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  • Wisdom Nesting with Mate 11.21.2015

    Wisdom Prevails!

    The world's oldest known wild banded bird at 66+ years old returned to Midway December 3,2016. Follow her incredible 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

  • Native Plants Come Home

    Native Plants are Coming Home!

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

    Field Report May - July 2016

Battle of MidwayNational Memorial

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. Cause for this closure continues to be an insufficient budget and it is necessary in order to maintain a stable staffing capacity to protect resources and historic infrastructure. Only activities that directly support airfield operations and conservation management of the Refuge/Memorial and the Monument are allowed.

Midway Atoll NWR Closure

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

May 01, 2017

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.

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Ensuring Midway's Historic and Wildlife Legacy

  • Wisdom Hatches Another Chick!

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    Wisdom, the world’s oldest known wild bird is a mom again! The Laysan albatross successfully hatched her newest chick at Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge and Battle of Midway National Memorial. Photo credit: Naomi Blinick/USFWS Volunteer

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  • Check it out!

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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!

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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. This year marks the 10th Anniversary of the establishment of the Monument, the 5th Anniversary of its World Heritage inscription, and on August 26, 2016 the former designated trustees of the Monument along with Office of Hawaiian Affairs will continue this voyage together as protection begins for what is now the world's largest marine conservation area.

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Last Updated: Jan 19, 2017
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