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    Brown Booby

    Large, dark waterbird with long body, neck, and tail. Brown head, throat, chest, and upperparts with a white belly. Narrow, pointed wings.

  • Masked booby rotator

    Masked Booby

    Large white waterbird with dark face mask. Tail and back of wings is black. Long, pointed bill, tail and wings. .

  • Red-footed booby rotator

    Red-footed Booby

    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

Special Use Permits enable the public to engage in wildlife-related activities on a National Wildlife Refuge which would otherwise be prohibited.

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About the Complex

Pacific Reefs NWR 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

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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  • Town Hall Meeting

    July 23, 2014

    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, 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 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.

  • Reef Restoration Wreck Removal Project

    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
  • Rats Eradicated from the Refuge

    Scientists conducted surveys during the summer of 2012 and confirmed that the entire atoll is currently rat-free.

    Protect Palmyra
Last Updated: Nov 19, 2014
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