Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge

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Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge

Address:PO Box 50167
Honolulu, HI 96850

Phone:808-674-8237
Web: www.fws.gov/midway
Established: In 1988 Midway became a NWR, subject to the U.S. Navy. In 1996, after the navy closed the facility, custody and accountability transferred to the Department of the Interior.
Location:North-central Pacific Ocean, about 1,150 miles northwest of Honolulu.
Facilities:Visitor contact station, viewing sites, hiking trail, historic features.
Activities:Boaitng, fishing, hiking, educational programs.
Special Features:One of the most remote coral atolls in the world, Miday also has a fascinating history. It was the last link in a global telegraph system, inaugurated by a message from President Teddy Roosevelt on the fourth of July 1903; served as a landing site for Pan Am Clippers enroute across the Pacific Ocean in the late 1930s; and was the focus of a 1942 battle that changed the tide of war in the Pacific.
Habitats: 296,819 acres of ocean and three flat coral islands totaling about 1,549 acres.
Access: Because of Midway Atoll's remote location in the middle of the north Pacific Ocean, it can only be accessed by air or sea under a special-use permit system. Permits may be obtained by contacting the Midway Phoenix Corp.
Wild life: Laysan albatross, red-tailed noddies, white terns, also Hawaiian monk seals (endangered), green sea turtles (threatened), and Hawaiian spinner dolphins.

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My WSO, the other two aircrew, and I, spent the next 11 days on Midway Atoll.
Midway Atoll is no longer valued as a geopolitical vantage point, nor celebrated as a drawcard for eco-tourists.
The authors spent over a year researching all harbors in the inhabited Hawaiian islands including Midway atoll, so their CRUISING GUIDE TO THE HAWAIIAN ISLANDS comes from personal experience, not nautical charts and travel guides.
Weiss and Usha Lee McFarling of the Los Angeles Times took the environmental reporting award for a five-part investigation, "Altered Oceans," which looked at "far-flung, yet alarming phenomena such as virulent rashes suffered by fishermen in Australia, brain-damaged sea lions washing up onto California's coast, red tides sickening beachgoers in Florida and the deaths of 200,000 albatross chicks on Midway Atoll.
Vagrants have been recorded as far as the Adriatic Sea in Europe (Warham, 1990) and, more amazingly, Sand Island, Midway Atoll in the Pacific Ocean (Seto et al 1996).
The year-long Aleutians Campaign began in June 1942 as a diversionary measure by the Japanese to focus American attention away from their main operation, the invasion of Midway Atoll.
Midway Dolphin Research, Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge.
Inhabited by humans for less than a century, Midway Atoll dominated the world news for a brief time in the early summer of 1942.
The runway is on Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge, where millions of seabirds come to nest.
Once nearly inaccessible, amazing Midway Atoll now shares its splendors
I was fortunate to visit Midway Atoll a year ago, and experience firsthand the nesting of albatrosses and other birds there.