Coronavirus (COVID-19) Notice
Although most refuge lands and outdoor spaces have remained open for the public to enjoy, we ask that you recreate responsibly.

  • Check alerts and local conditions on this website and call ahead for current information. Operations vary based on local public health conditions.
  • Consistent with CDC recommendations, all visitors (age 2 and older), who are fully vaccinated are required to wear a mask inside of federal buildings in areas of substantial or high community transmission.. All visitors who are not fully vaccinated must continue to wear masks indoors and in crowded outdoor spaces.
  • Most importantly, stay home if you feel sick and continue to watch for symptoms of COVID-19 and follow CDC guidance on how to protect yourself and others.


  • BFAL Translocation

    Black-footed albatross move to Oahu

    Albatross Chicks Take 1300 Mile Plane Ride from Midway Atoll to New Home on Oʻahu

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  • Baby aeo

    Baby Ae‘o

    Chicks resemble their eggs with brown and off-white speckles until they obtain feathers similar to the adults.

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  • Coot chick

    Baby ‘Alae ke‘oke‘o

    A face only a mother could love - chicks have black down, except on the head, neck and throat, where the down is reddish-orange.

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  • Moorhen chick

    Baby ‘Alae ‘ula

    Chicks are covered with black down and have a bright red bill.

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What's Happening

Birding Tours Return

January 8, 2022 Birdwatcher

It’s been quite some time, but good things come to those who wait, as the saying goes. Birdwatching tours return to James Campbell National Wildlife Refuge on Saturday, January 8, 2022! For more information about the tours and how to register, please follow the link below. We are excited to once again be able to share insights into Hawaii’s incredible bird life.

Birdwatching Tours

Birding Docents Needed


The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is seeking bird tour docents to lead tours at James Campbell National Wildlife Refuge on the North Shore of Oahu. Preference will be given to people who are available for multiple tours a month, which will occur on Saturdays at 9:00 am from October to February. The Refuge aims to increase tours with increased capacity to conduct tours. Interested persons must be professional, have excellent interpersonal skills, and able to walk 1.5 to 2 miles on grassy, flat ground. Qualified applicants must also have bird identification skills, or can quickly learn bird identification of native and non-native species. If interested, please send resume to Kelly Goodale (Wildlife Biologist) at and Dick May (Lead Docent) at Interested persons can expect to be interviewed by lead docent and/or Refuge staff. If there are any questions, please contact Dick May.

Visiting the Refuge

Use of Drones is Illegal on Refuges

Areas considered ecologically sensitive—including lands within the National Wildlife Refuge System, host to threatened or even endangered species—can be disproportionately affected by drone flights. Thus it is illegal to operate unmanned aircraft on Refuge property without special permits. In addition, if a drone operator stands beyond Refuge boundaries and flies the vehicle over the Refuge, fines can be levied if the drone is observed disturbing wildlife.

Tips for Responsible Drone Use

About the Complex

Oahu Complex

James Campbell National Wildlife Refuge is managed as part of the Oahu 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.

Learn more about the NWRS