Montezuma Audubon Center

Protecting birds and the places they need

Bald Eagle Photo: Bryce Flynn/Audubon Photography Awards

Welcome to the Montezuma Audubon Center, a state-owned facility operated through a cooperative agreement between the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and the National Audubon Society. We are dedicated to enhancing the habitat of the Montezuma Wetlands Complex and surrounding Important Bird Areas. The Montezuma Wetlands Complex is Audubon’s first globally significant Important Bird Area.

Now in its second century, Audubon is dedicated to protecting birds, other wildlife, and the habitat that supports them. Our national network of community-based nature centers and chapters, scientific and educational programs, and advocacy on behalf of areas sustaining important bird populations, engage millions of people of all ages and backgrounds in conservation.

Cerulean Warbler. Photo: Charlie Trapani/Audubon Photography Awards

26th Annual Montezuma Muckrace

This Big Day competition begins Friday, Sept. 8 at 7:00 pm and runs for 24 hours. Teams will compete to see who can see the most species within the Montezuma Wetlands Complex. The complex includes the Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge, the Northern Montezuma Wildlife Management Area and Montezuma Audubon Center. The higher purpose behind the fun is to raise over $12,000 for the Friends of the Montezuma Wetlands Complex. There are six categories in which to compete:  Competitive, Low-carbon (no cars used), Recreational, Family/Mentor, Collegiate and Photo. Click here to register or sponsor a team.  


16th Annual Robert F. DeRoo Memorial Youth Hunts

Thank you for your interest in the 16th Annual Robert F. DeRoo Memorial Youth Hunts. These are free events for youth ages 12-15 to celebrate conservation through hunting and space is limited so registration is required. Click here to download the registration forms and return them to Chris Lajewski no later than September 22, 2023. Click here to make a contribution to the 16th Annual Robert F. DeRoo Memorial Youth Hunts.



Volunteer Opportunities

As the Montezuma Audubon Center grows in reaching out to communities with programming, increasing patronage, and adding to amenities that establish us as a destination, we have a heightened need for support from volunteers. Click here to view the list of volunteer opportunities that will help us protect birds and the places they need, today and tomorrow. Submit this volunteer form to

MARSH! Events

Join us for a seed collecting project on September 13, September 27 and September 30 at 9AM at the Seneca Meadows Wetland Preserve, 1712 Black Brook Rd, Seneca Falls, NY 13148, where we will collect grassland and wetland seed to restore similar habitats across the Montezuma Wetlands Complex. Lunch will be provided by the Friends of the Montezuma Wetlands Complex. Call 315-365-3588 or email to register. Click here for more information about the MARSH! schedule.

MARSH! volunteers collecting seed at the Seneca Meadows Wetland Preserve.

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