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Features

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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

Seeking Community Group Member

NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are seeking a volunteer to serve as the Commercial Fishing Representative of the Community Group for the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument.

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Johnston Atoll NWR: A Reinstated Seabird Paradise After Successful Yellow Crazy Ant Eradication

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Following a long decade of combating a menacing invader detrimental to seabird colonies, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has achieved another invasive species success - the eradication of yellow crazy ants (YCA) from Johnston Atoll National Wildlife Refuge.

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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

Community Group

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and NOAA Fisheries Pacific Marine National Monuments Program have partnered with the Udall Foundation to recruit and select Community Group members to seek input on the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument (PRIMNM). The PRIMNM Community Group will provide input to the agencies on the management, proper care, and effective stewardship of the Monument.

Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument Community Group
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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Featured Stories

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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