Laysan Albatross Chick
This little guy grows up to be two feet tall with a wingspan of over six feet. Did we mention the pink legs?
Red-tailed Tropicbird Chick
When this chick grows up, it will have a bright red beak to match its long, red tail streamers.
White Tern Chick
When this chick grows up, it will be entirely white with dark eyes and a thick,sharply pointed black bill with an electric blue base.
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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 PartnersMay 01, 2014
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.
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Midway Atoll - Past and Present
A short-tailed albatross chick hatched at Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge on Eastern Island within the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument on January 9, 2014. The short-tailed albatross is one of the most endangered seabird species in the world, has a stunning golden head and an impressive regal stature much larger than its cousin, the Laysan albatross which nests on Midway by the hundreds of thousands.
Learn more and watch video
Pihemanu (Hawaiian place name for Midway meaning "loud din of birds") is within Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument , a recently inscribed World Heritage Site of extraordinary natural and cultural significance. Learn more
While Midway is best known for its pivotal role in World War II, its rich history dates back well over a century. One of our goals is to preserve and interpret these unique historic resources. Preserving the Past
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: Jul 22, 2014