Explore Michigan species in their natural habitats at Seney National Wildlife Refuge

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Established in 1935, Seney National Wildlife Refuge was opened as a protection and breeding ground for migratory birds and other wildlife, like beavers. The 95,238-acre wilderness is home to a variety of species year round in the refuge’s forests, marshes, pools, creeks, rivers and bogs.

Approximately 25,000 acres of the refuge make up the Seney Wilderness Area, which contains the Strangmoor Bog National Landmark. As part of the Superior Birding Trail, you’ll likely see American Bitterns, Northern Saw-whet Owls and Blackburnian Warblers among many other migratory birds as you meander through. The Whitefish Point Unit of the Seney National Wildlife Refuge is located nearly 80 miles away from the headquarters. This 53-acre tract is renowned for its concentrations of birds during migration. 

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Whether you would like to drive the self-guided auto tour, stop by the Visitor Center, walk the trails, go hunting or fishing, take photographs, canoe or kayak, you’ll enjoy yourself as you explore the area many species call home. From dawn to dusk, visitors can drive the Marshland Drive or walk the Pine Ridge Nature Trail to search the refuge pools for wildlife species. The Visitor Center and Marshland Drive are open daily each  week from May 15 to October 15. However, the refuge is open to explore year-round. Plan a visit to discover what species find home throughout the year! 

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