Built in 1941, designed by Albert Kahn, the Officer in Charge House now serves as the Refuge Manager's house. In 1969, President Nixon hosted a secret meeting with Republic of South Vietnam President Thieu in the downstairs room. These negotiations started the process for the United States to sharply reduce U.S. troop levels in an effort to turn the war effort over to the South Vietnamese.
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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.