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Welcome to our new Friends of Midway Atoll (FOMA) newsletter, a way for you to stay up-to-date about the work being done, and the people who are doing it, on the Refuge and within the larger Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument. Thanks to your gracious donations and memberships, this is one of the many new communication projects FOMA is able to fund so you can stay connected to one of the most extraordinary places on earth.
Logo Credit: NOAA
You Are Invited! Please join us at the 80th Anniversary of the Battle of Midway Ceremony on Tuesday, June 7, 2022 at 9:00 a.m. at the National Cemetery of the Pacific in Honolulu, Hawai’i. Email FOMA at with your contact information if interested in attending. More details will follow! 
Wisdom's 2011 Hatch Year Chick. Photo Credit: Daniel Rapp

Wisdom’s Lineage Prevails! While it is true that Wisdom (the world’s oldest known wild banded bird) has not been sighted recently, her chick from 2011, identified by the leg band number N333, has been sighted raising a chick of his own!
Photo Credit: Daniel Rapp

A Historic Symbol Damaged by a Recent StormOn January 14, 2022, a powerful storm dropped an inch of rain on Midway Atoll in only 30 minutes. The weight of that water, combined with the storm's 40 knot winds, caused the historic 81-year-old seaplane hangar to partially collapse.
Refuge Manager Rob Shallenberger and a Manu-o-Kū on Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge.

Have you ever wondered how the Friends Of Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge came to be? You might be surprised to learn that it was largely the result of a serendipitous gathering of refuge visitors. 
Tristram’s storm petrel on Nihoa Island. Photo Credit: USFWS/Beth Flint
Akihikeʻehiʻale (Tristram’s storm petrels) are coming back to Pihemanu (Midway Atoll).  Akihikeʻehiʻale (Tristram's storm petrels) are one of the most elusive birds that nest within Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument. From the early 1940’s to 1996, rats exterminated this species on Midway, but they have now returned to nest in the safety net of Pihemanu.  You don’t want to miss the video in the blog
A Laysan albatross, while protecting its chick, is wounded by mice chewing on the back of its head and neck on February 4, 2016. Photo Credit: USFWS

The Midway Seabird Protection Project is postponed until 2023! Unfortunately, due to COVID in 2021 and now into 2022, supply and demand issues are preventing the acquisition of critical supplies to move ahead this year with a major U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Island Conservation project to rid Midway Atoll of house mice. Learn more about the details of this monumental project here.
Sand (background) and Eastern Islands 1941. Photo Credit: National Archives  
A new FOMA documentary captures what happened on Midway Atoll on December 7, 1941! View first-hand accounts from 100-year-old Marine Corp Colonel John Miniclier and Navy Ensign George Levin diary entries read by his son, Bill Levin. These stories and more unveil what happened on Midway during the night hours of December 7th in 1941. Check-out the full story, here!
An Infamous Day: 80th Anniversary of the Attacks on Pearl Harbor and Midway Atoll. Directed by Jon Brack this production was made possible through your contributions to the Friends of Midway Atoll.
1942 albatross sketches by Ensign George Levin. 

Sharing the love for Midway! In 1942 George Levin shared his albatross sketches with his friend Frank Dunlap on Midway. Discover how their children connected 80 years later!
Eldridge Naboa on Nihoa Island within Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument.
E komo mai (welcome) onboard the new Deputy Wildlife Refuge Manager for Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge!  Eldridge Naboa brings a deep sense of aloha to his knowledge and management abilities. Check-out his biography.  


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