Audubon's 119th Christmas Bird Count will be conducted between the dates of Friday, December 14, 2018 through Saturday, January 5, 2019. Please note that Sunday, January 6, 2019 is not included in the 119th CBC period.


The Winning submissions from our 8th Annual Photo Contest have just been posted! Congratulations to all.


The Fall 2018 edition of The Overlook Newsletter is now available.  Get yours HERE


Marcia Poling’s hand painted ornaments are now available in the Flyway Nature Store.

NOTICE: the Flyway store will be open 9 AM to 3 PM on Tuesdays and Thursdays, except Thanksgiving of course, until late December.

And, as you may have heard, INWR Headquarters will not be open any weekends this Fall due to staff schedules.


Our Audio Tours are now available for the Swallow Hollow and for the Feeder Road Trails.

Who We are

The Friends of Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge, Inc. (FINWR) is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to increasing public awareness of the Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge and to helping the community understand its mission and goals.  Friends was incorporated on February 25, 2000

FINWR has secured funding from the Margaret L. Wendt Foundation, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation Centennial Legacy Fund, the Wild Birds Unlimited Pathways to Nature Program, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Iroquois Job Corp, as well as help from our members. More funding is needed. FINWR is able to raise funds to be allocated for specific, much-needed projects on the refuge.

Reasons to Support

  • Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge (INWR) is visited by an estimated 50,000 people each year. These visitors include hikers, bird watchers, hunters, fishermen, photographers, students of conservation and wildlife and others.
  • Donations to FINWR may qualify for matching funds.
  • Donations are tax deductible. FINWR is a registered 501(c) (3) not-for-profit organization. Check with your tax advisor.
  • INWR is the only National Wildlife Refuge in Western New York
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