There was nothing big going on at Midway lately. Just the usual warm, sunny days. It's been a bit breezy, so a lot of the albatross chicks have fledged, but there are quite a few around. We've been doing are usual weekly checks of albatross plots, red-tailed tropicbird plots, and Laysan duck surveys. While I was over on Eastern Island, I found some pits that a female green sea turtle had dug. These didn't look like actual nests, but just pits to check out the sand. We've only had a few verified nests on Midway so we're always hoping to find more.
I forgot to mention that the coral reef researchers from UCSC (Univ. of California Santa Cruz) came out here while I was gone. Kristin and Anne have been coming out here every summer for a few years now. Kristin has been studying black-lipped pearl oysters. They aren't very comon around here, but she's finding a few. She also does a blog from here that you can check out for a slightly different Midway perspective. Here's the link and a link to their research, too: