The world's oldest known bird in the wild, Wisdom, hatched a chick on February 1 and returned to Midway yesterday, February 7!
Medevac Operations Save Lives!
Midway is not just a safe haven for wildlife but remains an active critical life-line for people too.
A Bold and Beautiful Historic Icon
The IUCN critically endangered short-tailed albatross is always a show stopper. Photo by: Dan Clark/USFWS
Discover More About the Golden Gooney
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
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
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.Learn more
What's New on Midway Atoll!
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 and volunteers along side Defense Base Services Inc. employees. Photo by: Bret Wolfe Learn more...
Visiting the Refuge
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!)
www.papahanaumokuakea.gov/news/midway_google.html and through the below link to Sand Island's on-line self-guided historical tour. Sand Island Historical Tour
Contractors and Agency PartnersJuly 28, 2015
Schedule of Fees for Services Rendered for Contractors and Agency PartnersMidway Fee Schedule
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.
Learn more about the NWRS
Ensuring Midway's Historic and Wildlife Legacy
Announcing the Arrival of Kūkini! "Literally meaning 'messenger', in this case the arrival of this chick and the amazing story of Wisdom both bring important messages. Traveling thousands of miles each year, albatross are indicators of the health of our oceans and face constant threats- marine debris, irresponsible fishing practices, habitat degradation and invasive species" noted Keola Lindsey from Office of Hawaiian Affairs. "Wisdom and
Kūkini are a story of perseverance and serve as messengers that remind all people of the need to work together to aloha ‘āina- care for our world." News Release
The Oceanic Society just unveiled an Adopt An Albatross program in partnership with the Friends of Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge and the Kure Atoll Conservancy. Funds go to support seabird habitat restoration on Midway Atoll Refuge and Kure Atoll State Seabird Sanctuary within Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument! Photo by: Arthur MorrisAdopt An Albatross
Pihemanu (Hawaiian place name for Midway meaning "loud din of birds") is within Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument and World Heritage Site of extraordinary natural and cultural significance. This year marks the 10th Anniversary of the Monument designation as well as the 5th Anniversary of the World Heritage inscription, both critical actions and choices the American public has made to protect nature and culture as one.Learn more
- February 02, 2016
Amongst the more than 480,000 nests of the world’s largest albatross colony, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service biologists and volunteers recently discovered house mice attacking adult nesting Laysan and black-footed albatrosses at Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge, part of Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument. Mouse Aggression
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.
Page Photo Credits © Dan Clark, Sandra Hall/USFWS
Last Updated: Feb 08, 2016