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Seney National Wildlife Refuge

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Seney National Wildlife Refuge

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1674 Refuge Entrance Rd, Seney, MI 49883-9509
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ImmerWandern wrote a review Oct 2020
Palos Heights, Illinois6,608 contributions537 helpful votes
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We had looked forward to the wildlife viewing at the national refuge. The reviews and photos were very encouraging. Unfortunately we were limited in our time and ability to revisit Seney during our time in the U.P. It was pouring rain and was pretty cold. Even though we visited in the late afternoon not long before sunset - the time when the park closes but also the time when wildlife-spotting is supposed to be most productive - there was almost no wildlife. We saw some Canada geese, a few ducks (perhap blue-winged teal), and many pairs of Trumpeter Swans. The Marshland Wildlife Drive through the small part to the refuge was enjoyable nevertheless. The loons had already migrated, it seemed, as had the sandhill cranes. If back in the area I would want to visit in the summer and hopefully during a drier day when we could take long hikes. Trumpeter swans are the largest waterfowl in North America, with wingspans of up to 8 feet and weighing up to 25 pounds. The population at the Seney wildlife refuge had a dark brown coloration especially of the neck due to the tannins in the water. Seeing the many trumpeter swans in just this small part of the refuge was a heartening sight, confirmation that the species, once down to about 70 individuals in the lower 48 (all in Yellowstone), had been restored to the point that with a population 63,000 they are designated “least concern” by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).
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Date of experience: September 2020
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LisaMNUSA wrote a review Oct 2020
Minnesota461 contributions91 helpful votes
Based on good reviews, we did the 7 mies drive. The scenery was beautiful, all the pools looked similar. We only saw swans. I see turkeys, ducks, goose, squirrels and birds quite often in my neighborhood. But there was nothing there except swans. I went in early October. We did walk the trail, saw more swans than the drive.
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Date of experience: October 2020
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danikat178 wrote a review Sep 2020
Indianapolis, Indiana119 contributions19 helpful votes
We drove through since our route had us passing and it really is beautiful. We didn't plan and bring binoculars and didn't stop for long to explore which would be worth it if you want to see some wildlife. Still a scenic drive if you're just passing through. You enter on a long road then turn left to take the drive route.
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Date of experience: September 2020
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nickelcitygirl wrote a review Jan 2020
Sudbury, Canada596 contributions233 helpful votes
Starting off at the Visitor Centre is great; the friendly staff are invaluable resources and are happy to answer any questions. There is also a gift shop, some taxidermy animals, activities - and a clean washroom (always important to find when travelling)! We watched an introductory movie at the visitor centre before heading out on the Marshland Wildlife Drive, a one-way loop on a narrow, unpaved road. We've done this loop a number of times and always find it to be peaceful. We like to drive very slowly and pull over to let others pass or to get out and have a closer look at the wildlife. Wildlife we've seen include loons, Canadian geese, swans, turtles, and beavers. There is a board at the visitor centre where you can mark your wildlife sightings; it's always interesting to check the board and find out about recent sightings. Bring your binoculars! Admission is free. The refuge is open mid-May to mid-October.
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Date of experience: June 2019
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AuntieM64 wrote a review Nov 2019
Eastern NC1,678 contributions245 helpful votes
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This is a bit out of the way, but well worth the visit. There is a wonderful Visitor Center situated on one of the ponds for wildlife viewing, and an auto drive route around several of the other impoundments. When I was there I saw Trumpeter Swans, Loons, Canada Geese, Sandhill Cranes and a myriad of other waterfowl and birds. There are also a variety of mammals living on the Wildlife Refuge, but I did not see any that day. It is free to get in, and well worth taking the time to stop.
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Date of experience: September 2019
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