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    Midway 75 Commemoration

    On June 5, 2017 we commemorated the 75th Anniversary of the Battle of Midway. Learn more at midway75.org

    Battle of Midway Commemoration Film

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    Wisdom Prevails!

    The world's oldest known wild bird at 66+ years will celebrate another band-iversary on December 10, 2017. Follow her story as it unfolds!

    Follow Wisdom's Family

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    Honoring Those Who Served

    Wearing the same helmet he wore on June 4, 1942 Colonel John Minicler is honored at the Battle of Midway National Memorial on June 4, 2012.

    Remembering the Battle of Midway

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    Native Plants!

    Nai de Garcia assures a diversity of native plants survive from seed to field to help nature reestablish Midway's native seed bank.

Ensuring Midway's Historic and Wildlife Legacy

Anxiously Awaiting the Return of Wisdom

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Wisdom, the world’s oldest known wild bird is out to sea after hatching and caring for another successful chick. We are hoping she will once again make her appearance in late November, just in time for Thanksgiving at Midway Atoll National Refuge and Battle of Midway National Memorial. Photo credit: Naomi Blinick/USFWS Volunteer

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Exploring the depths of Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument and monumental above water wildlife and habitat management activities being conducted by a small team of Fish and Wildlife volunteers and contractors. See what's the latest from Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge!

Recent News

Our Partners in Conservation


Check-out the latest from our non-feathered Friends of Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge/Battle of Midway National Memorial!

Friends of Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge

Honoring Midway's Cultural and Natural Heritage

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Pihemanu is a Hawaiian word for "loud din of birds" and Kuaihelani means "back bone of heaven." Both are place names for Midway Atoll within Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument. The Monument's intrinsic cultural values assured it was inscribed as a World Heritage Site for both its cultural and natural heritage. The four designated trustees of the Monument will continue this voyage together to protect one of the largest protected areas on earth.

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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.

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Refuge Closure

Refuge Closure

Please be advised that Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge and Battle of Midway National Memorial is currently closed to public visitation. Only activities that directly support airfield operations and conservation management of the Refuge/Memorial and the Monument are allowed. However, we encourage you to virtually visit the Refuge by exploring the options below.

Visiting the Refuge

Refuge Virtual Visitation

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Virtual online experiences and resources can help one visit Midway's spectacular resources. Click the link below for more information.

Ways to Virtually Visit the Refuge

Contractors and Agency Partners

Administrative Fee Schedule

Schedule of Fees for Services Rendered for Contractors and Agency Partners

Administrative 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.

Learn more about the NWRS