As of March 20, the Refuge Headquarters Building is closed until further notice. This means there is no volunteer work, including solitary field work, and no one is allowed in the office, shop, or any buildings, at this time. Trails and overlooks remain open as long as social distancing and other CDC-recommended practices are observed.

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

Download the Iroquois Observations 2020 Full Year  Program Brochure.

Programs have been postponed or cancelled until further notice.


Spring Into Nature

Date TBD

"Focus on Climate Challenge"


Carl Zenger receives commemorative plaque from INWR manager Tom Roster. The plaque recognizes Carl for the 35,000 hours of service he has volunteered at the refuge.

Volunteer Carl Zenger was recognized at the Iroquois Observations event on 2/1 for reaching an amazing 35,000 hours of volunteer time.

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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If you are an AmazonSmile customer, you can now support FINWR, Inc. in the Amazon shopping app on your Android device! Simply follow these instructions to turn on AmazonSmile and start generating donations.

1. If you have the latest version of the Amazon Shopping App, open the App on your Android device.
2. View Settings and select AmazonSmile.
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AmazonSmile is not currently available for iOS users. We will notify AmazonSmile charities when it becomes available.

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