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.


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    Brown Booby

    The brown booby makes dramatic sky dives to catch parrot fish, mullet and flatfish foraging 30 to 50 feet below the ocean surface.

    Brown Booby

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    Masked Booby

    While rarely sighted in North America an average of 30 pairs a year nest on Palmyra Atoll.

    Masked Booby

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    Red-footed Booby

    This booby's next meal is completely dependent upon the existence of schools of tuna that push prey fish near the surface of the ocean.

What's New

Palmyra Atoll Volunteer Opportunity


The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is recruiting four volunteers available from approximately January 5th to May 30th, 2022, to participate in an invasive plant species control project at Palmyra Atoll National Wildlife Refuge. See link for the full announcement.

Palmyra Atoll Volunteer Announcement

Marine Predators and Coral Reef Growth

Marine Predators and Coral Reef Growth

Researchers from Imperial College of London and University of California Santa Barbara study the vital role of marine predators in supplying nutrients to coral reef ecology working in the waters around Palmyra Atoll NWR

UCSB Study

News From the Refuge

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Check out the latest updates and happenings from around the Refuge


The Marvelous Musical Report!

Starring a business man, giant clams, a young child, hydro-thermal vents, seabirds by the millions, sharks by the tens, ridiculously colored fish and coral, coconut crabs that climb trees and last but not least a baby! A not-to-be missed musical environmental and cultural assessment featuring the Papahānaumokuākea, the Rose Atoll, the Pacific Remote Islands and the Marianas Trench Marine National Monuments.

Check it Out!
Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument

Protecting Islands and our Pacific Ocean

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Palmyra Atoll National Wildlife Refuge and six other 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 the largest marine conservation areas in the world. These refuges host terrestrial and marine life in numbers and unique and specialized life forms beyond our imagination and they provide 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.

Learn More

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Marine Monuments Program

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Palmyra Atoll National Wildlife Refuge is managed by the Fish & Wildlife Service in the Marine Monuments Program of the Pacific Islands Refuges and Monuments Office (PIRAMO). For more information contact: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service/Palmyra Atoll National Wildlife Refuge, Box 50167, Honolulu, HI 96850 808-792-9540.

Marine Monuments and Wildlife Refuges of the Central Pacific Ocean

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.

Learn more about the NWRS