Support your National Wildlife Refuges by joining organizations such as the National Wildlife Refuge Association that actively supports and advocates for the National Wildlife Refuge System. Within the remote areas of the Pacific, Friends of Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge and Friends of Hawaiian Islands National Wildlife Refuge are non-profit organizations that help support millions of transitory wildlife and restoration projects on both islands and the ocean habitats in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands.
Due to its remote Central Pacific location and to give adequate protection to Howland Island's native habitat and wildlife, the National Wildlife Refuges within the Pacific Remote Islands National Marine Monument are not accessible to the general public. Refuge access is solely managed through the issuance of a Special Use Permit when the activity is deemed compatible and appropriate with the purposes of refuge establishment.
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The name "booby," originally coined by sailors, referred derogatorily to these birds' lack of fear around humans. Its feeding tactics are memorable: these dazzling white birds make high velocity plunge-dives in search of fish.