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National Wildlife Refuge consists
of 10,818 acres of diversified wetlands of which over
4000 acres are pools and marshes. The refuge draws most
attention during the Spring and Fall migration of waterfowl.
Peaks of migration from mid-March through early April
can average 40,000 to 80,000 Canada geese and over 4,000
ducks as well as many species of shore birds and songbirds.
refuge visitor center is open weekdays, and weekends during
peak migration periods.
MAP of the Refuge
Link to our Trails Information.
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 trail.
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
- The refuge is a
key link, serving the western portion of the Atlantic
- The refuge encompasses 10,828
acres which includes part of the ancient Oak Orchard
- Designated an Important
Bird Area by the National Audubon Society. Attracts
268 species of birds.
- Four distinct
habitats, forests, grasslands, emergent marsh
and hardwood swamp, found within the Refuge also support 42
species of mammals, plus amphibians, reptiles
wildflowers can be seen throughout the refuge
during spring, summer and fall along all the refuge nature
trails and roadsides.