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  • Monarch Butterflies at a Sanctuary in Mexico

    Winter's Rest

    The monarchs that originated in the Midwest and Eastern U.S. migrate to Mexico. In winter month they can be found on one of 12 mountains.

    Winter Roosts

  • 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.

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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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  • Auto Tour Closure

    MWD ClosedMay 23, 2017

    A two mile section of the Marshland Wildlife Drive is closed to all vehicle, bicycle, and foot traffic. Refuge staff is in the process of repairing the E-Pool dike due to erosion. The Fishing Loop is open to the public and bi-passes the section of the Marshland Wildlife Drive which is under construction. The tour route is being used to haul equipment and materials to the work site so please watch for trucks. During the weekend the E-Pool dike is open to foot traffic only. No bikes or vehicles please. We anticipate the road closure to last through June.

  • Wanted - Visitor Services Interns


    Are you interested in spending the summer at Seney National Wildlife Refuge helping visitors enjoy their vacation? Seney has two Visitor Services internships available for the summer/fall of 2017. Internships are a wonderful way to learn important skills, get to know people in your desired career field and build your resume. Apply today.

    Visitor Services Internships
  • Ongoing Studies at Seney National Wildlife Refuge

    Common Tern Survey 2014

    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: May 23, 2017


  • Sharp-tailed Grouse Observation

    Sharp-tailed GrouseApril 01, 2017 - May 14, 2017

    April 1 to May 14 - The sight of sharp-tailed grouse dancing on a lek is an amazing sight. Sign up to observe this spectacle.

    Sharp-tailed Grouse Survey
  • Spring Volunteer Orientation

    Volunteer Assisting GuestsMay 10, 2017

    Enjoy volunteering? Like to learn about wildlife? Attend the orientation on Wed. May 10th and find out about volunteering at Seney NWR.

    Volunteer Orientation
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