Cancelled - Twilight Tours

Fridays, May 29 and June 5, 2020 from 9:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m.
Virginia Rail with a Dragonfly in its mouth by Teresa McGill.

Join us for our annual Twilight Tours on Friday, May 29 and June 5, 2020 from 9:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m. 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 marsh birds 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 some of their calls.

The tour involves several stops where we will get out of the bus, stand and listen for any types of wildlife that may be calling. Meet at the Visitor Center, which will reopen at 8:30 p.m., and come prepared to do battle with mosquitoes and black flies. Head nets, pants, long sleeves, and closed shoes are recommended. Dress in layers as some nights can be quite chilly. We will go even if there is a light rain, so plan accordingly.

Here are some highlights from past tours. We have heard sora, Virginia rails, spring peepers, gray tree frogs, American toads, American woodcock, Wilson's snipe and green frogs. Saw starry nights, fireflies, trumpeter swans, common loons, sandhill cranes, ring-necked ducks and other species. The refuge truly is different at night.

Space is Limited

Space in service vehicles is on a first come first served basis. Visitors will be able to follow along in their own vehicle if the bus is full.

Contact seney@fws.gov or call 906-586-9851 ext. 10 (before May 15) or ext. 15 (after May 15) for more information.