The NOAA ship Oscar Elton Sette came by for a few hours on 8/12 to drop off several invasive plant, monk seal, and turtle researchers from French Frigate Shoals and Kure. I was impressed to learn that the turtle researchers observed over 800 nesting green turtles this year, which is a record! They were here for several days before the next plane on 8/18, so they volunteered with FWS and were a great infusion of young (mostly female) people to the island!
The albatross fledglings are almost gone - I think I've only seen a couple in the last few days, so the island's pretty empty during the day. However, at sunset, thousands of Bonin petrels fly in to rest in their burrows. They're very disoriented by light, so they make walking, biking, and driving at night dangerous and often fly into lit windows.
In the few days we've been able to work on the reef in the last week or so, we've observed the first confirmed observation of a hawksbill sea turtle in many years (we're not sure when the last one was!) and documented a small algae bloom. Since the first monotypic (1 species) algae bloom documented at Midway was in 2008 (my first scientific publication in a journal!), this is very interesting and we'll be watching it closely. It's particularly interesting because this seems to be a different species that is known for being invasive, although it is native, and smothering coral and other algae in seasonal blooms off Maui.