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Get Involved. The 115th Christmas Bird Count will be conducted from Sunday, December 14, 2014
through Monday, January 5, 2015.

Count Date 12/14/2014
Abbrev: NYBU
Name: Buffalo
Description: center baseline rd. grand i. halfway between love & staley rds.
First Name: David A
Last Name: Gordon

Count Date: 12/20/2014
Abbrev NYWL
Name: Wilson-Lake Plains
First Name: Garner
Last Name: Light

Count Date: 12/29/2014
Abbrev: NYOO
Name: Oak Orchard Swamp
Description center jct. genesee - orleans co. line & hwy 63.
First Name: Celeste
Last Name: Morien

Our 2014 Photo Contest Winners are now posted.

Our Newsletter, The Overlook, is now all-digital.

With changes in policy at the Refuge, and in our efforts to reduce costs, we will no longer be printing our newsletter for members.

"It is eco-friendly allowing us to conserve on paper and ink, we can easily link you to other sites, and we have less restrictions on photos, length and number of articles because there are no printing considerations. We hope you appreciate and support this change, and don’t forget to keep us current with your email address. We will still mail to any members requesting paper copies."

~Sandy Mendel

As always, the newsletters are available here on our website.

Please support our FINWR Board.
We are against the proposed Frontier Stone Quarry
in Shelby.

Select the above image for a closer look

At the meeting on April 30th, 2014 public response to the company's plans (to open a 215 acre dolomite and limestone quarry on land near the INWR Refuge) was largely negative.


  • Copies of the draft environmental impact statement (DEIS) are online at (in 7 volumes. 181Mb total download) or can be read at Shelby Town Hall or in the Lee-Whedon Memorial Library in Medina.
  • This article by John W. Caffrey and Inga L. Fricke contains methods for using local land use regulations to control mining activities in communities.

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 Us,
The Friends of Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge, Inc

  • Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge (INWR) is the ONLY National Wildlife Refuge in Western New York
  • INWR 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.
  • 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.

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.
  • Sponsoring 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. In 2013, the interpretive panels were replaced.
  • 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 in Conservation program which has introduced approximately 12,000 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.
  • Funded the drilling of a well which monitors ground water levels.
  • Sponsoring educational opportunities for volunteers and staff.
  • Volunteers generally contribute several thousand hours of service each year.
  • FINWR continues to sponsor special events such as the Youth Fishing Derby, the Spring Into Nature Open 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 trash pickup around INWR.
  • 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 profits being used to support the projects and mission of the refuge.


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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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