FINWR Inc Friends of Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge

Monarch Butterfly, photo by Lauren Tingco

From Milkweed to Monarchs

This morning I spotted a Monarch Butterfly (Danaus plexippus) on the flowering Swamp Milkweed (Asclepias incarnata) in my backyard. Monarchs are from the Nymphalidae (nym-PHAL-li-dee) family, subfamily Danainae (dah-NAY-i-nee) because...

Male Luna Moth on Sweetgum Tree. Photo by Celeste Morien.

Musings on a Luna Moth

A few weeks ago, we found this gorgeous Luna Moth in our yard, near a sweetgum tree. The moth was in good condition, but seemed unable to fly. We decided...

Explore the refuge during these difficult times; nurture curiosity, discover wonder and find respite. Photo by Karin Johnson

Respite at the Refuge

Come forth into the light of things.  Let Nature be your teacher. William Wordsworth We live in unusual times; times when everything seems uncertain …health, jobs, education, politics, relationships, the...

Foamflower, native to the area, grows in patches all along Kanyoo Trail. Photo by Celeste Morien

New York Native Wildflower: the Foamflower

Foamflower (Tiarella cordifolia) is a native wildflower that grows in rich moist woods.  This plant has attractive medium-green lobed leaves and the white flowers are arranged on 8” – 10” tall...