We’re dedicated to enhancing the habitat of the Montezuma Wetlands Complex & Surrounding Important Bird Areas.
Bald Eagle Photo: Bryce Flynn/Audubon Photography Awards
The Montezuma Audubon Center (MAC) is a state-owned facility operated through a cooperative agreement between the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) and the National Audubon Society. Managed by Audubon New York, the MAC houses a large exhibit area, classroom, nature store, office area, auditorium, and a meeting room. On its 198 acres, there are five different types of habitat, two restored freshwater marshes, two-miles of hiking trails, and an all-access observation platform.
The MAC is located in the Northern Montezuma State Wildlife Management Area in Savannah and provides a gateway to the Montezuma Wetlands Complex and National Wildlife Refuge. Montezuma provides resting, feeding, and nesting habitat for waterfowl and other migratory birds. Montezuma is situated in the middle of one of the most active flight lanes in the Atlantic Flyway. Through strategic partnerships, Audubon reintroduces audiences of all ages to nature with a diverse range of programs that highlight the critical importance of habitats focusing on wetland ecology, migration, and habitat restoration and improvements.
Audubon New York operates the center in partnership with the State Department of Environmental Conservation, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Ducks Unlimited, The Nature Conservancy, and Pheasants Forever in the planning of educational and interpretative programs and exhibits.
Bird list from our first tour on May 6, 2019 Species: Canada Goose, Wild Turkey, Mourning Dove, Killdeer, Turkey Vulture, Osprey, Bald Eagle, Red-tailed Hawk, Northern Flicker, American Kestrel, Blue Jay, Tree Swallow, Barn Swallow, White-breasted Nuthatch, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Eastern Bluebird, American Robin, Gray Catbird, Brown Thrasher, Northern Mockingbird, European Starling, Field Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Eastern Towhee, Baltimore Oriole, Red-winged Blackbird, Brown-headed Cowbird, Common Grackle, Ovenbird, Black-and-white Warbler, American Redstart, Northern Parula, Yellow Warbler, Black-throated Blue Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Black-throated Green Warbler, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Northern Cardinal
Bird list from May 13, 2019 Species: Canada Goose, Wood Duck, Mallard, Wild Turkey, Mourning Dove, Killdeer, Great Blue Heron, Green Heron, Turkey Vulture, Bald Eagle, Red-tailed Hawk, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Downy Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, Least Flycatcher, Blue Jay, American Crow, Barn Swallow, Red-breasted Nuthatch, House Wren, Wood Thrush, American Robin, Gray Catbird, Northern Mockingbird, American Goldfinch, Field Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Eastern Towhee, Baltimore Oriole, Red-winged Blackbird, Common Grackle, Black-and-white Warbler, Common Yellowthroat, American Redstart, Northern Parula, Blackburnian Warbler, Yellow Warbler, Black-throated Blue Warbler, Black-throated Green Warbler, Northern Cardinal, Rose-breasted Grosbeak
Chris Lajewski, Center Director of the Montezuma Audubon Center, will be leading upcoming Special Bird Watching Tours on May 6, 13, 20 and June 3, 17, 24. Space is limited and registration is required. Visit http://www.senecawhitedeer.org to register.