Get Your 2019 Iroquois Observations Schedule Here. 2019_IO Spring

NOTICE: The Saturday May 18 I/O Event: Wildflower Photography  HAS BEEN MOVED to Saturday May 11th from 9 to 11 am.

Annual Eagle Watch
Every Saturday March 30 - April 27 • 1 - 4 pm

The established nest at the Cayuga Overlook (Rt. 77) does not appear to be active this year.

So, we are moving our activity. An eagle's nest with 2 chicks is visible at the Ringneck Marsh Overlook. Here's a Google map to locate it. Come by and watch with us.

Spring into Nature

Celebration is on Saturday
April 27, 2019 from 9 am–4 pm.

This year’s theme is Little critters mean a lot! Activities for the day include nature related exhibits, hands-on activities for kids, live birds, reptiles, and amphibians, various speakers and demonstrations throughout the day, and more. The day’s activities will be hosted at the Visitor Center located on Casey Road; although, the Bald Eagle Watch will be hosted at the Cayuga Overlook on Route 77.  Download 2019 SpIN flyer


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 to sign up or if you have questions. Thanks for helping to keep your Refuge clean.

Audio Tours are 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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