The world's oldest known bird in the wild at 65+ years old returns to Midway November 2015. Kūkini hatches February 1, 2016.
Family Photo Album
Medevac Operations Save Lives!
Midway is not just a safe haven for wildlife but remains an active critical life-line for people too.
A Bold and Beautiful Historic Icon
The IUCN critically endangered short-tailed albatross is always a show stopper. Photo by: Dan Clark/USFWS
Discover More About the Golden Gooney
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
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!
Fascinating deep sea explorations are currently underway within the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument while monumental above water wildlife and habitat management activities are being conducted by a small cadre of Fish and Wildlife volunteers and contractors. Photo by: Bret Wolfe Recent News
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!
virtual_visits.html and click the link for Midway atoll.
Click the link below for an online self-guided historical tour of Sand Island. Sand Island Historical Tour
Contractors and Agency PartnersFebruary 12, 2016
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
Cynthia Martinez, Chief of the National Wildlife Refuge System visits Wisdom's chick, Kūkini! Wisdom and her mate continue to intermittently show up to feed their growing chick while Kūkini explores her surroundings in the safety net provided by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Midway Atoll Refuge. Kūkini means 'messenger' symbolizing a messenger of hope and resiliency in face of the many threats these seabirds encounter. Follow Wisdom!
Hōkūle'a a Polynesian voyaging canoe crafted from ancient design, set sail from Hawai'i to Mālama Honua (to care for Island Earth) on a world-wide voyage in 2013. Famed explorer Dr. Sylvia Earle speaks of the significance of this voyage through a bird she met on Midway Atoll. Check-out the Voyage of Wisdom: Mālama Honua and e komo mai (welcome) Hōkūle’a when she arrives on the east coast of the U.S. this summer! For updated sail plan visit: www.hokulea.com Photo Copyright 'Oiwi TV/Kealeleo Wong
Voyage of Wisdom
A heartfelt congratulations goes out to our own Ann Humphrey. She was recently recognized by the National Refuge Association as Volunteer of the Year. She has received the Award in recognition of her unwavering support for Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge in Papahanaumokuakea. Because of its remote location, volunteering at Midway requires a move to the island for the entire volunteer service tour. Since 2007, Ms.Humphrey has completed four service tours of various lengths. Under her direction, the refuge created a Refuge Biological Program volunteer corps to recruit and train stewards for Midway who grow to be technically savvy and make significant contributions to the refuge’s mission.Volunteer of the Year
Pihemanu (Hawaiian place name for Midway meaning "loud din of birds") is within Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument and World Heritage Site of extraordinary natural and cultural significance. This year marks the 10th Anniversary of the Monument designation as well as the 5th Anniversary of the World Heritage inscription, both critical actions and choices the American public has made to protect nature and culture as one.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: Mar 31, 2016