Due to the federal government shutdown, INWR Headquarters Office will be closed  until further notice.   More information at  www.doi.gov/shutdown.

The Habitat for Native Pollinators IO activity scheduled for February 2 is going to be held at the Medina Memorial Library from 10-11 AM. Michael Klepp is the teacher and you can Register by calling his phone 716-572-3205.

Below is a link for applying for internship assisting the Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge and Fisheries on urban projects. This is a 12-week internship. The tentative start date for this specific internship is January 2019.


Highway Trash Pickup (Adopt A Highway)

Sponsored by Friends of Iroquois NWR

Where: Route 63 – Refuge property, Casey Road north to Dunlop – Fletcher Chapel Road. 3.2 miles.

When: Date: Saturday, May 4, 2019 @ 9:00 AM. Meet at Headquarters, Shop area for Safety instructions, issuance of safety equipment and team assignment.

Trash pickup 9:30 AM-1 PM.

Rain date: Saturday, May 11. Call Refuge at 585-948-5445 Ext. 7057 if you are unsure of weather conditions on May 4th.

We need a minimum of eight people to form four teams to accomplish this task in a reasonable time. (More people would make the task easier) Please contact Carl Zenger by April 29th at 716-434-7568, email cpzenger@gmail.com to sign up or if you have questions. Thanks for helping to keep your Refuge clean.

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

The next Great Backyard Bird Count is February 15-18, 2019

Bird watchers of all ages count birds to create a real-time snapshot of where birds are.  http://gbbc.birdcount.org/


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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