Exhibit Hall

The Jennison Exhibit Hall reveals the little known treasures of Saginaw Bay: a rich kaleidoscope of wetland resources--fisheries, wildflowers, waterfowl and other wildlife.

  • At the touch of a button see how the bay and its unique coastal wetlands were formed.
  • Compose a symphony of wetland sounds at the marsh music display.
  • Watch the marsh wildlife up-close on a big screen through a remote video surveillance camera.
  • Play one of the interactive computer games that demonstrate the importance of the Saginaw Bay area in Michigan's rich history of fishing, lumbering, shipping and agriculture.

Inside the center's auditorium, visitors will enjoy The Saginaw Bay Story, an inspiring nine-projector multi-image slide show that features colorful panoramic photographs of the bay and its shoreline, and includes the reminiscences of Frank N. Andersen, a Saginaw philanthropist and last surviving member of the Tobico Hunting and Fishing Club, who donated the Tobico Marsh property to the state of Michigan in 1957.

The wildlife observation room provides a picturesque view of birds and small mammals in a natural setting.

The Wolverine

wolverineThe exhibit hall also display Michigan's only known wild wolverine. 

The animal was found dead by hikers in 2010 at Sanilac County's Minden State Game Area, where it had lived for much of the previous six years. The wolverine was first discovered by coyote hunters who treed it while running hounds near Bad Axe on Feb. 24, 2004.

It was the first wolverine ever verified as living in the wild in Michigan. Michigan is known as the Wolverine State because it was a center for trade in the early trapping industry and wolverine pelts from the north and west of Michigan came through the state. Biologists say that if wolverines were native to Michigan, they were extirpated about 200 years ago.

It is uncertain how the wolverine arrived in Michigan, though DNA evidence indicates it is related to animals native to Alaska.

The wolverine was mounted by Bay Port taxidermist Sandy Brown; the mount won an award in 2013 from the state's taxidermy association.