Montezuma Audubon Center


Sandhill Cranes
Sandhill Crane photo from Doug Racine.

Click here for our upcoming program schedule including the Youth Sportsman Summer Camps, Scout merit badges, Nature of Montezuma Lectures, Montezuma van tours, guided canoeing/kayaking tours, bird watching walks and more!





SAVANNAH ART FESTIVAL - August 22-23, 2015

Savannah Art Festival

Savannah is alive with color! Join us to enjoy art from fine area artists, an art/photography contest, great food, nature trails and so much more! Admission is $5.00 per person or $10.00 per family. Artists and vendors are encouraged to register by calling Steve Moore at (585) 424-0256 or Chris Lajewski at (315) 365-3588. Click here to register as a vendor today!

MONTEZUMA MUCKRACE - September 18-19, 2015

2015 muckrace

Teams bird together from 7:00 PM Friday until 7:00 PM Saturday, trying to locate as many bird species as possible. Winning teams over the past several years have identified as many as 148 species, and collectively, as many as 192 species have been seen by the 15 to 28 teams, in a single day.

The winning competitive team in 2014 logged 121 species. But, being an expert is hardly a requirement for enjoying the Muckrace. Many other birders of all ages and experience joined in on the fun under the various recreational categories, including the newest 'Photo Category', where participants count only the birds they can identify and photograph.

Teams can register under several categories:

  • Competitive
  • Youth
  • Low-Carbon
  • Photo
  • Family/Mentor
  • Recreational

In 2014, the top team found 121 species and we raised over $10,200 for habitat restoration projects and environmental education programs across the Montezuma Wetlands Complex. Currently it also says that as many as 192 species have been found by the combined efforts of all the teams, but from the records I have the most ever tallied was 188, but that isn't much different. Click here to register today. Thank you!



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. 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. 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.


The Montezuma Audubon Center is open:
Tuesday through Saturday, from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Trails are open daily from dawn to dusk.

Center Trail Map


Volunteers Needed!

MAC Festival Volunteers
Photo: Tom and Cheryl Lloyd
We're looking for people to help with the day to day activities and special events at the MAC including animal care (turtles, frogs, salamanders, and a snake) office support, gardening, trail maintenance, nature store assistance, educational programs, Wildlife Festival, and more! Please click here to complete a volunteer form and then return it via email. 


Recent Bird Sightings

bald eagle
Bald eagles were once on the verge of extinction but now they are a common sight at Montezuma. Photo by Doug Racine.
Want to make sure your birding observations count towards more than a sense of satisfaction? Welcome to the future of birding! After exploring the Montezuma Wetlands Complex (MWC), you can enter your bird sightings back at the Center using an easy touch-screen. Your observations are then added to others in the eBird database that scientists and citizens use to understand more about bird distributions.

eBird was developed by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and National Audubon Society and it enables anyone to enter bird sightings from anywhere in North America and explore the results. The eBird TrailTracker is a portal through which any birdwatcher can enter the birds they have observed into the eBird database.  By clicking on this link you will be able to see recent bird sightings at the Montezuma Wetland Complex.


Furthermore, you have the option to accurately map your observations on a large-scale map of the MWC. Every time you notice a bird, you are holding a piece of a puzzle. By sharing your sighting with others through eBird, you'll make it possible to complete the picture we need to better understand and protect birds well into the future. 


Montezuma Birding Trail

baltimore oriole
Doug Racine
Baltimore Orioles nest high in the tree tops at the Montezuma Audubon Center.
The Montezuma Birding Trail website provides information on birding hotspots, recent sightings, events and species in the Montezuma Wetlands Complex north of Cayuga Lake between Rochester and Syracuse, NY. The driving trail loops through adjacent portions of Wayne, Seneca and Cayuga counties and covers Montezuma NWR, the Northern Montezuma WMA and related public-access sites. For more information, contact them via email.


Help Give Montezuma Wildlife a Better Place to Live!

MARSH volunteers
MARSH! Volunteers make Montezuma a better place!
The Montezuma Alliance for the Restoration of Species and Habitats (MARSH!) is part of a larger effort to restore, protect and enhance wildlife habitat on nearly 50,000 acres of the Montezuma Wetlands Complex. This volunteer group helps support these habitat restoration efforts. The work is hands-on as we cut and pull invasive species and replant natives that will be more beneficial to wildlife and less harmful to Montezuma habitats overall.  Click here for the 2015 summer MARSH schedule.


Cerulean Warbler
Cerulean Warbler photo from USFWS.
Please click here to make a secure online donation to the Montezuma Audubon Center's habitat conservation and restoration projects that benefit birds, other wildlife, and people. Thank you for your support!







DIRECTIONS: The Montezuma Audubon Center is located at 2295 State Route 89, Savannah, NY. 13146, approximately 2 miles north of the Hamlet of Savannah. We are the northern gateway to the 50,000-acre Montezuma Wetlands Complex.

From the west: take the New York State Thruway (Interstate 90) to exit 41 in Waterloo. Turn left onto Route 414 North and follow for approximately 8.5 miles until you reach the intersection with Route 31 in Clyde. Turn right and follow Route 31 East for approximately 6 miles into the Hamlet of Savannah. Turn left at the blinking light onto State Route 89 North and proceed approximately 2 miles. The Center will be on your left.

From the east: take the New York State Thruway (Interstate 90) to exit 40 in Weedsport. Turn right off the ramp onto Route 34. Turn right on to Route 31 West. Follow Route 31 for approximately 12 miles to the intersection with State Route 89 in the Hamlet of Savannah. Turn right at the blinking light to stay on State Route 89 North and proceed approximately 2 miles. The Center will be on your left.

From the north: take Route 104 to State Route 89 in Wolcott. Take State Route 89 South for approximately 9 miles. The Center will be on your right.

From the south: take State Route 89 North through the Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge. Turn right on Armitage Road to stay on State Route 89 North. Then turn left on State Route 89/31 and follow for about 3.3 miles into the Hamlet of Savannah. Turn right at the blinking light to stay on State Route 89 North and proceed approximately 2 miles. The Center will be on your left.


For more information please contact:

Chris Lajewski, Center Director
Montezuma Audubon Center
2295 State Rt. 89, PO Box 187
Savannah, NY 13146
(315) 365-3580

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