Migrating waterfowl crowd Montezuma Refuge during spring migration

Chris Lajewski, Director of Montezuma Audubon Center, speaks about efforts to protect migrating waterfowl.

Originally published by NCPR, listen to the story here. 
By David Chanatry (NY Reporting Project at Utica College)

Apr 20, 2016 — If you drive the New York State Thruway between Syracuse and Rochester, you'll go right through the Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge. It is a huge wetland that every spring is filled with millions of migrating waterfowl and other birds. It is an unforgettable sight and sound.

Snow geese lifting off at Montezuma. Photo: Andy Saunders

Chris Lajewski is the director of the Audubon Center there. He said conservation laws enacted over many decades and the efforts of volunteer and professionals to restore critical habitat have turned around a decline in waterfowl.