Seney National Wildlife Refuge plans busy summer

Birds and all sorts of wildlife can be spotted at the Seney National Wildlife Refuge. (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service photo)

SENEY — The Seney National Wildlife Refuge had announced its 2019 event schedule in the following news release:

Photo Tours — upon request as staff or volunteers are available. Meet other photographers and explore the refuge, look for great shots and share photos. Email Seney@fws.gov to schedule a tour, allowing at least three days notice for the staff to consider a photo tour.

Twilight Tours — Today and June 7, 9 p.m. to midnight. Use your ears, not just your eyes, on these special evening tours of the refuge. The refuge is closed from dusk to dawn, so this tour is a rare opportunity to experience it in the twilight and early evening hours when many animals are active.

Wildlife Wednesdays — Wednesday nights in June, July and August from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Join an evening guided auto tour of the refuge backcountry. We’ll be looking for a variety of wildlife and sharing refuge history and management practices.

Earn a Jr. Ranger Patch — May 15 to Oct. 20. Kids and nature lovers of any age can earn a Jr. Ranger Patch through Seney National Wildlife Refuge. Just ask for the Jr. Ranger Booklet at the front desk and work through the number of activities required for your age then return to the front desk for your patch.

Children’s Fishing Day — Saturday, June 22, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Celebrating 30 Years. Anglers ages 16 and under are welcome to participate. We provide poles and bait. Register at the Visitor Center before fishing. Activities and games begin at noon in the visitor center. A complimentary fish dinner for all participants and their families will be held at 3 p.m., followed by an awards ceremony and random prize give away.

Morning Tours — Monday and Friday July 1- Aug. 31, Monday, Sept. 2, Friday, Sept. 13, and 27, and Friday, Oct. 11. 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Join us for a guided tour of the refuge. We will be on the lookout for wildlife while sharing information on the history of the refuge and current management practices.

Jr. Duck Stamp Exhibit — Aug. 9 to 25 at the Visitor Center. The exhibit features the top entries as judged in the Jr. Duck Stamp Art Contest.

Photo Contest — Last Day to Enter is Aug. 31. Did you take a great photo while visiting refuge? We encourage you to enter this people’s choice photo contest. Photos will be displayed at the visitor center and online for voting from Sept. 10 to Oct. 20. Winners receive bragging rights, a ribbon, loot from the bookstore, and their photos may be showcased in refuge publications.

Additional Pools Open to Fishing — Sept. 2-30. Looking to catch that big fish? Why not try a pool normally closed to fishing? If you love to fish don’t miss out on the chance to fish E, C, D and portions of B Pools that are only open to fishing from Labor Day through Sept. 30 annually.

Fall Color Float — Sept. 28 at 11 a.m. Join our staff for a 4-5 hour canoe/kayak trip down the Manistique River. Boat rentals are available locally. Preregistration is required.

Youth In the Outdoors — Saturday, Oct. 12, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. If you have kids, grandkids, friends with kids, or are a kid, and you want to participate send an email to seney@fws.gov to be added to our mailing list and registration materials will be sent to you in August. There will be several activities to choose from and scouts can earn badges or portions of badges.

National Wildlife Refuge Week — Week of Oct. 13-20. Come to the refuge and enjoy the great outdoors.

The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with others to conserve, protect and enhance fish, wildlife, plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. We are both a leader and trusted partner in fish and wildlife conservation, known for our scientific excellence, stewardship of lands and natural resources, dedicated professionals and commitment to public service. For more information on its work and the people who make it happen, visit http://www.fws/gov.

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