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The New Battle on the Midway Atoll

July 1, 2010

Airplane from the battle of Midway

An American Douglas SBD Dauntless dive bomber. Photo by the author's Dad, who was a total plane nut.

The Midway Atoll (also known as the Midway Islands) are most famous for the Battle of Midway, a decisive US victory in the Pacific theater during WWII.  Now it is home to a different kind of battle — the fight to protect seabird chicks from death by plastic brought in by their parents from the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.

Friend/neighbor/fellow animal lover Gina shares her recent article ‘Wisdom’ Returns to the Midway Atoll on the fragile ecosystem of the Midway Atoll and the threat plastic junk poses to its seabirds.

Gina is a talented writer and nature photographer; most of the images in the article are from her recent trip to the Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge and Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument.  For more of Gina’s beautiful images, visit her whalegeek profile on RedBubble.  Thanks Gina!

For more information on how you can help stop plastic pollution, visit

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