You're probably wondering how the government shutdown is affecting us out here. Since this isn't an official USFWS blog and I do it on my own time, I won't go into it too much other than to say that we are officially shut down like all of the other refuges. Since the visitor program and volunteer program were already suspended, at least we didn't have to send anyone home. The three FWS employees on island are still working since we are responsible for the health and safety of the island population. Our duties are somewhat limited at the moment though. The taxiway work can still continue, since that was is a safety issue that started before the shutdown and we're still an emergency airport.
The barge is back again on Midway from a quick turnaround to Hawaii to pick up more materials for the taxiway upgrade.