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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 7th, 2014 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 8th is a continuation of the Volunteer Orientation held May 7th. 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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    • Visitor Center and Drives Open

      Trumpeter Swans

      On May 15th The Visitor Center, Marshland Wildlife Drive, and Fishing Loop open for the season.  

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    • Refuge Pools Open to Fishing


      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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    • Twilight Tours

      Yellow Rail

      Join us for our annual Twilight Tours Thursdays May 29th and June 5th, 2014.  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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    • 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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    • Childrens Fishing Day

      Little boy with a pike.

      Join us for Children's Fishing Day - Catch the Excitement! Saturday, June 21st, 2014, the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service, in cooperation with the Seney Natural History Association, invites you to participate in the 25th Annual Children’s Fishing Day.

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    • Amateur Photo Contest

      Swan set

      Did you get some great photos while enjoying the refuge? Enter them in the amateur photo contest! In September 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. Photo: 1st Place Plants Category - White Water Lily by Barbara Hysell.

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Page Photo Credits — Ice Fishing - USFWS, Sharp-tailed Grouse - Robert Plain/2011 Photo Contest, Volunteer Orientation - USFWS, Volunteer Bus Tour - USFWS, Fisherman - © Jim Hill, Trumpeter Swans - Marcy Barker/2012 Photo Contest, Yellow Rail - USFWS, Wildlife Wednesday Bus Tour - © Jim Hill, Little Boy with a Pike - Dawn Marsh/USFWS, White Water-Lily - Barbara Hysell/2012 Photo Contest: 1st Place Plant Category, Biking at Youth in the Outdoors - Jan Barrett/USFWS, Ring-necked Ducks - Kelly Ramsey/2011 Photo Contest
Last Updated: Apr 24, 2013
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