other floating trash into Christmas ornaments. On Christmas eve we had a gift exchange, complete with Santa and elves. Gifts included Midway necessities such as t-shirts and bottles of wine as well as hand crafted item like a beautiful etched albatross mirror made by one of the Chugach employees from Thailand. Christmas Day began for some of us with the annual Christmas bird count, but many of us just took a walk on beautiful North beach. At lunchtime we were treated by our with a beautiful holiday meal with all the trimmings. This afternoon 20 folks on the island took a spin out to the fringing reef for a quick snorkel trip which capped off what has been a truly memorable Christmas. Tomorrow, back to the enjoyable task of albatross counting. We have just over a week left to finish the count!


Contact Info: Amanda Fortin, (503) 872-2852, amanda_fortin@fws.gov



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