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  • Barbara Hysell Monarch Butterfly

    The Journey North has Begun

    Monarchs have begun their journey north. The leading edge has reached Texas. Over the next six weeks monarchs will race north.

    Report your sightings to Journey North

  • Visitor Services Staff and Intern


    Looking for a summer internship? Join the Visitor Services or Applied Sciences staff for the summer.

    2016 Summer Internships

  • Common loon with chicks on its back by Dan Irizarry

    Seney National Wildlife Refuge

    This three-minute introduction to the refuge contains footage from the Seney Natural History Association film, "The Wonder of Nature.”

    Introduction to Seney National Wildlife Refuge

  • Yellow-rumped Warbler

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  • Youth in the Outdoors - Stream Safari

    Seney Natural History Association

    The Seney Natural History Association is the non-profit group that helps the refuge put on special events, hire interns, and much more!

    Seney Natural History Association

Whitefish Point Unit

Whitefish Point Unit

Snowy Owl eating Grebe by Sara D'Angelo

The Whitefish Point Unit (53 acres) of Seney National Wildlife Refuge is located about 11 miles north of Paradise, Michigan. The unit is a stop-over for birds migrating to and from Canada.

Whitefish Point Unit

About the Complex

Seney National Wildlife Refuge

Complex Graphic

Seney National Wildlife Refuge also manages the Huron, Harbor Island, Michigan Islands National Wildlife Refuges and the Kirtland's Warbler Wildlife Management Area.

Seney is managed as part of the Seney National Wildlife Refuge.

Learn more about the complex 

About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System


The National Wildlife Refuge System, within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, manages a national network of lands and waters set aside to conserve America’s fish, wildlife, and plants.

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  • Seney National Wildlife Refuge is Seeking Public Comments on a Commercial Recording Compatibility Determination

    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is seeking comments from the public on a draft Compatibility Determination for Commercial Filming (photography, videography, filming, and audio recording) at Seney National Wildlife Refuge. Written comments will be accepted through May 1st, 2016. A Compatibility Determination is a written determination signed and dated by the Refuge Manager and Regional Refuge Chief, signifying whether a proposed or existing use of a National Wildlife Refuge is, or is not, a compatible use. Compatible uses do not materially interfere with or detract from fulfillment of the National Wildlife Refuge System mission or the purposes of the National Wildlife Refuge. Compatibility determinations for each “Use” of a National Wildlife Refuge are reevaluated every 10-15 years. If found compatible, commercial recording will be authorized within designated times and areas of Seney National Wildlife Refuge. Copies of the draft Compatibility Determination are available for download below or at the office (906) 586-9851 x10. Written comments will be accepted through May 1st, 2016. Please send comments to Sara Giles, Seney National Wildlife Refuge, 1674 Refuge Entrance Road, Seney, MI 49883 or email comments to:

    Download the Draft Compatibility Determination for Commercial Filming.
  • Youth Conservation Corps Crew Member Positions

    YCC Loading Gravel

    Are you a young man or woman age 15 to 18? Do you have a love for the outdoors? Are you a hard worker willing to work outdoors in a variety of conditions doing manual labor? Are you interested in exploring a career in conservation and wildlife management? Then the Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) is for you! YCC is a well-balanced work-learn-earn program that develops an understanding and appreciation in participating youth of the Nation’s environment and heritage. YCC offers gainful summer employment to youth in a healthful outdoor atmosphere. Apply by April 15th, 2016.

    Youth Conservation Corps
  • Ongoing Studies at Seney National Wildlife Refuge

    Common Tern Survey 2014December 07, 2015

    Learn more about the ongoing studies at Seney, including cooperative projects on forest ecology and management, disturbance ecology, colonial waterbird population dynamics, peer-reviewed published papers, etc. Pictured: common tern colony at St. Ignace.

    2015 Seney National Wildlife Refuge - Related Research
Page Photo Credits — Misty Morning Sunrise, © Candice Massey, Staff and Intern - USFWS, Common Loon with Chicks - Dan Irizarry/2011 Photo Contest, Stream Invertebrates Class - Jan Barrett/USFWS, Snowy Owl Eating a Grebe, Sara D'Angelo/2012 Photo Contest - 2nd Place Wildlife Category, Pileated Woodpecker Chicks - Jeremy Maslowski/USFWS, Hunting Camp - USFWS, Common Tern Colony, USFWS, Downy Woodpecker, © Naji Hussenini
Last Updated: Apr 13, 2016


  • Sharp-tailed Grouse Observation

    Sharp-tailed GrouseApril 01, 2016

    April 1 to May 14 - The sight of sharp-tailed grouse dancing on a lek is an amazing sight. Sign up to observe this spectacle.

    Sharp-tailed Grouse Survey
  • Twilight Tours

    Spring PeeperMay 26, 2016

    May 26 and June 2 - Use your ears, not just your eyes, on these nighttime tours. We will listen for rails, frogs, and other animals.

    Twilight Tours
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