I’m Tom Barnes — you might know me from my TGIF with Tom column. And now, I’m bringing you Tuesday Trek! Each Tuesday, I’ll give you some insight about a refuge destination you might enjoy. Planning a winter vacation? Spring break? I might know the perfect spot for your upcoming travels!
Halfway between Buffalo and the City of Quality, Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge is on the way to Niagara Falls, and the perfect place to stop and stretch your legs. Founded to manage the hardwood swamp and wetlands of the area, staff use a complex system series of impoundments to create ideal breeding and nesting conditions for wildlife. As Iroquois is on the Atlantic Flyway, migratory birds and waterfowl take shelter here along their continental migration.
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For two legged mammals like us, there are plenty of opportunities for observing and photographing wildlife, or hunting and fishing. The refuge also hosts hundreds of school-aged children every year through a partnership with Canisius College, dubbed “Canisius Ambassadors for Conservation,” in order to teach these future conservationists the importance of environmental awareness.