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
Wake Atoll NWR, in addition to nine other refuges, make up the Pacific Reefs Complex.
Wake Atoll is managed as part of the Pacific Reefs.
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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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What's NewJuly 23, 2014
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), will host a Town Hall meeting on the possible expansion of the protections of the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument in the south-central Pacific Ocean. The Town Hall discussion will be held on August 11 at the Ala Moana Hotel, Carnation Room, 410 Atkinson Drive Honolulu, from 5:00 – 7:00 pm. If you are unable to attend the Town Hall meeting and would like to comment, please send your comments to PRI@noaa.gov no later than August 15.
The Refuge is a part of the Pacific Remote Islands Monument, which was established in 2009 by President George W. Bush and encompasses 86,888 square miles of the ocean within its boundaries, which extend 50 nautical miles from the shores of small, uninhabited U.S. territories: Howland, Baker, and Jarvis Islands; Johnston, Wake, and Palmyra Atolls; and Kingman Reef. On June 17, 2014, President Obama announced his intention to consider expanding the protections of the Pacific Remote Islands Monument.
White tern chick
A female white tern lays her single egg - usually on a bare branch. As soon as the egg hatches, the tern chick clings tightly to the branch. Good thing it has strong feet and claws, right out of the shell! Mom or dad stays close for the first day or two, but soon, both are off on frequent fishing trips.
Page Photo Credits Mark Rauzon
Last Updated: Feb 20, 2015