HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Hollow is the most utilized trail at Iroquois National Wildlife
Refuge. The one mile loop is designed so that in
one mile of trail, a hiker can see almost every habitat type
available on the refuge, but what is the trail trying to
teach you? What are the woods, swamps, and wildlife attempting
Dr. Noonan of Canisius College, already involved in the
implementation of interpretative signs along Swallow Hollow
as well as running environmental education programs on
the trail, has now added a new dimension – Guide-by
Cell. Dr. Noonan has partnered with the Refuge to pilot
a new interpretive program using the Guide-by-Cell technology.
As part of this pilot project there are a series of 13
stations where a guest can stop, pull out their cell phone,
call a phone number, punch in the code at the station,
and listen to a bit of information about the part of the
trail he or she is observing. Dr. Noonan and the Ambassadors
carefully crafted the script for each station so that the
information adds to the experience of being out on the
The initial stations were set up in early June using temporary
plaques as the stations along the trail. This cell phone
interpretative program has been a success almost right
off the bat with 74 unique callers the first two weeks,
and a total of 160 unique callers making 428 calls, overall
thus far. So if you have not yet tried it, please stop
by Swallow Hollow to give a listen. The useful information
provided via this program will last throughout the change
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.
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
for Supporting Us,
The Friends of Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge, Inc
National Wildlife Refuge (INWR) is the ONLY National
Wildlife Refuge in Western New York
is visited by an estimated 40,000 people each
year. These visitors include hikers, photographers,
bird watchers, hunters, fishermen, and students of
conservation and wildlife.
FINWR may qualify for matching funds.
are tax deductible. FINWR is a registered
501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization. Check with
your tax advisor.
Projects Completed or initiated by Friends of Iroquois NWR:
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
for refuge related projects.
Nature Trail completed and dedicated. FINWR provided partnerships,
to complete this $500,000 project, which is now used
for pleasure and educational programs. In 2013, the
and rehabilitation to Kanyoo Trail so that visitors can
view wildlife and
with the Boy
Scouts, Iroquois Job Corps, and HSBC for this project.
Interpretive signs created and installed.
control structure purchased and installed on Cayuga sub-impoundment
to enhance shore bird
habitat and wildlife
Canisius Ambassadors in Conservation program which has
school children to
the N.W. Refuge System, giving them an understanding
of nature, biodiversity and conservation. In
2013, 1,757 students from
32 schools visited during 24 days.
drilling of a well which monitors ground water levels.
educational opportunities for volunteers and staff.
generally contribute several thousand hours of service
to sponsor special events such as the Youth Fishing Derby,
Spring Into Nature
House, Audubon Iroquois
Observations program, Youth Waterfowl
Orientation Day, Annual Photo Contest, the Take A Kid
Along program, Purple Martin
Program, Blue Bird Banding, and a roadside
In 2014, FINWR
is planning to support additionally a Seneca Pool Restoration
and new interpretive
trail available near
the Visitor Center.
The Flyway Nature
Store provides nature related gifts and books with
being used to
support the projects
of the refuge.