Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge
Posted by: davmllr
N 43° 06.750 W 078° 24.180
17T E 711295 N 4776581
Quick Description: Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge lies within the rural township of Alabama, New York, midway between Buffalo and Rochester. Locally it's called the "Alabama Swamp".
Location: New York, United States
Date Posted: 3/5/2008 3:21:55 PM
Waymark Code: WM3AJ2
The refuge consists of 10,818 acres of freshwater marshes, and hardwood swamps bounded by woods, forests, fields and wet meadows, serve the habitat needs of many animals as a major stopover point for migrating birds and as a year-round residence.
On May 19, 1958 the federal government established the Oak Orchard National Wildlife Refuge, using money from the sale of Migratory Bird Conservation Stamps, or "Duck Stamps". To avoid confusion with the neighboring Oak Orchard State Wildlife Management Area, the refuge was renamed Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge in 1964, in respect of the Iroquois nation. Many areas of the refuge are namesakes for these early inhabitants.
Active habitat management on the refuge insures high quality food, water, shelter and space for a wide variety of wildlife. Left alone, the entire area would be flooded in the spring and dry from April through November. A system of dikes (man-made barriers) and dams controls water levels on the twelve pools (impoundments) and marshes as well as the Oak Orchard Creek.
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