satellite view from PMNM
E komo mai; welcome! Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge is surrounded by a lei of foam in the middle of the North Pacific; it's a beautiful, special place.

Not only are there albatross on Midway, but many other interesting kinds of wildlife, both on the land and in the sea. Please enjoy exploring FOAM, an educational blog actively done while on Midway from May through August 2010. Posts are added from off-Midway, as information becomes available. If you're interested in a particular topic, please use the search box or the alphabetical list of "labels" along the left side of the blog page.

Midway Map

Midway Map
This map was modified from one created by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.  It shows Sand Island, the largest of the 3 islands in Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge.  Barb Mayer added the designations for these study areas: marine debris (in blue*), albatross (green; both Laysan and Black-footed Albatross), Red-tailed Tropicbird (red)...

,,,and Laysan Duck wetland study areas, called "seeps" (represented by S).  But I forgot that not all of the wetland areas are seeps; some of them are true ponds (like #12, Brackish Pond), or even just low asphalt areas (like #14, called "Tarmac") where water collects during stormy weather.  To show wetland areas on the map, instead of an "S," I should have used a "W."  The true seeps are S#1, 3, 4, 8, 9, 10 16, 17, 18, 19 and 20.   If you want to find out what a "seep" is, read FOAM's "Laysan Duck Trans-location to Midway. "

*There is one marine debris study area on Eastern Island.  Neither Eastern nor the smallest Spit Island, have any buildings.