Location: Seney, Michigan
Webpage: National Wildlife Refuge
General Description: Established in 1935 as a refuge and breeding ground for migratory birds and wildlife, Seney National Wildlife Refuge encompasses 95,238 acres. Before becoming a refuge, the area was heavily logged, burned, ditched, drained and cultivated. Despite multiple attempts, the soils and climate were not suitable for agriculture. This loss in the early 20th century has become a huge gain for wildlife populations. The refuge is renown for its concentration of migrating birds in the spring and fall stopping over to refuel either before or after traversing Lake Superior. The refuge is a mosiac of hardwood forests, mixed hardwood-pine forests, bogs, slow moving swamps, and pools and lakes. In addition to the many migratory bird species, the refuge is also the home of 17 pairs of loons, sandhill cranes, and gray wolves.
1) The Visitor Center is located close to the intersection of M 38 and M 77 and provides visitors with all the information needed to plan their visit. There are a few exhibits about the refuge, but the real attraction are the many trails and driving tour.
2) The 1 mile loop Nature Trail at the Visitor Center provides a good introduction to the wetlands on the refuge. From multiple locations you could see an osprey nest in the upper branches of a large red pine tree. There are many other trails on the refuge the double as cross country ski trails in the winter.
3) The is also a 7 or 8 mile driving tour around some of the larger pools on the refuge. By driving slowly we saw a number of wildlife species including swans, loons, eagles, osprey, and beaver.