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    As Monarchs Head North

    Monarchs are on their way north. As milkweed plants begin to grow watch for eggs and caterpillars.

    Report Your Sightings

  • 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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    Join us on Facebook and stay up to date on what is happening at the refuge.

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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


2019 Event Calendar

Wildlife Wednesday

The public is invited to join us for special events, tours and activities. So join us for Children's Fishing Day (June 22), Youth in the Outdoors (October 12) or our popular Wildlife Wednesday Bus Tours. And if you took a photo you are particularly proud of enter it into our annual photo contest, entries are due August 31.

2019 Event Calendar

Marshland Wildlife Drive - Vehicle Restrictions

The Marshland Wildlife Drive has many tight corners, no shoulders, narrow bridges, and low hanging branches. Tour Buses are not allowed on the Marshland Wildlife Drive. Please note that tall or very long vehicles may also have restrictions. If your wheelbase is more than 234 inches, your turning radius is greater than 45 degrees, your width is greater than 9 feet, or the height of your vehicle is greater than 10'6" you should not take the Marshland Wildlife Drive. If you are hauling trailers please feel free to drop them off in the parking lot.

Announcing the 2018 Photo Contest Winners

Sandhill Closeup

Seney National Wildlife Refuge would like to thank all of the Photo Contest participants. Your generous contributions allow visitors to see the refuge through your eyes and experiences. Click the link below to see who took 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place. Honorable mentions are shown for each category with more than 10 entries. Photo: Sandhill Crane Close-up, by John Fortener - 1st Place 2018 Youth Category.

2018 Photo Contest Winners

Recent Sightings and Guides

Ruffed Grouse

Are you wondering what you will see while visiting the Seney National Wildlife Refuge? Check our Recent Sightings and Guides page to see sightings recorded by staff and visitors using eBird or iNaturalist. Electronic field guides specific to the refuge can also be found here.

Recent Sightings and Guides
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

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

Read 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.

Learn more about the NWRS