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In 1979, a small group of government researchers and officials covertly flew to Palmyra on a classified mission to asses the feasibility of storing nuclear material on the atoll. The group encountered difficulties with their aircraft along the way,…

Date: 1979

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In 1987, Dr. James Maragos helped convince the then owners of Palmyra, the Fullard-Leo family, to allow the Army Corps of Engineers to survey Palmyra, for a potential cleanup project to remove materials still left from the Naval occupation during…

Date: 1987

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In 1998, Dr. James Maragos was part of a joint effort by the USFWS and Nature Conservancy to explore Palmyra as a possible nature preserve and adventure tourism site. While there they took a number of photographs of the coral and wildlife.


Date: 1998

Notes on the birds of Palmyra.pdf
This account by ornithologist Dr. Frank Richardson, describes the observed bird species and behaviors during a short visit to Palmyra in 1953. Dr. Richardson was part of a 45 member team, led by investor Richard Kimball, to evaluate Palmyra as a…

Date: 1953

This excerpt comes from a collection of stories put together in 1993, as part of the Scripps Institute's 90th anniversary. Written Gordon Groves, it gives a brief, personal account of his experiences while stationed on Palmyra in 1963, during Gordon…

Date: 1993-10

Several brief excerpts from this report (as highlighted in blue), describe expeditions to Palmyra to study the fly and mosquito populations. These are the only mention of these expeditions we know of, and are also the first scientific confirmation…

Date: 1950-03

Live Bait Fishing.pdf
This report excerpt describes fish caught and conclusion drawn from a 1953 project, to understand the health and size of fish populations in the Central Pacific. Commercial fishing in these regions was tricky at the time, because of ongoing reports…

Date: 1953-07

Photos have been take from arguably the first dedicated scientific study of Palmyra, focusing on its plant and bird life.

Excerpt from the document's preface:

"The following pages are the result of a more or less thorough investigation…

Date: 1916-04-10

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Starting in February of 1992, a team of US Fish and Wildlife scientists visited Palmyra. The summary report describes the purpose of the visit as follows:

"Our goal was to characterize the terrestrial biota of the atoll in terms of species…

Date: 1992-02-18

bradner_seismic_summer excerpt.pdf
While traveling with the crew of the Dwyn Wen in 1963, as part of the Scripps Institutes study of seafloor seismology, Marge Bradner recorded her experiences of the voyage and the islands they visited.

This detailed and fascinating excerpt…

Date: 1963

As part of the Pacific Ocean Biological Survey Program, Research Curator Max Thompson spent 3 days on Palmyra in March of 1967, cataloguing birds with other project members.

This excerpt from his field journals described the activities and various…

Date: 1967-03

This photo shows noted botanist E. Yale Dawson studying samples on the Palmyra Atoll in 1958. This work would become the extensive published report, "Changes in Palmyra Atoll and its Vegetation through the Activities of Man". This work is perhaps the…

Date: 1967

This excerpt comes from the field notes of researcher Robert Standen, who was part of the Pacific Ocean Biological Survey Program, created by the Smithsonian. For several days during September of 1964, Standen worked on Palmyra to catalogue bird…

Date: 1964-09

This 30 minute documentary showcases the Waves Across the Pacific project. The brainchild of famed scientist Walter Munk, this series of oceanic observations proved waves could start anywhere on the planet, and travel thousands of miles, often…

Date: 1964

RU 245 Box 59 Folder 2 Envelope 1 SIC 18   007.pdf
This journal, from the Smithsonian archives, tracks bird identification bands attached to several Sooty Terns on Palmyra in 1967, as part of the 1967 Pacific Ocean Biological Survey Program. Included are the band numbers, number of birds, and…

Date: 1967-03-16

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Photographs taken over several visits to Palmyra, from 1964 to 1966, during the Pacific Ocean Biological Survey Program. Palmyra was primarily visited by the teams to study its bird population, but as you can see from the photos, specimens of crabs…

Date: 1964/1966

This newspaper account comes from a letter, presumably written by a crew member of the USS Portsmouth while on their surveying mission. It describes several details not mentioned other places, and is one of the earliest recordings of certain bird…

Date: 1874-04-02

This jar from the Bishop Museum's specimen collection dates to the early 1900s, and contains 3 Palmyra coconut crabs donated at various times between 1904 and 1924.

Our suspicion is the crabs came to Hawaii from Captain Weisbarth in 1904, Judge…

Date: 1924

Pacific Bird Observer-07-1967.pdf
This 1967 article was written for the Pacific Bird Observer,published in the late 1960s by the Smithsonian Institute as:"...anewsletter distributed to collaborators of the Pacific Ocean Biological Survey Program of the Smithsonian Institution in…

Date: 1967-07

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