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  • Wisdom Nesting with Mate 11.21.2015

    Wisdom Prevails!

    The world's oldest known bird in the wild at 65+ years old returned to Midway November 2015. Kūkini hatched February 1, 2016.

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  • Coast Guard 74th Anniversary

    74th Anniversary Battle of Midway

    U.S. Coast Guard and Fish and Wildlife Service commemorate the Battle of Midway on June 4, 2016 at the battle's command post, Midway Atoll.

    Remembering the Battle of Midway

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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

  • Monument

    They Had no Right to Win....

    The IMMF/Kelly Ensign Memorial on Midway Atoll commemorates the courageous men that halted one of the most powerful naval forces in history.

    Remembering the Battle of Midway

  • Midway Aerial and Dive Bombers

    Remembering the Battle of Midway

    Men that never returned home and the courageous bravery of those who survived are remembered at the Battle of Midway National Memorial.

    Remembering the Battle of Midway

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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What's New on Midway Atoll!

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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 cadre of Fish and Wildlife volunteers and contractors. See what's the latest from Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge! Photo by: Amy Olliffe

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Visiting the Refuge

Refuge Virtual Visitation

Midway operational capacity to support wildlife conservation projects including visitor services operations has been reduced. We hope future resources and operational changes will help support opportunities the Fish and Wildlife staff once hosted on behalf of wildlife and people. In the meantime, virtual online experiences and resources can help one visit Midway's spectacular resources through Google Streetview! virtual_visits.html and click the link for Midway atoll. Click the link below for an online self-guided historical tour of Sand Island.

Sand Island Historical Tour

Contractors and Agency Partners

Administrative Fee Schedule

February 12, 2016

Schedule of Fees for Services Rendered for Contractors and Agency Partners

Midway 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's Chick Prevails!

    Kukini 5 months

    Kukini is 5 months old! Wisdom's chick still has a Mohawk of downy feathers but is rapidly approaching fledging age. Wisdom and Akeakamai spend minimal time on Midway Atoll Refuge now that the chick is maturing but have been dutiful in taking turns to feed their offspring. Photo Credit: Yuki Takahashi/USFWS

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  • Mālama Honua

    Voyage of Wisdom

    Hōkūle'a a Polynesian voyaging canoe crafted from ancient design, set sail from Hawai'i to Mālama Honua (to care for Island Earth) on a world-wide voyage in 2013. Famed explorer Dr. Sylvia Earle speaks of the significance of this voyage through a bird she met on Midway Atoll. Check-out the Voyage of Wisdom: Mālama Honua and e komo mai (welcome) Hōkūle’a when she arrives on the east coast of the U.S. this summer! For updated sail plan visit: Photo Copyright 'Oiwi TV/Kealeleo Wong

    Voyage of Wisdom
  • Ann Humphrey - National Wildlife Refuge Volunteer of the year

    Ann Humphrey

    A heartfelt congratulations goes out to our own Ann Humphrey. She was recently recognized by the National Refuge Association as Volunteer of the Year. She has received the Award in recognition of her unwavering support for Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge in Papahanaumokuakea. Because of its remote location, volunteering at Midway requires a move to the island for the entire volunteer service tour. Since 2007, Ms.Humphrey has completed four service tours of various lengths. Under her direction, the refuge created a Refuge Biological Program volunteer corps to recruit and train stewards for Midway who grow to be technically savvy and make significant contributions to the refuge’s mission.

    Volunteer of the Year
  • Honoring Midway Atoll's Cultural and Natural Heritage

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    Pihemanu (Hawaiian place name for Midway meaning "loud din of birds") is within Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument and World Heritage Site of extraordinary natural and cultural significance. This year marks the 10th Anniversary of the Monument designation as well as the 5th Anniversary of the World Heritage inscription, both critical actions and choices the American public has made to protect nature and culture as one.

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Last Updated: Jun 06, 2016
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