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The 2016-17 Annual FINWR Amateur Photo Contest entry deadline has passed. Now, the judging begins, with winners announced at our November Meeting.

Past Years Photo Contest Winners

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.

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 for Supporting
Friends of Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge, Inc. (FINWR)

  • 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

Projects completed or initiated by Friends of Iroquois NWR:

  • Provided camera equipment so that the public and staff can view live Kestrels, bluebirds and tree swallows during the breeding and nesting season with no disturbance to the birds.
  • Supporting interns for refuge related projects.
  • Swallow Hollow Nature Trail completed and dedicated. FINWR provided partnerships, financing, planning and volunteer hours to complete this $500,000 project, which is now used for pleasure and educational programs. There is now a Guide-by-Cell opportunity along this trail!
  • Provided benches and rehabilitation to Kanyoo Trail so that visitors can view wildlife and nature. Partnered with the Boy Scouts, Iroquois Job Corps, and HSBC for this project. Interpretive signs created and installed.
  • Water control structure purchased and installed on Cayuga sub-impoundment to enhance shore bird habitat and wildlife viewing.
  • Supporting the Canisius Ambassadors for Conservation program which has introduced 18,803 school children and adults to the N.W. Refuge System, giving them an understanding of nature, biodiversity and conservation. In 2016, 1,258 students and chaperones from 20 schools participated.
  • Funded the drilling of a well which monitors ground water levels.
  • Supporting educational opportunities for volunteers and staff.
  • Volunteers generally contribute several thousand hours of service each year.
  • FINWR continues to support special events such as the Youth Fishing Derby, the Spring Into Nature Open House, Iroquois Observations program, Youth Waterfowl Orientation Day, Annual Photo Contest, Purple Martin Program, Blue Bird Banding, and a roadside trash pickup around INWR.
  • In 2016, FINWR continued to support additionally the Seneca Pool Restoration and new interpretive trail available near the Visitor Center.
  • The Flyway Nature Store provides nature related gifts and books with profits being used to support the projects and mission of the refuge.

FINWR continues to expand membership and seek donations.
Friends of Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge
1101 Casey Road, Basom, NY 14013
Phone: (585) 948-5445 Fax: (585) 948-9538

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The 2016-17 Annual FINWR Amateur Photo Contest rules and submission form are here!

Past Photo Contest Winners

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FINWR can use your help in many interesting ways. Opportunities for donating your time are available for those that like to reach out and meet other people as well as for those that like to work behind the scenes. Please look for opportunities in our latest newslettter, or contact the refuge at (585)-948-5445 or click on join now.

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Friends of Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge
1101 Casey Road
Basom, New York 14013
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