Supporting your National Wildlife Refuges in the Pacific is possible by joining organizations, such as the National Wildlife Refuge Association, that actively support the management and provide an advocacy voice for the National Wildlife Refuge System. Within the Pacific, Friends of Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge and Friends of Hawaiian Islands National Wildlife Refuge, are non-profit organizations that support projects that provide for millions of transitory Pacific seabirds and endangered species through education and restoration of island habitat in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands and beyond.
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.