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    Medevac Emergency September 2015

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

    Medevac Photos

  • Restored Cross Point

    Cross Point Restored

    Refuge Volunteer Restores Sacred Site to Former Residents of Midway Atoll.

    Refuge Highlights 2015

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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

  • Wisdom Nesting with Mate 11.21.2015

    Wisdom Returns!

    The oldest documented bird in the wild returns and is observed with her mate!

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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!

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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, along side contracted Defense Base Services Inc. employees, at Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge/Battle of Midway National Memorial. Photo by: Meg Duhr-Schultz/USFWS

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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 Returns to Pihemanu (Midway Atoll)

    Wisdom Returns Finds Mate by Kiah Walker

    The world's oldest known banded bird in the wild, a Laysan albatross named Wisdom, was sighted on November 19, 2015. A few days later she was spotted with her mate (right in photo). Wisdom departed soon after mating and was recently sighted incubating her egg on November 28, 2015. For More Information Go To: Photo by: Kiah Walker/USFWS

    Video of Wisdom (right) Incubating Egg with Mate
  • 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
  • Opportunities on the Refuge

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

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  • Preserving the Past

    For more than a century Midway Atoll has played a strategic international link in the Pacific for transportation, communication and military operations. In addition to managing wildlife and its resource, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service preserves and interprets these historic resources of international importance.

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Last Updated: Nov 30, 2015
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