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Montezuma Audubon Center Programs and Events

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

Spring Programs

Spring into action at the Montezuma Audubon Center with these family-friendly programs and special events. Bird watching walks, tours of the Montezuma Wetlands Complex, Braddock Bay Raptor Research, and Cornell’s Lab of Ornithology, guided paddling trips around Montezuma, the Wildlife Festival and Scout programs are great ways to experience the spring waterfowl, birds of prey, and songbird migration. Space is limited for all programs and registration is required.

Space is limited and registration is required for all programs. Please call 315-365-3588 or e-mail montezuma@audubon.org.

ALL PROGRAMS ARE AT THE MONTEZUMA AUDUBON CENTER, 2295 STATE ROUTE 89, SAVANNAH, NY, 13146 UNLESS OTHERWISE NOTED.

Wood Duck Photo by Dave Spier

Click here to download the Spring programs brochure. 

  • Friday, April 5th, 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.  Spring Migration Van Tour  The Montezuma Wetlands Complex is Audubon’s first globally significant Important Bird Area because of the incredible number of ducks, geese and swans that stop here during the spring and fall migrations. Enjoy a leisurely ride in the Audubon van for an excursion to Montezuma’s birding hot spots where a variety of waterfowl, songbirds, shorebirds, and breeding Osprey and Bald Eagles can be seen. Binoculars and field guides will be provided. Fee: $8/child; $15/adult. PRE-PAID RESERVATIONS REQUIRED.
  • Friday, April 12th, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.  Montezuma Sunset Hike  **DUE TO THE FORECAST FOR STORMS THIS EVENING, THE MONTEZUMA SUNSET HIKE HAS BEEN CANCELLED. ** Join us for a walk around the Montezuma Audubon Center’s marshes to explore our wildlife as they prepare for their nighttime activities. We will search for amphibians like spring peepers, wood frogs, and spotted salamanders, American Woodcock will be peenting in the dusk light and soaring high during their breeding displays. Wear shoes/boots that can wet. The walk will be easy to moderate with flat trails but with some uneven footing on the berms around the marshes. Fee: $5/child, $8/adult, $25/family. *FREE for Friends of the Montezuma Wetlands Complex. PRE-RESERVATIONS REQUIRED.
  • Wednesday, April 17th, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.  Spring Break Day of Play  It’s springtime and time to explore. Children ages 6-10 are welcome to join us for outdoor and indoor activities including pond exploration, crafts, games, and more. Pack boots, a lunch, snack, and water bottle. Fee: $25/child, $40/two children; PRE-PAID RESERVATIONS REQUIRED.
  • Saturday, April 20th, 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.  Girl Scout Cadettes Archery Badge  Archery is an exciting sport that takes strength, focus, good form and practice. Girl Scout Cadettes are invited to Heritage Outdoor Sports (1886 Melvin Hill Rd, Phelps) to learn about archery equipment, the proper way to draw a bow, and how to make the bull’s eye.  Scouts will challenge themselves as they build archery skills and learn how to shoot on a range. All scouts must be accompanied by a parent, leader, or chaperoneFee:  $20/Scout. PRE-PAID RESERVATIONS REQUIRED.
  • Saturday, April 20th, 1:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.  Montezuma’s Bird Migration Van Tour   The Montezuma Wetlands Complex is Audubon’s first globally significant Important Bird Area because of the incredible number of ducks, geese and swans that stop here during the spring and fall migrations. Enjoy a leisurely ride in the Audubon van for an excursion to Montezuma’s birding hot spots where a variety of waterfowl, songbirds, shorebirds, and breeding Osprey and Bald Eagles can be seen. Binoculars and field guides will be provided. Fee: $8/child; $15/adult. PRE-PAID RESERVATIONS REQUIRED.
  • Friday, April 26th, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.  Cornell Lab of Ornithology Van Tour  Have you ever wondered what goes on behind the closed doors at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology? Wonder no more. Join us in our van as we travel to Ithaca to meet an Audubon NY scientist for a guided birdwatching walk to explore the warblers, vireos and other Neotropical migrants. Afterwards, we will meet with a Research Analyst in the Bioacoustics Research Department for a behind-the-scenes tour of the Lab. Please pack a lunch. Fee:  $18/child, $25/adult.  PRE-PAID RESERVATIONS REQUIRED.
  • Saturday, April 27th, 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.  Project WILD & Project Flying WILD Educators workshop  Educators will be certified in both Project WILD and Project Flying WILD.  The Project WILD K-12 Curriculum and Activity Guide focuses on wildlife and habitat. The newly updated Project WILD is organized into topic units and is based on conceptual framework.  New to Project WILD are “In Step with STEM” Activity extensions and Field Investigation Activities.  Targeted for the middle-school audience, though widely adaptable, Flying WILD offers practical hands-on classroom and outdoor field investigation experiences connecting real-world experiences in bird biology, conservation and natural history.  Please pack a lunch. Fee:  Free. PRE- REGISTRATION REQUIRED.
  • Saturday, May 4th, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.  13th Annual Wildlife Festival   Join us for our largest event of the year which will feature a great lineup of family-friendly activities including food trucks, a 24’ tall rock wall, animal presentations, live music, nature-based magic shows, a bounce house, local art vendors, games, conservation exhibitors, a native plant sale, bird box building, guided birdwatching walks and canoeing excursions. Fee: $5/person, $20/family.
  • Wednesday, May 8th, 5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.  Montezuma Birdwatching Tour   he Montezuma Wetlands Complex is teeming with migratory songbirds, marsh birds, and other wildlife this time of year. Join us for an evening van tour through the Montezuma's marshes, forests and grasslands to explore the abundant wildlife as they prepare for their nocturnal activities. Bring your camera to capture images of the beautiful habitats and wildlife. Binoculars and field guides provided. Fee: $8/child, $15/adult. PRE-PAID RESERVATIONS REQUIRED.
  • Saturday, May 11th, 1:00 p.m. – 4:00p.m.  Warblers and Wine Van Tour   Join us for a trip to Thorpe Vineyard, located along the Lake Ontario shoreline in Wolcott, NY. During the tour, guests will sample award-winning wines at the winery and then explore nearby Chimney Bluffs State Park to search for Cerulean Warblers and nearly two dozen other warbler species. Short distance, easy to moderate hiking will be part of the program. Must be 21+ to participate. Fee: $20/adult includes wine tasting. PRE-PAID RESERVATIONS REQUIRED. 
  • Saturday, May 11th, 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.  Scouts BSA Merit Badge: Amphibians & Reptiles  Scouts are invited to complete the requirements for the Reptile and Amphibian Study Merit Badge during a fun and interactive program. As always, please be prepared to go outside, and dress appropriately for the weather. Pre-requisites/pre-registration is required.  All scouts must be accompanied by a parent, leader, or chaperone.  Fee: $8/Scout. PRE- REGISTRATION REQUIRED.
  • Wednesday, May 22nd, 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.  Montezuma Wildlife Tour   The Montezuma Wetlands Complex is teeming with migratory songbirds, marsh birds, and other wildlife this time of year. Join us for a van tour around Montezuma’s marshes, forests and grasslands to explore the abundant wildlife. Everything from snapping turtles, to Bald Eagles, to muskrats can be seen. Bring your camera to capture images of the beautiful habitats and wildlife. Binoculars and field guides provided. Fee: $8/child, $15/adult. PRE-PAID RESERVATIONS REQUIRED.
  • Saturday, May 25th, 8:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.  Howland’s Island Birding Tour  Spring songbird migration and breeding season is underway so join us for an early morning tour behind the locked gates of Howland’s Island. We’ll drive onto the island and make stops along the way listening and looking for migrants like the Warbling Vireo, Scarlet Tanager, and nearly two dozen Warbler species. We will also highlight the 10,000-year cultural and natural history of this unique island habitat. PRE-PAID RESERVATIONS REQUIRED. Binoculars and bird guides will be provided. Fee: $8/child; $15/adult.
  • Saturday, June 1st, 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.  Howland’s Island Paddle Tour  Calling all paddlers- first timers to those with experience. Join us for our first paddle of the season, exploring the edge of Howland’s Island which is rich with birds, other wildlife and history. We will look and listen for breeding warblers, like the Prothonotary and the Cerulean. The route is up to 3 miles, round trip, and is on calm, flat water. Tandem canoes, solo kayaks, paddles, and PFDs can be rented or you can bring your own. Fee: $10/child without rental, $15/adult without rental, $25/solo kayak rental, $40/canoe rental (maximum 2 adults plus 1 child). PRE-PAID RESERVATIONS REQUIRED. 
  • Wednesday, June 5th, 1:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.  Northern Montezuma Birding Tour  Leave the driving to us as we explore the Northern part of the Montezuma Wetlands Complex. We will take the Audubon van to several locations looking and listening for nesting birds including marsh birds and songbirds. Nearly two dozen Warbler species could be present, as well as Sandhill Cranes, Bald Eagles, Osprey, and more. We will also highlight the 10,000-year cultural and natural history of this unique area. PRE-PAID RESERVATIONS REQUIRED. Binoculars and bird guides will be provided. Fee: $8/child; $15/adult.
  • Saturday, June 8th, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 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 boardwalk through the swamp and explore the birds and other wildlife that live there. Binoculars and field guides will be provided, and don’t forget your camera. 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.
  • Thursday, June 13th, 3:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.  Montezuma Birdwatching Tour  The Montezuma Wetlands Complex is teeming with eagles, osprey, herons, and songbirds. Join us for a van tour through Montezuma's marshes, forests and grasslands to explore the abundant wildlife as they go about their daily activities. Bring your camera to capture images of the beautiful habitats and wildlife. Binoculars and field guides provided. Fee: $8/child, $15/adult. PRE-PAID RESERVATIONS REQUIRED.
  • Saturday, June 15th, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.  Sunset Birding Tour  Summer is almost here, and the days are getting longer. Join us for a dusk van tour of Montezuma’s birding hot spots where dozens of species can be seen and heard! Waterfowl, shorebirds, songbirds, and raptors are all likely possibilities to be spotted.  Pre-paid reservations are required! Fee: $8/child; $15/adult, $40/family.
  • Saturday, June 22nd, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.  Summer Solstice Celebration Paddle  Celebrate with us on the first day of summer as we paddle near the Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and enjoy the nesting birds, basking turtles, soaring eagles, and singing frogs. Tandem canoes, solo kayaks, paddles, and PFDs can be rented or you can bring your own. Fee: $10/child without rental, $15/adult without rental, $25/solo kayak rental, $40/canoe rental (maximum 2 adults plus 1 child). PRE-PAID RESERVATIONS REQUIRED. 
  • Thursday, June 27th, 9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.  Montezuma Birdwatching Tour  The Montezuma Wetlands Complex is teeming with breeding songbirds, marsh birds, and other wildlife this time of year. Join us for a van tour through Montezuma's marshes, forests and grasslands to explore the abundant wildlife as they go about their morning activities. Bring your camera to capture images of the beautiful habitats and wildlife. Binoculars and field guides provided. Fee: $8/child, $15/adult. PRE-PAID RESERVATIONS REQUIRED. 
  • Saturday, June 29th, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.  Crusoe Creek Paddle  Join us for a paddle along Crusoe Creek while we look and listen for secretive wetland birds like herons and American Bittern, and maybe catch a glimpse of a beaver or river otter. This paddle is under a mile long, and on flat, calm waters and is perfect for a first time paddler. Tandem canoes, solo kayaks, paddles, and PFDs are available to rent or you can bring your own. Fee: $10/child without rental, $15/adult without rental, $25/solo kayak rental, $40/canoe rental (maximum 2 adults plus 1 child). PRE-PAID RESERVATIONS REQUIRED. 

 

Bald Eagle Photo by Greg Craybas

“Onondaga Lake Birds of Prey”: An Onondaga Lake Conservation Corps Photography Exhibit

Saturday, March 30, from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. and Sunday, March 31, from 1 - 4 p.m.

Honeywell’s Onondaga Lake Visitors Center

Suggested donation $5/person and $15/family

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Join us for the Onondaga Lake Conservation Corps Photography Exhibit: “Onondaga Lake Birds of Prey”

Local wildlife photographers will display colorful images of birds of prey taken in recently restored and enhanced areas along the Onondaga Lake shoreline at the “Onondaga Lake Birds of Prey” photography exhibit. The event will showcase the diverse range of species, including Bald Eagles, Osprey, Turkey Vultures, hawks, owls, and falcons, that have returned to Onondaga Lake. The Onondaga Lake Conservation Corps is hosting the exhibit in partnership with Honeywell, Audubon New York, and NextEra Energy.

Visitors will meet the photographers who captured the images and will have an opportunity to look for birds in their natural habitat with experts from the Montezuma Audubon Center and Onondaga Audubon. For the first time, the images displayed will be for sale to the public. Images of designated smaller sizes can also be ordered during the event. All proceeds will benefit Onondaga Lake Conservation Corps bird conservation and environmental education.

Onondaga Lake became a priority Audubon Important Bird Area (IBA) in 1998 and was subsequently adopted by Honeywell, Montezuma Audubon Center, and Onondaga Audubon because of its value to waterfowl and Bald Eagles during the winter months. The IBA program serves as a catalyst for achieving bird conservation.

The Onondaga Lake Conservation Corps seeks to inspire future stewards of Onondaga Lake and its watershed through a hands-on, experience-based program that offers citizens and organizations the opportunity to participate in activities that help restore and sustain Onondaga Lake and its value as an IBA. Since its formation in 2012, more than 850 community members have participated in Corps events.

The Corps was founded by Honeywell in partnership with Montezuma Audubon Center and Onondaga Audubon and is now an Audubon New York program. Additional Corps supporters include Parsons, OBG, Anchor QEA, Bond Schoeneck & King, State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry, and Wild Ones Habitat Gardening in CNY Chapter.

As part of the Onondaga Lake cleanup, Honeywell has already restored about 90 acres of wetlands and about 1.1 million native plants are being planted. More than 260 wildlife species are now calling these areas home, and 130 unique bird species have been identified in and around Onondaga Lake. Honeywell also is working with federal and state governments on additional projects to restore and protect wildlife habitats and enhance recreational opportunities, including creating 100 acres of new native grassland habitat and conserving about 1,600 acres within the watershed.

To learn more about the Onondaga Lake Conservation Corps or participate in future activities, please contact montezuma@audubon.org, visit http://ny.audubon.org/OLCC, or call 315-365-3588. Schools, community groups, local organizations, and individuals are welcome. Like the Corps on Facebook or Instagram, or visit YouTube to learn more.

When:

Saturday, March 30, 2019  9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Sunday, March 31, 2019  1 - 4 p.m.

Where:

Honeywell’s Onondaga Lake Visitors Center

From Points West: Take I-690 East to Exit 7, turn left onto State Fair Boulevard, take the first left passing under I-690, drive straight toward the lake and follow signs to the Onondaga Lake Visitors Center.

From Points East: Take I-690 West to Exit 7, turn right at the off ramp and follow signs to the Onondaga Lake Visitors Center.

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