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.
Artisans, community organizations and businesses will have the opportunity to connect with over 1,000 people from around the Finger Lakes Region
The Montezuma Audubon Center is accepting applications from vendors to participate in the 13th Annual Wildlife Festival on Saturday, May 4, 2019 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Pop-up tents, tables, and chairs are available to rent and outdoor site selection is on a first come, first served basis. The deadline to register as a vendor is April 27. Click here to download a vendor registration form.
The 13th Annual Wildlife Festival will celebrate the importance of the Montezuma Wetlands Complex for 300 bird species that migrate along the Atlantic Flyway. The Montezuma Wetlands Complex is a globally significant Important Bird Area that serves as a vital rest stop for hundreds of thousands of waterfowl during the spring and autumn migration. Additionally, the Complex is home to nine active Bald Eagle nests and an astounding 81 Bald Eagles during the winter months. The Wildlife Festival is an opportunity for people of all ages to explore and celebrate the birds and habitats of this dynamic ecosystem and interact with a variety of vendors from across New York State.
Highlights at the Wildlife Festival will be live animal presentations, food trucks, a Eurobungy ride, live music, children’s games and prizes, a huge bounce house, crafts and activities, family-friendly entertainment, guided bird watching hikes and canoeing excursions, a native plant sale, and over 40 vendors. Major support for the Wildlife Festival is provided by the Friends of the Montezuma Wetlands Complex. Additional support is provided by Adventures in Climbing and Big Dog Country Radio.