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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. 
A curious Manu-o-Kū (White Tern) poses for a photo op on top of the new Refuge Manager, Pam Repp.
 Photo by USFWS.

Meet Pamela Repp, the new Refuge Manager for Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge and the Battle of Midway National Memorial, within the 
greater Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument!
Wisdom cares for her newly hatched chick, Midway, January 2021. Photo by Jon Brack. 

One Tough Old Bird: Wisdom Returns!
The world’s oldest known wild bird of 70+ years soared home again from her oceanic odyssey. Wisdom arrived at her nest site, joining mate Akeakamai for the business of breeding. Read about their homecoming here
Wieteke Holthuijzen (right) and co-author Kaylee Rosenberger (left) identify arthropods captured
on Midway. Photo by Christy Wails.

All in for Albatross – 
Cutting-Edge Research About Midway's Predatory Mice!  

Peek inside a lab to see the ongoing scientific process by FOMA Board member Wieteke Holthuijzen that will help inform Refuge management decisions. 
An endangered Short-tailed Albatross sits among the painted decoys. Photo by Wayne Sentman.

FOMA President Wayne Sentman recalls one of the first documented mating dances of endangered Short-tailed Albatross on Midway.
Today a nesting pair of magnificent "Golden Gooneys" – once the most numerous seabird in the North Pacific – are an anticipated annual occurrence. Learn how many individuals contributed over two decades to encourage these amazing birds to ultimately
nest on Midway Atoll. 
Jon Brack stands near a World War II pill box on the south side of Sand Island, rotating his camera lens to capture a 360° perspective of Midway Atoll.

Jon Brack, a 2020/2021 Midway
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Volunteer, photographer and writer for FOMA's Facebook page, brought timely views and updates about Midway to members and friends. Visit the highlights of his Kauihelani / Pihemanu / Midway collection. Thank you Jon, your work and passion are extraordinary.
The Friends of Midway Atoll held their September 2021 board meeting with participants Zooming in from Sweden, across the U.S., Midway Atoll, and Australia!
Absent from photo: FOMA Vice President, Helen Dunlap. Photo by Ann Bell.

We have doubled and improved our capacity;
join us as we voyage ahead into 2022!

Get to know your passionate crew members
working to better support you and Midway Atoll, here.


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Friends of Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit.

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