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Montezuma Audubon Center Programs and Events

Join the fun with the MAC's nature inspired events!

Autumn Programs

The Montezuma Audubon Center’s autumn programs are a great way to connect with nature and spend time with friends and family. Birding hikes and van tours, Happy Owl-ween, home school programs and special events will help you experience the millions of waterfowl, shorebirds, songbirds and birds of prey that migrate through the Montezuma Wetlands Complex. Space is limited. Registration required. Call 315-365-3588 or e-mail montezuma@audubon.org.

ALL PROGRAMS ARE AT THE MONTEZUMA AUDUBON CENTER, 2295 ROUTE 89, SAVANNAH, NY, UNLESS OTHERWISE NOTED.

Photo: Sandhill Cranes by Doug Racine.

Click here to download the autumn program schedule. 

Sept. 22, Saturday 12:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.  Howland’s Island BYOBike Tour    Join us for the inaugural biking tour of Howland’s Island. Participants will enjoy an undulating, 3-mile cycle on gravel roads, getting to enjoy a lesser seen side of the Montezuma Wetlands Complex. Howland’s Island is rich in cultural history and is also a hub for a variety of songbirds, shorebirds, and waterfowl. You must provide your own non-motorized bicycle and helmet. Binoculars and field guides will be provided. Directions to the meeting point will be provided upon participant registration. Fee: $5/child; $10/adult, $25/family. PRE-PAID RESERVATIONS REQUIRED.

Sept. 29, Saturday 10:00 a.m. -  5:00 p.m.  4th Annual Savannah Arts Festival   Fine artists, photographers, sculptors, crafters, quilters, jewelers, wood workers, and other talented people will show and sell their handcrafted creations at this fun, family event. The festival will also feature great food, live music, fine art contests, photography contests, art workshops, sidewalk chalk art, Lego building, the Trashin’ Fashion Runway Show, prizes, and more! Vendor registration forms can be found at http://ny.audubon.org/montezuma. Admission: $5/person, $10/family.

Oct. 4, Thursday 3:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.  Migration Mania Van Tour   The peak of the waterfowl migration is upon us. Join us for a birding van tour to see dozens of ducks, geese and swans as they settle into Montezuma’s marshes to feed and rest. Binoculars and field guides will be provided. Fee: $8/child; $15/adult, $40/family. PRE-PAID RESERVATIONS REQUIRED.

Oct.  5, Friday 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.  Junior Home School Nature Series: Wildlife Camouflage (Ages 5-10)   All creatures great and small use their color, patterns and shape to survive in the wild. Some animals are brightly colored, others are dull. Some are spotted and some are striped. How do these adaptations help them hide from predators and find their prey? Learn about camouflage through fun games and activities while searching for wildlife in the forest, grassland and wetland. PRE-REGISTRTATION and PAYMENT are required. Fee: pay as you go: $8/class OR register and pre-pay for the series: 1st child: $28, 2nd child: $24, 3 or more:  $22/child.

Oct. 10, Wednesday 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.  Home School Nature Series: MOTUS Wildlife Tracking System (Ages 11-15)   Tracking the movement of animals is a challenge for wildlife biologists.  Using the latest technology, Montezuma Wetlands Complex scientists are monitoring and tracking migratory birds.  Students will learn how this radio telemetry system works and how the data guides our conservation work. PRE-REGISTRTATION and PAYMENT are required. Fee: $8/student.

Oct. 11, Thursday, 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.  Sunset Birding Walk at South Spring Trail, Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge   The peak of the bird migration is upon us. Join us for a casual, 1-mile stroll through a forest and wetland to see dozens of waterfowl and songbird species as they feed and rest in these unique habitats. The meeting point is the South Spring Pool Trail, Route 89 near Lay Road. Binoculars and field guides will be provided. Fee: $5/child, $10/adult, $20/family. FREE for Friends of the Montezuma Wetlands Complex. PRE-PAID RESERVATIONS REQUIRED.

Oct. 14, Sunday, 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Birding and Boating Fundraiser THIS EVENT IS FULL AND WE ARE NO LONGER ACCEPTING PARTICIPANTS.  Join us for a relaxing afternoon boat cruise through the Montezuma Wetlands Complex to explore the autumn bird migration, Montezuma's unique habitats and fall foliage, and the Cayuga-Seneca Canal's cultural history. The Montezuma Wetlands Complex is Audubon's first globally significant Important Bird Area and millions of migratory waterfowl, shorebirds, songbirds and raptors stop here during their impressive journey. Learn from Center Director Chris Lajewski how to identify these birds, what Audubon and our conservation partners are doing to protect these birds, and how we all play a role in conserving birds and the places they need, today and tomorrow.  Light refreshments, binoculars, spotting scopes, field guides and a silent auction are included. The cruise will leave from the Cowing Street boat dock, Seneca Falls, NY. Fee: $50/person; $90/couple. PRE-PAID RESERVATIONS REQUIRED.

Oct.  20, Saturday 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.  Happy Owl-ween   We are happy to welcome back Jean Soprano, of Kindred Kingdoms Wildlife Rehabilitation, who will have live owls on display during her presentation about the silent hunters of the night. Then, join our staff for a hike through the forest and grassland to explore the night sights and sounds. Fee: $5/child, $10/adult, $25/family.

Oct. 25, Thursday 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.  Montezuma Birding Van Tour   The peak of the waterfowl migration is upon us. Join us for a birding van tour around the Montezuma Wetlands Complex to learn how to identify dozens of duck, goose and swan species based on their calls and plumage. Binoculars and field guides will be provided. Fee: $8/child, $15/adult, $40/family. PRE-PAID RESERVATIONS REQUIRED.

Oct. 27, Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.  Huckleberry Swamp Hike   Participants will learn about one of Wayne County’s hidden treasures- Huckleberry Swamp located in North Rose, NY. Join us for a leisurely walk along an elevated board walk through the swamp and explore the birds and other wildlife that live there. The foliage will be beautiful too! Binoculars and field guides will be provided. Space is limited in our van or you can meet us at the swamp. Fee: $5/child, $10/adult, $25/family. PRE-PAID RESERVATIONS REQUIRED.

Nov. 3, Saturday, 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.  Cayuga Lake Wine and Wings Tour   Cayuga Lake is an Audubon designated Important Bird Area because of the incredible number of waterfowl that use the lake during migration seasons.  Hop in our van for an excursion to the north end of the lake where up to 30 species of ducks, geese and swans can be seen.  During the tour, we’ll stop at Apple Station Winery for wine tastings and learn how agriculture and wildlife thrive side by side. Binoculars and field guides will be provided. Must be 21+. Fee: $20/adult, includes wine tasting fees. PRE-PAID RESERVATIONS REQUIRED.

Nov. 3, Saturday, 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.  Boy Scout Merit Badge: Geology   Boy Scouts are invited to the MAC to complete the requirements for the Geology Merit Badge, through our fun and interactive afternoon program with regional geologist, Fred Hayes. Pre-requisites/pre-registration is required. All scouts must be accompanied by a parent, leader, or chaperone. Fee: $8/scout

Nov. 7, Wednesday 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.  Home School Nature Series: Geology (Ages 11-15)   Knowing what’s under the ground is as important as knowing what’s on it.  Students will learn how rocks can tell us about our past, and how they formed our region. Led by regional geologist, Fred Hayes, students will get hands-on opportunities to learn about rocks and our unique geological history. PRE-REGISTRTATION and PAYMENT are required. Fee: $8/student.

Nov. 8, Thursday 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.  Junior Home School Nature Series: Conserving Wildlife (Ages 5-10)   It is fun to play in the great outdoors but are our actions hurting wildlife and their habitats? Join us for hands-on demonstrations to learn how to enjoy nature while protecting wildlife and the places they need to survive. PRE-REGISTRTATION and PAYMENT are required. Fee: $8/student.

Nov. 17, Saturday 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.  Photography Class & Tour led by Zaphir Shamma.   Ever wonder how to take the best picture with your camera?  No camera is too big or small to take the perfect picture!  Join us for a traveling photography class lead by Western NY wildlife photographer, Zaphir Shamma. The class begins with a presentation with overviews of birding throughout the Montezuma Wetlands Complex and the fundamentals of photography.  Later, join us as we travel around the Montezuma Wetlands Complex exploring our wintering bird’s hot spots while receiving expert photographing advice.  Space is limited and PRE-PAID RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED. Fee: $50/adult.

Nov. 30, Friday 2:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.  Northern Montezuma Birding Van Tour   As the sun sets on a late autumn day, waterfowl are settling into Montezuma’s marshes and nocturnal raptors are getting ready to begin their dusk hunt. Hop in our van for an excursion to the northern part of the Montezuma Wetlands Complex to look for ducks, geese, swans, and wintering raptors. Binoculars, a spotting scope, and field guides will be provided. Fee: $8/child; $15/adult, $40/family. PRE-PAID RESERVATIONS REQUIRED.

Dec. 5, Wednesday 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.  Home School Nature Series: Climate Change (Ages 11-15)   The Earth’s climate is a complicated system. What’s the difference between weather and climate?  Is one extremely hot day caused by climate change?  Students will address the misconceptions of climate change while distinguishing fact from opinion. PRE-REGISTRTATION and PAYMENT are required. Fee: $8/class OR register and pre-pay for the

Dec. 7, Friday 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.  Junior Home School Nature Series: Fish Adaptations (Ages 5-10)   Winter is coming and fish will have to adapt to their icy environments to survive. But how will they do it? Explore the amazing characteristics that fish employ to survive in Montezuma’s waterways and learn where you can go to catch the big one. PRE-REGISTRTATION and PAYMENT are required. Fee: $8/student.

Dec. 8, Saturday, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.  Winter Wreath Workshop   While there aren’t many blooming plants during the winter months, there are many plants to be appreciated during the holiday season. Join us for a 1-mile stroll through the quiet woods to collect pine and hemlock boughs to make winter wreaths. Many birds like Northern Cardinals, Woodpeckers, and Black-capped Chickadees will be present in the woods, too. Enjoy light refreshments indoors while decorating wreaths after the walk. Fee: $15/person, 50% discount for Friends of the Montezuma Wetlands Complex. PRE-PAID RESERVATIONS REQUIRED.

Dec. 15, Saturday, 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Wine and Wings Birding Van Tour   The holiday season is here and so are our wintering raptors.  Join us as we head out in our van to look for elusive Short-eared Owls, hunting Northern Harriers, soaring Bald Eagles, and more.  During the tour we’ll stop at the Montezuma Winery for wine tastings and to learn how vineyards and Important Birds Areas happily exist side by side. Must be 21+. Binoculars, a spotting scope, and field guides will be provided. Fee $20/adult, includes tasting fee. PRE-PAID RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED

Dec. 17, Monday, all day  Christmas Bird Count   The Christmas Bird Count (CBC) is a long-standing program of the National Audubon Society, with over 100 years of citizen science involvement. It is an early-winter bird census, where thousands of volunteers across the US, Canada and many countries in the Western Hemisphere, go out over a 24-hour period on one calendar day to count birds.  As the CBC enters its 118th year, join us as we count the birds wintering throughout the Montezuma Wetlands Complex.  For more information, please call Chris Lajewski at (315) 365-3588 or email clajewski@audubon.org.

Dec. 19, Wednesday, 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.  Montezuma Birding Van Tour   Waterfowl have left their breeding grounds and are ready for the long, cold winter. Join us for a birding van tour to see dozens of ducks, geese and swans as they rest, feed, and socialize in Montezuma’s marshes. Binoculars, a spotting scope, and field guides will be provided. Fee: $8/child; $15/adult, $40/family. PRE-PAID RESERVATIONS REQUIRED.

 

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