FINWR Inc Friends of Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge

Great Egrets gather at the Mohawk Pool – (photo by Celeste Morien)

Great Egret Excursion Program

This year’s Great Egret Excursion was held on the evening of September 7. Thirty people met at Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge at the Cayuga Pool Overlook for this exciting program....

Virginia Rail

Rails

Rails have rightly been called shadow birds. Both species that occur here regularly, the Virginia rail and the sora, are small — barely robin-sized — chubby, drab-colored birds that lurk,...

Photo Caption: Prescribed burn at Iroquois NWR (Paul Hess, USFWS)

Hot Burning In A Wet Habitat

You may notice a black field on the west side of Hwy 63 near Iroquois NWR. That is because on May 22nd a crew of 15 wildland firefighters performed a...

Poison Ivy Plants

Nature Matters: Poison Ivy

It’s just scratching the surface to know that poison ivy (Toxicodendron radicans) causes a blistery itch. The sap, or oil, that poison ivy produces is called urushiol which is a...

fisher (Martes pennanti)

Fishers

A fisher (Martes pennanti) is no measly weasel. The largest member of this family is making a comeback in New York State. Once nearly eliminated in all of the U.S....

Baby Red Squirrel, Photo by Bob Hazen

Red Squirrel

My quiet early morning is suddenly interrupted by a staccato churring cry. After screaming at me, a red squirrel dashes along a downed log and up onto a stump. There...