John Fleming

New Battle of Midway pits military history against wildlife

New Battle of Midway pits military history against wildlife

The Battle of Midway was a major turning point in World War II's Pacific theater. The remote atoll where thousands died is now a fragile sanctuary for millions of seabirds, and a new battle is pitting preservation of its vaunted military history against the protection of its wildlife.

Halfway between the United States and Asia, Midway's three islets are surrounded by vibrant coral reefs and are home to the biggest colony of Laysan albatrosses on Earth. The large, white and black seabirds pair off and mate for life, nesting and raising their young on Midway.

President Obama recently traveled here to announce the expansion of the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument, now...

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