The oldest known bird in the wild has returned to Midway and she has found her mate. Her egg is expected to hatch February 4, 2016!
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!
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 and volunteers along side Defense Base Services Inc. employees. Photo by: Bret Wolfe Learn 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
Wisdom, the oldest known bird in the wild at least 65-years old, returned to Midway Atoll Refuge on November 19, 2015. Wisdom laid an egg on November 28. She soon headed back to sea then returned on Christmas Day to relieve her mate's 24/7 incubation duty. Their egg is expected to hatch first week in February 2016! Click on Follow Wisdom for much more information. Follow Wisdom!
The Oceanic Society just unveiled an Adopt An Albatross program in partnership with the Friends of Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge and the Kure Atoll Conservancy. Funds go to support seabird habitat restoration on Midway Atoll Refuge and Kure Atoll State Seabird Sanctuary within Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument! Photo by: Arthur MorrisAdopt An Albatross
- February 02, 2016
Amongst the more than 480,000 nests of the world’s largest albatross colony, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service biologists and volunteers recently discovered house mice attacking adult nesting Laysan and black-footed albatrosses at Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge, part of Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument. Mouse Aggression
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
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: Feb 03, 2016