Seney National Wildlife Refuge provides habitat for over 200 species of birds. Many people visit the refuge with hopes of seeing the elusive yellow rail or black-backed woodpecker. Others enjoy coming to the refuge to see favorites including common loons, trumpeter swans, bald eagles, osprey and sandhill cranes.
Over 337 species of the birds have been documented using the Whitefish Point Unit of the refuge. At times species like the common eider and the Mississippi kite accidentally end up at the point. The point is also a hot spot for hawks, passerines, shorebirds and waterbirds.