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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  • 2019 Wisdom Rotator

    Wisdom has a new chick!

    The world's oldest known wild bird at 68+ hatched yet another chick!

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  • Midway Aerial and Dive Bombers

    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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    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

Battle of Midway 79th Anniversary Commemoration Ceremony

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Join us in a virtual ceremony commemorating the 79th anniversary of the Battle of Midway and honoring the valor, dedication, and sacrifice of those who fought in the battle. The American victory at the Battle of Midway was the turning point of the war in the Pacific, and is considered one of the most important naval battles in U.S. history.


Seabird Protection Project

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Midway is famous for its seabirds, including the most famous bird in the world, Wisdom the albatross. Explore the plan to protect Midwayʻs seabirds and address one of the main threats to them.

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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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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

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

Midway Atoll NWR 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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