Described as “one of the best kept secrets in Western New York”, the Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge is the largest in the state. With a state of the art visitor center and over 10,000 acres, there’s plenty here to explore.
The Visitor Center:
When people visit the center they get a quick snapshot of what the Fish and Wildlife Service is all about, what the Refuge is all about, and all there is to see and do. Upon entering the center, visitors are greeted by a flock of birds in flight and below by footsteps, both animal and men.
Each exhibit represents part of the refuge: upland forest, forested wetlands and emergent marshes.
Other displays include interactive stations where visitors can control a camera aimed at a habitat on the refuge, scanning marsh to find wildlife and more. Don’t forget to browse the gift shop area before you leave!
What to do:
Birding: Avid birdwatchers can find their favorite species using the eBird Trail Tracker. Find what birds have been sighted on the refuge in the last 30 days, and where the best places to see them are. The refuge is part of the Atlantic Flyway and its 10,828 acres are habitat for at least 266 bird species, including bald eagles! In the spring, one of the most impressive sights is the migration of tens of thousands of geese.
Hunting, Fishing & More: Non-birders and outdoor explorers can enjoy the outdoors year-round with activities like hunting, fishing and canoeing. The refuge also hosts a variety of educational activities, including owl prowls, bird walks, fishing derbies, star gazing and more. This Wildlife Refuge is home to over 42 species of mammals, plus reptiles, fish, amphibians and insects so you’re sure to experience nature during your visit. In the winter months, grab some friends and cross country ski or snowshoe the trails -- perfect for enthusiasts and beginners alike!
The INWR is a great place for visitors to experience the great outdoors in every season of the year - crisscrossed by public trails, it provides easy access to viewing areas and scenic stops. It is one of over 540 National Wildlife Refuges in the United States managed by the US Fish and Wildlife Service. The National Wildlife Refuge system is the only network of federal lands dedicated specifically to wildlife conservation.