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    Blue noddies

    A small, delicate tern, is distinctive due to its pale plumage, with an all-grey head and upperparts and even paler white-grey underparts.

    Blue Noddy

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    Masked boobies

    Largest of the boobies, adults are white with dark brown or black flight and tail feathers. Bill is yellow and feet are yellowish gray.

    Masked Booby

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    Red-footed boobies

    Red-footed boobies are the smallest of all boobies. Their legs and feet are red and the bill is pale blue.

    Red-footed Booby

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    Sooty terns

    The wings are long and narrow and the tail is deeply forked with white edged outer feathers. A black stripe runs through eye to bill.

    Sooty Tern

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    White terns

    The entire body is white with a black eye-ring creating the appearance of large eyes. The thick bill is mostly black with blue at the base.

    White Tern

Protecting the Pacific's Natural and Cultural Heritage

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“Health to the ocean means health for us,” oceanographer and explorer Sylvia Earle has said. The ocean covers almost three-quarters of Earth’s surface and contains about 97 percent of the planet’s water. The ocean is home to an almost otherworldly array of rainbow-colored fish, exotic plants, large-winged seabirds, powerful marine mammals, living corals and vital microorganisms. We are just beginning to understand how those ocean creatures are interconnected with one another and with us. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is partnering with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, state and territorial governments and others to conserve the ocean and remote islands and atolls in it. The two federal agencies cooperatively manage four marine national monuments in the Pacific Ocean and one in the Atlantic. Earle has called the marine national monuments “hope spots” for ocean health.

Hope Spots

New Videos Highlighting Our Amazing Monuments

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New videos highlight that our Monuments are so much more than "just water" and Fish and Wildlife crew leader Kevin Donmeyer captures predators with his GoPro while snorkeling at Johnston Atoll National Wildlife Refuge.

Video Highlights

Habitat Restoration on Johnston!

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The 14th Crazy Ant Strike Team has taken the reins in the effort to incorporate habitat restoration activities into the regular work schedule on Johnston Atoll.

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Google Street View Goes Underwater!

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Catlin Seaview Survey crew used specialized equipment to capture thousands of panoramas of the coral reef that were stitched together using Google's famous Street View mapping technology. The results are three-dimensional slices of individual reefs, allowing one to virtually dive around at leisure. The virtual dive begins inside the protected lagoon of Rose Atoll National Wildlife Refuge and moves through the channel on the ocean side of the reef crest, part of the National Marine Sanctuary of American Samoa.

Interactive Virtual Dive
A Marine National Monument

Protecting a Monumental Area of the Pacific Ocean

Seven national wildlife refuges are seemingly just dots near the equator of the Pacific Ocean, but upon a closer look these islands, reefs, and atolls are at the epicenter of Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument, one of largest marine conservation areas in the world. This monument sustains terrestrial and marine life in numbers and unique and specialized life forms beyond our imagination. It is a safe haven for millions of birds and marine life that swarm to shallow areas and islands to rest, to feed, to mate, and to give life to their off-spring. The Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument falls within the Central Pacific Ocean, ranging from Wake Atoll in the northwest to Jarvis Island in the southeast.

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Johnston Atoll National Wildlife Refuge

8-month Volunteer Positions at Johnston Atoll

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Tenacious, driven, and fun personalities thrown in with some glue and grit, characterize the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Crazy Ant Strike Team (CAST) crews since 2010. Previously, millions of Yellow Crazy Ants had completely displaced ground nesting bird populations and were impacting the largest nesting red-tailed tropic bird colony in the world. The CAST goals are of complete eradication of Yellow Crazy Ants that have been reduced, with back-to-back strike team effort, by over 90%. For more information check out the link below!

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Colonists of the Pacific

Hui Panala‘au: Hawaiian Colonists in the Pacific

Colonizing the islands was a harrowing experience that claimed the lives of three young men: Carl Kahalewai who died of appendicitis in 1938, and Joseph Keliihananui and Richard “Dickey” Whaley who were killed during an attack on the island on December 8, 1941.

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About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System

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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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