We had another big newsworthy event this week. Our Short-tailed albatross chick fledged. This was only the second time one has been raised outside of Japan in recorded history, so we're glad that our rare pair of albatrosses were successful at raising another chick. Here's a link to the news release and a couple of photos and videos that John Klavitter took. http://www.fws.gov/midway/whatsnew.html
We're just about back to normal after the 70th Battle of Midway Commemoration. All of our extra visitors and volunteers have gone back home. Thanks to everyone who came to make it a great event, especially Col. John F. Miniclier and Sgt. Ed Fox. Thanks to Dallas Nagata White for passing along a link to her photos and writeup of her visit that day. It's very good and worth taking the time to see her great photos. http://dallasnagata.com/2012/06/midway-70th/
One interesting project going on here right now is a Google project. They've been taking a lot of photos so soon you'll be able to get a street view on Google maps and be able to see our historic sites. Even Eastern and Spit Islands will be online. I'll let you know when I hear that the project is done.
Admiral Cecil Haney visits with Col. Miniclier at the Canon Memorial. Col. Miniclier is wearing the helmet he wore during the Battle of Midway, which he left with us for our Visitor Center.
Col. Miniclier tells the story of being in the tower as the Japanese planes attacked (see last week's post).