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  • Barbara Hysell Monarch Butterfly

    The Migratory Generation is Developing

    Did you know that the monarch butterflies that are caterpillars or chrysalis right now will migrate south?

    Track Their Journey

  • Common loon with chicks on its back by Dan Irizarry

    Seney National Wildlife Refuge

    This three-minute introduction to the refuge contains footage from the Seney Natural History Association film, "The Wonder of Nature.”

    Introduction to Seney National Wildlife Refuge

  • Yellow-rumped Warbler

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  • Youth in the Outdoors - Stream Safari

    Seney Natural History Association

    The Seney Natural History Association is the non-profit group that helps the refuge put on special events, hire interns, and much more!

    Seney Natural History Association

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

Complex Graphic

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

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

Learn more about the complex 

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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  • Federal and Junior Duck Stamp Art Exhibit

    2016 Jr. Duck Stamp

    Seney National Wildlife Refuge is exhibiting the Federal and Junior Duck Stamp art winners from across the country from August 7th - 28th. Visitors should mark their calendars for this exhibition of original art work. The top 10 winners from the Federal Duck Stamp contest and the first place winners of the Junior Duck Stamp contest from each state and U.S. territory are on display in the Visitor Center. Included in the exhibit are the winning paintings for the 2016 Federal and Junior Duck Stamps. Joseph Hautman’s (Minnesota) painting of a pair of trumpeter swans is featured on the Duck Stamp and Stacy Shen’s (16 from California) painting of a pair of Ross's Geese is featured on the 2016 Junior Duck Stamp.

    Learn more about the Jr. Duck Stamp Program
  • Enter the 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 National Wildlife Refuge's Facebook page, 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. Cast your vote!

    Contest Rules and Regulations
  • Ongoing Studies at Seney National Wildlife Refuge

    Common Tern Survey 2014December 07, 2015

    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.

    2015 Seney National Wildlife Refuge - Related Research
Page Photo Credits — Misty Morning Sunrise, © Candice Massey, Staff and Intern - USFWS, Common Loon with Chicks - Dan Irizarry/2011 Photo Contest, Stream Invertebrates Class - Jan Barrett/USFWS, Snowy Owl Eating a Grebe, Sara D'Angelo/2012 Photo Contest - 2nd Place Wildlife Category, Pileated Woodpecker Chicks - Jeremy Maslowski/USFWS, Hunting Camp - USFWS, Common Tern Colony, USFWS, Downy Woodpecker, © Naji Hussenini
Last Updated: Aug 16, 2016


  • Photo Tours

    Photographer Barbara HysellJuly 08, 2016 - August 28, 2016

    Photographers will love this Thursday morning tour. We leave the Visitor Center at 8:00 am for a 2 1/2 to 3 hour tour through the Refuge.

    Photo Tour
  • Wildlife Wednesday Tours

    Wildlife WednesdayJune 01, 2016 - August 31, 2016

    Join us Wednesday evenings June - August for an evening guided auto tour of the refuge from 7pm to 9:30pm.

    Wildlife Wednesdays
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