Volunteers assisting visitors. Credit: Marco Sánchez, SNHA Intern. Seney Natural History Association - Friends of the Seney NWR.
Volunteers assisting visitors. Credit: Marco Sánchez, SNHA Intern.
 
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Seney NWR pool.
Seney NWR pool.
Credit: Marco Sánchez, SNHA Intern.

SNHA Award.
SNHA Award.
Credit: USFWS.

Volunteers preparing the fish dinner at Children's Fishing Day. Credit: USFWS.
Volunteers preparing the fish dinner at Children's Fishing Day. Credit: USFWS.

Little Fisherman. Credit: Louise Hollingshead, 2002 Photo Contest - 1st Place Recreation.
Little Fisherman. Credit: Louise Hollingshead, 2002 Photo Contest - 1st Place Recreation.

Pair fishing at Children's Fishing Day, 2009. Credit: USFWS.
Pair fishing at Children's Fishing Day, 2009. Credit: USFWS.

Check-in station at Children's Fishing Day, 2009. Credit: USFWS.
Check-in station at Children's Fishing Day, 2009. Credit: USFWS.

Refuge pool at sunset. Credit: Chris Spencer, 2003 Photo Contest - 2nd Place Landscape.
Refuge pool at sunset. Credit: Chris Spencer, 2003 Photo Contest - 2nd Place Landscape.

White-tailed Deer buck in velvet. Credit: Joel Flasschoen, 2007 Photo Contest - 1st Place Wildlife.
White-tailed Deer buck in velvet. Credit: Joel Flasschoen, 2007 Photo Contest - 1st Place Wildlife.

Trumpeter Swans fighting. Credit: Barb Brockway, 2009 Photo Contest - 1st Place Wildlife.
Trumpeter Swans fighting. Credit: Barb Brockway, 2009 Photo Contest - 1st Place Wildlife.

Volunteers along the Marshland Wildlife Drive on Children's Fishing Day. Credit: USFWS.
Volunteers along the Marshland Wildlife Drive on Children's Fishing Day. Credit: USFWS.

2010 Volunteer Recognition Dinner
SNHA in cooperation with Seney NWR honor volunteers with an annual recognition dinner, 2010. Credit: USFWS.

Mission: To promote a better understanding and appreciation of the natural history and natural environment of the Seney National Wildlif eRefuge, by working in cooperation with Refuge staff to support its mission.

The Seney Natural History Association (SNHA) is a non-profit organization that has helped fund programs at Seney National Wildlife Refuge since 1987. Profits from the Visitor Center's bookstore sales, membership dues and generous donations help the Association accomplish its mission.

Some of our activities include:

  • Providing binoculars and field guides for visitors to borrow
  • Funding displays in the Visitor Center, newsletters, brochures, observation decks and scopes
  • Providing educational trunks for use in school classrooms
  • Funding biology and visitor services interns
  • Cosponsoring special events such as Children's Fishing Day, Youth in the Outdoors, Amateur Photo Contests, and the Winter Film Festival
  • Funding the orientation film 'The Wonder of Nature'
  • Provide volunteers to work the Visitor Center desk
  • Provide maintenance for the intern/temporary researcher bunkhouse
  • Assist with biological surveys around the refuge
  • Provide help with other refuge projects, such as building bridges on the trails
  • Run the Bookstore - all profits go back into the things listed above

Are you someone who enjoys all the refuge has to offer and likes what Seney Natural History Association is doing? Then show your support and become a Friends member today!

Members:

  • Receive a ten percent discount on Bookstore purchases
  • Receive periodic newsletters on Refuge activities
  • May vote at annual spring meetings
  • Donations and dues are tax deductible to the full extent of the law

Yearly Membership Fee:

  • Retired/Senior - $5.00
  • Individual - $10.00
  • Family - $15.00
  • Contributing - $25.00
  • Supporting - $40.00
  • Business - $75.00
  • Corporate - $200.00
  • Life - $500.00
  • (membership year runs May 1 - April 30 the following year)

To join for a year, send your name, address, city/state, zip, phone number, email, membership type and fee to:

 

SNHA
1606 Refuge Entrance Rd.
Seney, MI 49883

SNHA also runs the bookstore in the Visitor Center. It's open from May 15th - October 16th, 2011, daily from 9am-5pm. We sell souvenirs, apparel, outdoor products and a large variety of printed materials. Field guides, history books, children's books and other informational materials are must haves for any nature lover! All profits go right back into helping out the Refuge.

 

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2012 Board Members

  • President - Dee Phinney
  • Vice President - Tom Kenney
  • Secretary - Joe Kolder
  • Treasurer - Nancy Strawe
  • Member - George Phinney
  • Member - Pat Foldenauer
  • Member - Dave Fleischmann
  • Member - Liz Hill
  • Member - Laura Gasaway
  • Book Store Manager - Claudia Slater
Learn more about Seney National Wildlife Refuge by visiting their website.

 

Volunteers Barb, Jeff, and Becky. Credit: Marco Sánchez, SNHA Intern.
Volunteers Barb, Jeff, and Becky.
Credit: Marco Sánchez, SNHA Intern.

Sign Repair. Credit: USFWS.
Sign Repair.
Credit: USFWS.

Volunteer helping customers.Credit: Marco Sánchez, SNHA Intern.
Volunteer helping customers.
Credit: Marco Sánchez, SNHA Intern.

SNHA Booth.
SNHA Booth.
Credit: USFWS.

Volunteers and Youth Conservation Corps members at the bridge they rebuilt on the Wigwam Connector Trail.
Volunteers and Youth Conservation Corps members at the bridge they rebuilt on the Wigwam Connector Trail.
Credit: Mark Vaniman, USFWS.

SNHA Bookstore. Credit: Marco Sánchez, SNHA Intern.
SNHA Bookstore.
Credit: Marco Sánchez, SNHA Intern.

SNHA Bookstore. Credit: Marco Sánchez, SNHA Intern.
SNHA Bookstore.
Credit: Marco Sánchez, SNHA Intern.

SNHA Bookstore. Credit: Marco Sánchez, SNHA Intern.
SNHA Bookstore.
Credit: Marco Sánchez, SNHA Intern.

SNHA Bookstore. Credit: Marco Sánchez, SNHA Intern.
SNHA Bookstore.
Credit: Marco Sánchez, SNHA Intern.

River Otter. Credit: John W. Hysell, 2009 Photo Contest - 2nd Place Wildlife.
River Otter. Credit: John W. Hysell, 2009 Photo Contest - 2nd Place Wildlife.

Man walking dog. Credit: Jennifer Pollum, 2009 Photo Contest - 3rd Place Recreation.
Man walking dog. Credit: Jennifer Pollum, 2009 Photo Contest - 3rd Place Recreation.