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    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?

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    Red-tailed Tropicbird Chick

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

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  • 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.

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What's New on Midway Atoll!

What's New!

January 05, 2015

The Story of Wisdom Continues, New Year Birth Announcement, Record Albatross Nest Counts for 2015, Male Short-tailed Albatross Found Dead,

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Battle of Midway National Memorial

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.

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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

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.

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Ensuring Midway's Historic and Wildlife Legacy

  • The Story of Wisdom Continues

    February 05, 2015

    There comes a time when nature reminds us when there is life, there is death. As of January 6, 2015 Deputy Refuge Manager Bret Wolfe observed Wisdom, the world’s oldest known albatross, sitting on her nest without an egg, (she and her mate were both sharing incubation duties for most of December 2014).

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  • Volunteer Opportunities on the Refuge

    The Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge and Battle of Midway National Memorial is accepting volunteer applications. Click on the link to learn more.

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  • Honoring Midway Atoll's Cultural and Natural Heritage

    Pihemanu (Hawaiian place name for Midway meaning "loud din of birds") is within Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument , a recently inscribed World Heritage Site of extraordinary natural and cultural significance.

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  • 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.

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Last Updated: Feb 20, 2015
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