The sight and sound of sharp-tailed grouse dancing on a lek (dancing/breeding ground) is one of nature's true spectacles. Males stomp their feet as fast as they can, causing their tails to rattle. At the same time they inflate purple neck sacks, called gular, which produce a unique sound. Meanwhile the females sit back and watch carefully to select their mate. The romance is fleeting and the hen will be left to raise the young on her own. Couple this show with the early morning light of dawn and you have the backdrop for a wonderful and unforgettable morning.
Are you looking for something to do with your free time? Do you enjoy volunteering? Do you like to learn about wildlife and meet new people? Attend the volunteer orientation on Wednesday May 13th, 2015 and find out if volunteering at Seney National Wildlife Refuge is a good fit for you and become a part of something fun!
Have you ever wondered what is behind the refuge gates? Do you have questions about the refuge? The Volunteer Bus Tour May 14, 2015 is a continuation of the Volunteer Orientation held May 13, 2015. Staff take current and potential volunteers on a tour behind the locked refuge gates to answer questions and share their knowledge about the refuge.
Come catch the action! Summer/fall fishing on C-3, Show Pools, F, G, H, I, and J Pools, as well as the portions of D and E Pools adjacent to the Fishing Loop are open from May 15th through September 30th. All other Pools are closed to summer/fall fishing.
Did you get some great photos while enjoying the refuge? Enter them in the
Seney National Wildlife Refuge Photo Contest! In September and October we will display all the entries in the
auditorium and on the Seney Natural History Association’s Flickr site, where
visitors will vote for their favorites. When on display for voting, the entries
depict an incredible array of Refuge experiences. Details can be found in the
Visitor Center or on our website. Photos must be postmarked by August 31st.
Tourists and locals alike love this tour! Join us Wednesday evenings in June, July and August for an evening guided auto tour of the refuge backcountry. The tour begins at 7 p.m. and lasts approximately two hours. We’ll be on the lookout for a variety of wildlife while sharing Refuge history and management practices.
Join us Thursday mornings at 8:00 am for a photo tour of the refuge. Meet other amateur photographers to explore the refuge, look for great shots and share photos and skills. You should have a working knowledge of your equipment and come prepared for a variety of weather and bug conditions.
Join us for our annual Twilight Tours on Thursdays May 28th and June 4th, 2015. Use your ears, not just your eyes, on these special nighttime tours of Seney National Wildlife Refuge. The refuge is closed from dusk to dawn, so this tour is a rare opportunity to experience the refuge in the twilight and early evening hours when many animals are active. We will be searching for secretive marshbirds like the yellow rail, Virginia rail and sora. This is also an excellent chance to hear spring peepers, gray treefrogs, green frogs, and American toads. During this tour, it is unlikely that we will see these animals but chances are very good we will hear their calls.
Join us for Children's Fishing Day - Catch the Excitement! Saturday, June 27th, 2015, the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service, in cooperation with the Seney Natural History Association, invites you to participate in the 26th Annual Children’s Fishing Day.
Community members and visitors alike should mark their calendars for this exhibition of original art work by kids from across the country. The first place winners from each state and US territory will be on display in the Visitor Center from July 1 through July 31.
Would you like to get more out of your trip to Seney National Wildlife Refuge? Some wildlife can be difficult to see, but trained staff and volunteers know where to look or listen. Join us Monday and Friday mornings at 10:00 am to experience a guided tour of the Refuge. The tour will take between 2 to 2 ½ hours depending on the topic of the tour. We will be on the lookout for a variety of wildlife while sharing information on the animals we see, the history of the refuge and current management practices.
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