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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

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

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

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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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  • Ski Trail Updates

    Skiing Otter Run Trail

    2/3/15 – Cross-country skiers and snowshoers, the snow conditions are great for both skiing and snowshoeing. Ski trials were groomed on Thursday and listed in good shape. We groom the ski trails once per week - usually just before the weekend. We do our best to maintain the ski trails but our maintenance staff has many other duties so we are not able to get out after every snowfall. Remember snowshoers you are welcome to use the ski trails just don’t step in the ski tracks. Dogs are not allowed on the groomed ski trails, but you may take them with you on all other portions of the Refuge as long as they are on a leash. Check back soon for updates. Cost = Free!

    Winter Activities
  • Sharp-tailed Grouse Survey

    Sharp-tailed Grouse

    April 1 to May 14 - The sight and sound of sharp-tailed grouse dancing on a lek (dancing/breeding ground) and displaying their purple gular neck sacs is one of nature's true spectacles. As a citizen scientist you will be asked to hike one mile to a lek, where you will count the dancing grouse and the non-dancing grouse for one minute every ten minutes. The rest of the time is yours to watch, photograph, or video tape the grouse. You must sign up to participate. Participants are encouraged to sign up with a partner for 1 to 3 days. To participate in this study you must annually review a series of videos and take a short quiz. For more information or to sign up contact Sara Giles by email: or call (906) 586-9851 x10.

    Sharp-tailed Grouse
  • Kirtland’s Warbler Wildlife Management Area – Public Comment Period for the Timber Harvest Compatibility Determination

    The Fish and Wildlife Service, Seney National Wildlife Refuge (Refuge) invites the public to review and comment on plans to allow commercial and non-commercial timber harvesting on the Kirtland's Warbler Wildlife Management Area (WMA). A Compatibility Determination was completed to determine whether timber harvesting on Kirtland's Warbler WMA is compatible with the establishing purposes and the mission of the National Wildlife Refuge System. Comments will be accepted during a two week review period starting February 18, 2015 through March 4, 2015. The document is by following the link below or a copy may be requested by calling 906-586-9851 ext. 11. Comments may be submitted to or faxed to 906-586-3800. Timber harvesting is an integral component of the multi-agency recovery efforts for the Kirtland’s Warbler. The management of forests using commercial and non-commercial mechanical means and other methods is administered in accordance with wildlife and ecosystem management principles and ongoing research and land management demonstrations. This use, planned and regulated, is beneficial to wildlife habitat, specifically to breeding habitat requirements of the Kirtland’s Warbler. Special Use permits would be issued by the Refuge Manager when timber harvest activities are needed to improve habitats.

    Kirtlands Warbler Timber Harvesting CD
  • Ongoing Studies at Seney NWR

    Common Tern Survey 2014

    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.

    Seney Research 2014
Page Photo Credits — Winter Landscape, © Larry McGahey, Cedar Waxwing - Dawn Marsh, SNHA Intern, Yellow-rumped Warbler, © Larry McGahey, Stream Invertebrates Class - Jan Barrett/USFWS, Common Loon with Chicks - Dan Irizarry/2011 Photo Contest, Bird-on-the-wing - Dawn Marsh, SNHA Intern, Snowy Owl Eating a Grebe, Sara D'Angelo/2012 Photo Contest - 2nd Place Wildlife Category, Hunting Camp - USFWS, Yellow Warbler - © Keith Parish, Common Tern Colony, USFWS, Pileated Woodpecker Chicks - Jeremy Maslowski/USFWS, Downy Woodpecker, © Naji Hussenini, Ski Trail, Mark Vaniman/USFWS
Last Updated: Feb 17, 2015


  • Winter Film Festival 2015 - Week 1

    2015 Week 1March 05, 2015

    Join us Thursday night March 5 at 6:30 p.m. for "Leave it to Beavers" and "Hummingbirds". The films will be shown in the Visitor Center.

    Winter Film Festival 2014 - Week 1
  • Winter Film Festival 2015 - Week 2

    Week 2March 12, 2015

    Join us Thursday night March 12th at 6:30 p.m. for a showing of Plastic Paradise and Reef Reborn.

    Winter Film Festival 2014 - Week 2
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