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  • Baby albatross

    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?

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    Red-tailed Tropicbird Chick

    When this chick grows up, it will have a bright red beak to match its long, red tail streamers.

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  • Baby tern

    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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What's New

What's New on the Refuge

Commercial Aircraft Makes Emergency Landing on Midway, Wisdom's Chick Flies the Coop, Invasive Plant Assault Clears the Way for Albatross, Unique Refuge Visitors

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Visiting the Refuge

Refuge is Currently Closed to Visitation

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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!) and through the below link to Sand Island's on-line self-guided historical tour.

Sand Island Historical Tour

Contractors and Agency Partners

Administrative Fee Schedule

May 01, 2014

Schedule of Fees for Services Rendered for Contractors and Agency Partners

Midway Fee Schedule

About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System


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

  • Endangered Short-tailed Albatross Chick Hatches on January 9, 2014!

    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.

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  • Honoring Our Cultural and Natural Heritage

    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.

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  • Preserving the Past

    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
Page Photo Credits — © Dan Clark, Sandra Hall/USFWS
Last Updated: Oct 09, 2014
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