Shutdown Notice
Due to the lapse in federal appropriations, this website will not be updated until further notice. Where public access to refuge lands does not require the presence of a federal employee or contractor, activities on refuge lands will be allowed to continue on the same terms as before the appropriations lapse. Any entry onto Refuge System property during this period of federal government shutdown is at the visitor's sole risk. Please read this important updated message about the closure of National Wildlife Refuge System facilities during the shutdown, and refer to alerts posted on individual refuge websites for the status of visitor facilities and previously scheduled events that may still occur during the shutdown.

For more information, please visit the Department of Interior webpage at


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    Midway 75 Commemoration

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

    Battle of Midway Commemoration Film

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    Wisdom Prevails!

    The world's oldest known wild bird at 67+ hatched yet another chick! Follow her story as it unfolds!

    Follow Wisdom's Family

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    Honoring Those Who Served

    Colonel John F. Miniclier and Sergeant Edgar R Fox being honored at during the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Midway on June 5, 2017.

    Remembering the Battle of Midway

  • Native Plants Come Home

    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

Opportunities on the Refuge

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The Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge and Battle of Midway National Memorial is accepting applications. Click on the link to learn more.

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Wisdom has done it AGAIN!

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At 67, Wisdom, the world’s oldest known breeding bird in the wild, is a mother once more! In early February, approximately two months after Wisdom began incubating her egg, Wisdom and her mate Akeakamai welcomed their newest chick to Midway Atoll! Photo credit: Naomi Blinick/USFWS Volunteer

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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

Henderson Field 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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