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Seney Wildlife Refuge - Wildlife and Habitat
Visitors to the Seney Wildlife Refuge can experience a host of year-round activities within the 95,238 acres. Wildlife observation is spectacular here at the refuge and entails a number of species to watch for. Each season also offers great outdoor recreation for your enjoyment.

Spring’s warmth awakens the black bears and cubs from their long winter rest. Frogs and spring peepers begin their spring rituals. Canada goose, common loon and swans return to the refuge to raise their families. While Sandhill cranes return with their mating dances to find a life-long partner. Spring is a special time in the refuge that offers some of the best wildlife observation in the mid-west.

Late spring and early summer brings on a whole host of bugs. Bring some spray with you because there may be ticks, deer flies, and mosquitos around. There are many types of turtles that are commonly seen along the roadsides. Whitetail deer are commonly seen throughout the refuge, often with fawns in late spring. The swans are raising their young and can often be seen in the refuge pools from the comfort of your vehicle. Guests will enjoy viewing osprey, waterfowl (such as the beautiful Loon), and beavers.

Late summer and fall the refuge wildlife begins preparation for the long winter ahead. Birds begin migrating to their winter homes. The monarch butterflies also begin their long pilgrimage to Mexico. When fall does arrive, the colors are spectacular. Deer and moose are beginning their rut in the fall, but moose are very reclusive.  Some sightings are reported, but they are rare in comparison to other mammals.

Winter observations are not as frequent, but the animals are still out and about. Wolves, moose, deer coyote, otters, along with some wintering birds can still be found here at the refuge.

Full list of mammals at the refuge:

  • Opossum
  • Northern Short-Tailed Shrew
  • Masked Shrew
  • Water Shrew
  • Artic Shrew
  • Pygmy Shrew
  • Star-nosed Shrew
  • Little Brown Bat
  • Northern Bat
  • Hoary Bat
  • Red Bat
  • Big Brown Bat
  • Silver-haired Bat
  • Snowshoe Hare
  • Eastern Cottontail
  • Eastern Grey Squirrel
  • Fox Squirrel
  • Red Squirrel
  • Thirteen-lined Ground Squirrel
  • Northern Flying Squirrel
  • Southern Flying Squirrel
  • House Mouse
  • Norway Rat
  • Woodland Deer Mouse
  • Red-backed Vole
  • White-footed Mouse
  • Meadow Vold
  • Muskrat
  • Southern Bog Lemming
  • Woodland Jumping Mouse
  • Porcupine
  • Gray Wolf
  • Coyote
  • Gray Fox
  • Red Fox
  • Eastern Chipmunk
  • Least Chipmunk
  • Black Bear
  • Raccoon
  • Mink
  • Least Weasel
  • Short-tailed Weasel
  • Long-tailed Weasel
  • Striped Skink
  • River Otter
  • Badger
  • Marten
  • Fisher
  • Canada Lynx
  • Bobcat
  • White-tailed Deer
  • Moose
  • Beaver
  • Woodchuck

Seney Wildlife Refuge Birding
The Seney Wildlife Refuge is one of the finest places to do some bird watching. The refuge provides habitat for over 200 species. The Whitefish Point Bird Observatory has an amazing 337 species that can be seen from their Lake Superior location. We encourage you to visit both! Some of the species within the Seney Wildlife Refuge include the following:

  • Trumpeter Swan
  • Osprey
  • American Robin
  • Song Sparrow
  • American Goldfinch
  • Common Nighthawk
  • American Kestrel
  • Canada Goose
  • Mallard
  • Common Loon
  • Osprey
  • Belted Kingfisher
  • Blue Jay
  • American Crow
  • Common Yellowthroat
  • Yellow-rumped Warbler
  • Wood Duck
  • Sandhill Crane
  • Ring-billed Gull
  • Caspian Tern
  • Common Tern
  • Blue-winged Teal
  • Spotted Sandpiper
  • Common Raven
  • Common Grackle
  • Great Blue Heron
  • Marsh Wren
  • Eastern Kingbird
  • Cedar Waxwing
  • Purple Finch
  • Bald Eagle
  • Northern Flicker
  • American Bittern
  • Wilson's Snipe
  • Hairy Woodpecker
  • Alder Flycatcher
  • Red-eyed Vireo
  • Gray Catbird
  • Lincoln's Sparrow
  • Red-winged Blackbird
  • American Goldfinch
  • American Black Duck
  • Ring-necked Duck
  • Song Sparrow
  • Nashville Warbler
  • Warbler
  • Hooded Merganser
  • Green Heron
  • Tree Swallow
  • Red-breasted Nuthatch
  • Brown Creeper
  • American Redstart
  • Savannah Sparrow
  • White-throated Sparrow
  • Purple Finch
  • Turkey Vulture
  • Black-billed Cuckoo
  • Eastern Kingbird
  • Waxwing
  • Chipping Sparrow

Birding Notes
There are seventeen pairs of common loons that nest at the refuge every year. The pools provide the necessary open water with adequate fish for food to maintain a healthy habitat. Chick hatch in June and the young birds ride on their parents back until they are ready to swim on their own.

Directions to the Seney Wildlife Refuge:
From Highway M-28, turn south on M-77 in Seney and continue 5 miles to the Refuge Entrance Road. Turn right (west) – the Visitor Center is approximately one mile ahead on the right.

From US-2, turn north on M-77 in Blaney Park and continue 12 miles to the Refuge Entrance Road (2 miles north of Germfask). Turn left (west) – the Visitor Center is approximately one mile ahead on the right.

Seney National Wildlife Refuge - Headquarters
1674 Refuge Entrance Road
Seney, MI 49883
(906)586-9851
Email: Seney@fws.gov