Large, dark waterbird with long body, neck, and tail. Brown head, throat, chest, and upperparts with a white belly. Narrow, pointed wings.
Large white waterbird with dark face mask. Tail and back of wings is black. Long, pointed bill, tail and wings. .
Large white waterbird - black on back of wings. Long, pointed, pale gray bill, long pointed tail,long pointed wings. Bright red feet.
Special Use Permits
Special Use Permits enable the public to engage in wildlife-related activities on a National Wildlife Refuge which would otherwise be prohibited.Learn More
About the Complex
Palmyra Atoll NWR, in addition to nine other refuges, make up the Pacific Reefs Complex.
Palmyra Atoll is managed as part of the Pacific Reefs NWR Complex.
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About the NWRS
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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The removal of the shipwrecks and coral reef recovery work is one of the largest coral reef recovery projects in the Pacific Ocean.Removal of shipwrecks
Scientists conducted surveys during the summer of 2012 and confirmed that the entire atoll is currently rat-free. Protect Palmyra
Last Updated: Jan 21, 2015