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Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge
Copyright: - US Fish and Wildlife Service
Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge
Description - Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) consists of about 88,548 acres of submerged land and three flat coral islands of about 1,550 acres. A U.S. possession made famous by its role in a pivotal battle in World War II, it is the only atoll in the Hawaiian Islands chain not within the State of Hawaii.

After 93 years of U.S. Navy administration, Midway Atoll was transferred to the Service on October 31, 1996. As part of the Base Closure and Realignment process, the Navy completed its environmental cleanup and pulled out of Midway in June 1997.

Today the refuge provides habitat for nesting and roosting seabirds (over two million seabirds of 15 species), wintering shorebirds and diverse marine animals, including endangered Hawaiian monk seals, threatened green sea turtles, and Hawaiian spinner dolphins. Midway has the world's largest Laysan albatross colony and the largest colonies of red-tailed tropic birds, black noddies and white terns in the Hawaiian Archipelago. Two individuals of the internationally endangered short-tailed albatross visit the atoll during the breeding season. The refuge also supports ongoing scientific and participatory research by the Fish and Wildlife Service and other organizations such as the Oceanic Society.

Recreation - For the first time in more than 50 years, this spectacular site is open to the public through a unique public/private partnership between the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Midway Phoenix Corporation (MPC). Visitors may come to enjoy the wildlife, to dive in blue Pacific waters, to catch and release fish, learn about natural and military history or to relax on the beaches. Seabird and dolphin studies are available for interested visitors, as well as restoration of natural habitat and protection of historical sites.

Climate - The climate of this Pacific Island is sunny, hot and dry throughout the year. Winter months are somewhat cooler. Light comfortable clothing and walking shoes are appropriate for all seasons. Sunscreen and hats with visors are recommended for skin protection.

Location - Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) lies in the north central Pacific Ocean about 1,150 miles northwest of Honolulu near the end of the Hawaiian Archipelago.

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Contact Information:
Midway Atoll NWR, P.O. Box 660099 Midway Station, Annex 4 , Lihue, HI, 96766-0099, Phone: 808-599-5888
, midwayrf@gte.net

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