Montezuma Audubon Center Programs and Events

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



Montezuma Bird Watching Tours

The Montezuma Wetlands Complex is teeming with migratory waterfowl and birds of prey this time of year. Follow behind the Audubon van in your own vehicle to Montezuma’s marshes, forests and grasslands to explore several birding hotspots and the abundant wildlife as they go about their evening activities. Participants will receive a conference call phone number to hear the Audubon educator narrate the tour and ask questions between stops. Guests are welcome to get out of their vehicles at each stop so facial coverings will be required and we will follow physical distancing guidelines. Bring your binoculars and camera to capture images of the beautiful habitats and wildlife. Space is limited and pre-paid reservations are required. Fee: $5/child, $10/adult, $30/family.


December 9 @ 10:00 AM   Register here  
December 12 @ 10:00 AM   Register here​
December 17 @ 1:30 PM   Register here


Bald Eagle Photo: Greg Craybas

The Bald Eagle: A Conservation Success Story

Saturday, December 12 

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Bald Eagles are a daily sight for us at Onondaga Lake and the Montezuma Audubon Center but it wasn't always this way. Join Center Director Chris Lajewski on this Zoom to learn how we almost lost our national bird and why the Montezuma Wetlands Complex played a key role in bringing the Bald Eagle back from the brink of extinction. This is a FREE event but registration is required. Click here to register. 

This event is sponsored by Honeywell, Central New York Community Foundation, Jim and Juli Boeheim Foundation, Ramboll, Parsons and Applied Ecological Services.



Friday, January 1

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM **SOLD OUT**

Ring in 2021 with us by taking a leisurely 1-mile guided nature hike through the various habitats and ecosystems at the Montezuma Audubon Center. Our forests, grasslands, and wetlands are home to many hearty winter birds and other wildlife. *Note- if conditions are conducive for snowshoeing, we have snowshoes to loan out, or you can bring your own. We will be observing safe social distancing and require all participants to wear a face covering. You are welcome to bring a well-behaved dog but they must be kept on a leash.

-This hike will depart from the Montezuma Audubon Center located at 2295 State Route 89, Savannah, NY. Please note, this is not the Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge. 

-This event is FREE but pre-registration is required as space is limited. **SOLD OUT**

-Call 315.365.3588 or email with questions. 




Winter Raptors of the Northeast

Saturday, January 9

10:00 AM – 11:30 AM

Daena Ford comes to us virtually from Braddock Bay Raptor Research in Rochester, NY where as President she oversees various raptor research projects and educational programming. Daena has a wealth of knowledge of all resident and migratory raptors that may pass through the Northeast during migration and will be presenting specifically about those birds of prey you may spot in the winter months. Some live here all year long and some are just passing through and visiting.

-After registering, you will receive the Zoom link information for the webinar. Click here to register. 

-For more information about Braddock Bay Raptor Research, please visit

-Fee: $5/person, $15/family.

-Call 315.365.3588 or email with questions. 



From Finch Irruptions to the Launching of the Finch Research Network

Saturday, January 16

10:00 AM – 11:30 AM

Matthew Young, President and Founder of the Finch Research Network (FiRN), has an extensive background in ornithology. He is a former editor of The Kingbird (NYS Ornithological Association journal), an audio engineer at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology Macaulay Library, and is currently an instructor of ornithology at Cornell University. We'll explore winter irruptive birds from redpolls, to Evening Grosbeaks, to the distribution and ecology of different Red Crossbill flight calls.

-Space is limited and pre-paid reservations are required. Click here to register.

-Once registered, the Zoom information will be emailed to you.

-Fee: $5/person, $15/family.

-Call 315.365.3588 or email with questions. 


Saturday, January 30

10:00 AM – 11:30 AM

Travel back in time and explore the recent history of Howland's Island. Today, it is part of the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation Northern Montezuma Wildlife Management Area, but there have been many uses of the land over time. From horse thieves to a prisoner of war camp, Howland's Island has been witness to a multitude of occupants. Today, you can explore 3,500 rugged acres that are only occupied by wild animals. Join us for pictures, historical documents, anecdotes, and some cultural, geological, and natural history of this beautiful place.

-Space is limited and pre-paid reservations are required. Click here to register. 

-Once registered, the Zoom information will be emailed to you.

-Fee: $5/person, $15/family.

-Call 315.365.3588 or email with questions. 


Reconnect at Montezuma Private Tours

These unique bird watching tours of the 50,000-acre Montezuma Wetlands Complex are a great way to catch up with family members, close friends or co-workers, and experience the birds, other wildlife and habitats that make Montezuma an Audubon Important Bird Area. Choose from driving tours, birding walks, canoeing/kayaking excursions and snowshoeing hikes. All tours are led by National Audubon Society staff and include equipment rentals, binoculars, and bird guides. Available year-round for groups of up to 10 people.  

Fee: $150

To plan and reserve your customized tour, call 315.365.3588 or email 



Montezuma Audubon Center 2295 Route 89, P.O. Box 187, Savannah, NY 13146

 (315) 365-3588


The Montezuma Audubon Center is 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.


Program Cancellation/Reimbursement Policy:

  • If the MAC cancels an event, we will initiate a full reimbursement.
  • If you need to cancel registration for an event, you must call or email the MAC at (315) 365-3588 or
  • If you cancel more than a week before the event, we will initiate a reimbursement minus a 10% administrative fee, or credit you for a future event.
  • No reimbursements are issued for cancellations received less than a week before the date of the event.


Bald Eagle Photo by Greg Craybas


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