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Pied-billed GrebeA pied-billed grebe and its chick enjoy life on the refuge pools. The chicks are marked with beautiful black, white and orange patterned heads.

Seney National Wildlife Refuge

The refuge's 95,238 acres include a rich mosaic of marshes, swamps, bogs and forests which provide habitat for over 200 species of birds. Seney NWR is known for its abundance of trumpeter swans, common loons, bald eagles, osprey and sandhill cranes. Other familiar favorites include the American bittern, rails, and numerous species of warblers.

 

Seney National Wildlife Refuge Bird Checklist 

Whitefish Point Unit

Over 337 species of birds have been documented using the Whitefish Point Unit of Seney National Wildlife Refuge. This 53 acre tract is renowned for its concentrations of birds during migration. Each year, thousands of raptors, passerines and waterbirds funnel through the point, stopping here to replenish their energy reserves before or after venturing across Lake Superior. The point is a documented Globally Important Bird Area for birds migrating between the U.S. and Canada.


The refuge property at Whitefish Point has been designated as critical habitat for the piping plover which is an endangered species in the northern Great Lakes region. For the past several years at least one piping plover pair has successfully nested on the point. The summer of 2012 was very successful with three pairs nesting on the point and raising eleven chicks. Please obey all signs and respect beach closures to protect nesting piping plovers. 

 

  Whitefish Point Unit of Seney National Wildlife Refuge Bird Checklist 

*Please note that we do not control the content or policies of eBird or Google, which you may visit when accessing parts of the tables above. You should always check site policies before providing any personal information or reusing content.

eBird is created and maintained by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology in partnership with National Audubon to gather information on bird sightings. Anyone can contribute bird sightings to eBird and sightings from the refuge will appear here within 15 minutes. It also enables you to find out which birds are being reported and where. These observation records become part of an online checklist program that scientists and birders with internet access can use to review bird observation information from specific locations across North America, including many National Wildlife Refuges.

Page Photo Credits — Pied-billed Grebe with Chick - John W. Hysell/2012 Photo Contest
Last Updated: Apr 04, 2014
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