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  • Wisdom Nesting with Mate 11.21.2015

    Wisdom Returns!

    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!

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    Medevac Operations Save Lives!

    Midway is not just a safe haven for wildlife but remains an active critical life-line for people too.

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  • Short-tailed Sub Adult 2014

    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

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    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

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    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

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.

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What's New on Midway Atoll!

What's Happening on the Refuge?

The Gangs All Here!

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

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Visiting the Refuge

Refuge is Currently Closed to Visitation

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

July 28, 2015

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.

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Ensuring Midway's Historic and Wildlife Legacy

  • Wisdom Prevails!

    Wisdom Returns Finds Mate by Kiah Walker

    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.

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  • Up For Adoption!

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    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 Morris

    Adopt An Albatross
  • Mouse Aggression

    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
  • Sea-Level Rise Threatens Seabirds

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    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/USFWS

    USGS News Release
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Last Updated: Feb 03, 2016
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