Medevac Emergency September 2015
Midway is not just a safe haven for wildlife but remains an active critical life-line for people too.
Cross Point Restored
Refuge Volunteer Restores Sacred Site to Former Residents of Midway Atoll.
Refuge Highlights 2015
Record Number of Laysan Ducks Threatened
The search is on for birds needing care while dead birds are removed from the environment to prevent the spread of botulism. M. Duhr-Schultz
Midway Atoll Highlights August 2015
The oldest documented bird in the wild returns and is observed with her mate!
Honoring Those We Lost
Navy sailors, Battle of Midway veteran Sergeant Edgar Fox, and Naia Ahuna tribute flowers to Midway's lagoon on June 4, 2012.
Battle of Midway National Memorial
In 2000 Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge was designated the Battle of Midway National Memorial, so that the heroic courage and sacrifice of those who fought against overwhelming odds to win an incredible victory will never be forgotten.Learn more
What's New on Midway Atoll!
Check out 2015 highlights of the habitat and wildlife management and historic preservation activities conducted by a small cadre of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service staff, along side contracted Defense Base Services Inc. employees, at Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge/Battle of Midway National Memorial. Photo by: Meg Duhr-Schultz/USFWSLearn more...
Visiting the Refuge
Midway operational capacity to support wildlife conservation projects including visitor services operations has been reduced. We hope future resources and operational changes will help support opportunities the Fish and Wildlife staff once hosted on behalf of wildlife and people.
In the meantime, virtual online experiences and resources can help one visit Midway's spectacular resources through Google Streetview (yes, Google came to Midway last year!)
www.papahanaumokuakea.gov/news/midway_google.html and through the below link to Sand Island's on-line self-guided historical tour. Sand Island Historical Tour
Contractors and Agency PartnersJuly 28, 2015
Schedule of Fees for Services Rendered for Contractors and Agency PartnersMidway Fee Schedule
About the NWRS
The National Wildlife Refuge System, within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, manages a national network of lands and waters set aside to conserve America’s fish, wildlife, and plants.
Learn more about the NWRS
Ensuring Midway's Historic and Wildlife Legacy
The world's oldest known banded bird in the wild, a Laysan albatross named Wisdom, was sighted on November 19, 2015. A few days later she was spotted with her mate (right in photo). Wisdom departed soon after mating and was recently sighted incubating her egg on November 28, 2015. For More Information Go To: http://bit.ly.1lhyM78
Photo by: Kiah Walker/USFWSVideo of Wisdom (right) Incubating Egg with Mate
Through research conducted at Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge a new USGS study shows that tropical seabirds are highly vulnerable to sea level rise. Many seabird species have disappeared from human-populated islands and their worldwide distributions are now concentrated on low-lying islands protected as wildlife refuges and marine national monuments. An analysis of habitat and seabird traits revealed that albatrosses and Bonin petrels were especially exposed to sudden flooding when the rising sea is combined with winter storm waves. Photo by: Wieteke Holthuijzen/USFWSUSGS News Release
The Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge and Battle of Midway National Memorial is accepting applications. Click on the link to learn more.Learn more
For more than a century Midway Atoll has played a strategic international link in the Pacific for transportation, communication and military operations. In addition to managing wildlife and its resource, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service preserves and interprets these historic resources of international importance.Learn more
During the breeding season, tropicbirds form a group of 2-20 birds and fly around one another, swinging their tail streamers from side to side for several minutes to attract the female bird. Their courtship displays are complex and consist of flying backwards, vertically, and in large, vertical circles.
Page Photo Credits © Dan Clark, Sandra Hall/USFWS
Last Updated: Nov 30, 2015