Skip Navigation


  • Baby albatross

    Laysan Albatross Chick

    This little guy grows up to be two feet tall with a wingspan of over six feet. Did we mention the pink legs?

    Learn More

  • Baby red-tailed tropicbird small

    Red-tailed Tropicbird Chick

    When this chick grows up, it will have a bright red beak to match its long, red tail streamers.

    Learn more

  • Baby tern

    White Tern Chick

    When this chick grows up, it will be entirely white with dark eyes and a thick,sharply pointed black bill with an electric blue base.

    Learn more

What's New

What's New on the Refuge

Male Short-tailed Albatross Found Dead, Wisdom Lays Her Egg, Invasive Plant Assault Clears the Way for Albatross, Unique Refuge Visitors

Learn more...

Visiting the Refuge

Refuge is Currently Closed to Visitation

Midway LAAL streetview 150 X 118

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!) and through the below link to Sand Island's on-line self-guided historical tour.

Sand Island Historical Tour

Contractors and Agency Partners

Administrative Fee Schedule

May 01, 2014

Schedule of Fees for Services Rendered for Contractors and Agency Partners

Midway Fee Schedule

About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System


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  

Follow NWRS Online


Midway Atoll - Past and Present

  • Male Short-tailed Albatross Found Dead

    Short-tailed albatross maleDecember 19, 2014

    Sadly, this male short-tailed albatross was discovered dead near his former nesting site on Saturday, December 13, 2014. He was formerly the male partner of a short-tailed albatross pair that had successfully reared three chicks since 2011. We will miss his incredible, bold, and brilliant stature as he returned seasonally to Eastern Island, each time waiting patiently at the chance a female would touch down and be interested. In 2010 a dance with a female solidified their relationship and for the coming years during the nesting season, we stood in awe, watching via a remote positioned camera, a rare kind of seabird love story unfold.

    Learn More
  • Battle of Midway National Memorial

    The purpose of this Order is to designate Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge as 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
  • Preserving the Past

    While Midway is best known for its pivotal role in World War II, its rich history dates back well over a century. One of our goals is to preserve and interpret these unique historic resources.

    Learn more
Page Photo Credits — © Dan Clark, Sandra Hall/USFWS
Last Updated: Nov 24, 2014
Return to main navigation