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    • Winter Film Festival - Week 2

      Week 2

      Do you have cabin fever? Join us Thursday night March 12th at 6:30 p.m. for a showing of Plastic Paradise and Reef Reborn. The films will be shown in the Visitor Center Auditorium at Seney National Wildlife Refuge. The show is open to the public and is free of charge. Hot chocolate, coffee, tea, popcorn and cookies will be provided by the Seney Natural History Association. Please bring a mug.

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    • Winter Film Festival - Week 3

      Week 3

      Do you have cabin fever? Join us Thursday night March 19th at 6:30 p.m. for a showing of Ireland's Wild River and The Himalayas. The films will be shown in the Visitor Center Auditorium at Seney National Wildlife Refuge. The show is open to the public and is free of charge. Hot chocolate, coffee, tea, popcorn and cookies will be provided by the Seney Natural History Association. Please bring a mug. 

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    • Winter Film Festival - Week 4

      Week 4

      Do you have cabin fever? Join us Thursday night on March 26th at 6:30 p.m. for a showing of Nature's Misfits and Cold Warrior: Wolves and Buffalo. The films will be shown in the Visitor Center Auditorium at Seney National Wildlife Refuge. The show is open to the public and is free of charge. Hot chocolate, coffee, tea, popcorn and cookies will be provided by the Seney Natural History Association. Please bring a mug.

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    • Sharp-tailed Grouse Survey

      Sharp-tailed Grouse

      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.

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    • Volunteer Orientation

      Volunteer Orientation

      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! 

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    • Volunteer Bus Tour

      Bus Tour

      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.

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    • Refuge Pools Open to Fishing

      Fisherman

      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.

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    • Seney National Wildlife Refuge Photo Contest

      Deer in cattails

      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.

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    • Wildlife Wednesdays

      Wildlife Wednesday

      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. 

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    • Photo Tour

      Photographer Barbara Hysell

      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.

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    • Twilight Tours

      Yellow Rail

      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.

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    • Childrens Fishing Day

      Little boy with a pike.

      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.

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    • Junior Duck Stamp Art Exhibit

      Junior Duck Stamp

      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.

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    • Morning Bus Tours

      American Bittern

      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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    • Fall Morning Tours

      Wildlife Wednesday

      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 fall mornings Fridays September 4th and 18th and October 2nd and 16th at 10:00 am to experience a guided tour of the refuge.  The tour will take approximately 2 to 2 1/2 hours.  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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    • Additional Pools Open to Fishing

      Fisherman

      Looking to catch that big fish? Why not try a pool normally closed to fishing? On Monday, September 7th, 2015 (Labor Day) additional pools will open for fishing! If you love to fish don't miss out on the chance to fish E, C, D and portions of B Pool that are only open to fishing from Labor Day through September 30th annually. Fishing is allowed during daylight hours only.

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    • Youth in the Outdoors

      Youth in the Outdoors Biking

      Youth in the Outdoors will be held Saturday, September 26th, so save the date! There will be several different activities to choose from which include mini sessions, long sessions, and half day sessions. If you have kids, grandkids, friends with kids, or are a kid, and you want to participate send an email to Sara_Giles@fws.gov to be added to our mailing list and registration materials will be sent to you in August. Pre-registration and a $5 registration fee are required. 

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    • Fishing Closes on Refuge Pools

      Fisherman

      Fishing on the refuge pools closes September 30th. Fishing is permitted on all stretches of the following rivers and streams during regular state seasons: Walsh Creek and Ditch, Creighton, Driggs and Manistique Rivers. The refuge is open from dawn until dusk.

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    • Last Day the Fishing Loop is Open

      Ducks

      September 30th is the last day the Fishing Loop is open. Starting October 1st the Fishing Loop will be closed to all traffic, including foot and bike traffic. This is to provide a place for migrating birds to rest undisturbed. Birds that live on the refuge throughout the summer months are often times accustomed to people and cars. Birds that stop at the refuge during migration are easily disturbed. These birds need their energy to complete their long flight. This is the reason for the closure of the Fishing Loop at an earlier date than the Marshland Wildlife Drive.  

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    • Fall Color Float

      Canoeing on the Manistique River

      Take a beautiful float down the Manistique River and see the fall colors.  Join refuge staff for a 4-5 hour canoe/kayak trip October 3rd, 2015. Early October is a beautiful time to visit the refuge as the leaves will be changing color. Pack a lunch, dress for the weather (could be warm or cool), and remember to pre-register so we know that you're coming. Bring your own boat or rent one from one of the local outfitters.

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    • National Wildlife Refuge Week

      Sandhill Cranes at the Refuge Entrance Sign

      Celebrate National Wildlife Refuge Week October 11th to 17th. Visit your National Wildlife Refuge and see what it has to offer. The Visitor Center is open from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. The Marshland Wildlife Drive is open from dawn to dusk.

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    • Last Day the Marshland Wildlife Drive and Visitor Center are Open

      Seney Sunset with Ducks

      October 20th is the last Day the Marshland Wildlife Drive and Visitor Center are open.  Beginning on October 21st the Visitor Center and Marshland Wildlife Drive will be closed for the winter.  Just because the Visitor Center and Marshland Wildlife Drive are closed, it doesn't mean you can't visit the refuge.  There are a number of fun activities you can participate in over the winter at the refuge.

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Last Updated: Jan 02, 2015
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