Montezuma Audubon Center

Inaugural Birdies for Birds Golf Fundraiser - Monday, June 15, 2015

Bellevue Country Club - Syracuse, NY

2015 golf fundraiser invitation

The Montezuma Audubon Center is please to announce the Inaugural Birdies for Birds Golf Fundraiser that will benefit the Montrezuma Audubon Center's conservation projects and educational programs at Montezuma and Onondaga Lake. The event will feature 18 holes of golf at Bellevue Country Club, lunch, cocktails, dinner, awards and prizes. Don't miss it!


Click here to register for the Birdies For Birds Golf Fundraiser!

Yes, I want to be a sponsor! Click here to view the sponsorship opportunities and complete the sponsorship reply form!                                                                      

Many thanks to our top sponsor! 

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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!








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. Click here for a list of upcoming volunteer events.



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.  2015 MARSH! events are being finalized. Please check back soon.


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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