The refuge supports and encourages an active volunteer program. Depending on their skills, interests, and available time, volunteers can assist with the biological, outreach, maintenance, public use, educational or administrative tasks on the refuge. If you have the time and the willingness to make a commitment, we'd love to talk to you about your interests in volunteering.
Resource Management Volunteer
Assist biologists with a variety of field work related to wildlife management. Experience or education in the fields of biology, conservation, management or similar subjects required.
Resource Management Volunteer Description (pdf)
Assist Maintenance staff with many aspects of the day-to-day maintenance projects.
Maintenance Volunteer Description (pdf)
Visitor Contact Station Volunteer
Greet visitors and provide helpful and accurate information and materials. Greatest need is in the spring when we receive 1/2 of our annual visitation.
Visitor Contact Station Volunteer Description (pdf)
Naturalist Interpreter Volunteer
Present interpretive programs to the public, on site and off site. The goal of interpretation is to promote a conservation ethic in visitors by increasing awareness and understanding of the fish and wildlife resource, and the natural environment.
Naturalist Interpreter Volunteer Description (pdf)
The Friends of Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge, Inc. 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. The Friends sponsor many of the refuge’s special events and activities including Spring into Nature and Youth Turkey Hunt to name a couple. More information about the Friends can be found at http://www.friendsofiroquoisnwr.org/.
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Over the years, two pairs of bald eagles have established nest sites on the refuge. Eagles start nesting behavior in January and continue until eaglets fledge in July. Eagles stay on or near the refuge for most of the year, leaving only to find open water in winter or in times of drought. When visiting Cayuga Overlook, the eagles are likely to be observed flying above.