Education

Montezuma Audubon Center Programs and Events

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

We invite you to join the Montezuma Audubon Center staff for a variety of family-friendly programs all summer long. Bird watching tours, photography workshops, and paddling excursions are a great way to experience Montezuma’s breeding birds and the places they need. Space is limited and registration is required.

Please call 315-365-3588 or e-mail montezuma@audubon.org to make a reservation.

ALL PROGRAMS ARE AT THE MONTEZUMA AUDUBON CENTER, 2295 STATE ROUTE 89, SAVANNAH, NY, 13146, UNLESS OTHERWISE NOTED.

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Click here to download the Summer programs brochure. 

  • Friday, July 19, 8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Bats of Montezuma  Join us as we welcome NYS Department of Environmental Conservation Wildlife Biologists who will lead an informative presentation about these fascinating flying mammals. Once dusk falls, we’ll use special equipment outside to hear bats echolocate as they search for prey. This is a family-friendly event and all ages are welcome. Bug spray and a flashlight are recommended. Fee: $5/child, $10/adult, $20/family, FREE for Friends of the Montezuma Wetlands Complex. PRE-PAID RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED. *RAINDATE July 26, 8:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, July 20, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Montezuma Heritage Park Birding Walk  If you are interested in Erie Canal history and the birds that call the Montezuma Wetlands Complex their home, this is the program for you. Join a local historian and Audubon staff for a leisurely walk to explore the Town of Montezuma trails and search for newly fledged birds, native wildflowers, and learn about the economic impact the canal system had on upstate NY. Directions will be provided upon registration. Fee: $5/child, $10/adult, $20/family. FREE for Friends of the Montezuma Wetlands Complex. PRE-PAID RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED.
  • Saturday, July 20, 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Photo Safari for Kids  Do you have a digital camera, tablet or mobile phone? Would you like to learn how to use it to take creative photos? This program is focused on kids ages 8 and up and will start with a brief introduction to basic photography. Then we will head outside for an easy 1-mile stroll through forests, around wetlands, and through grasslands to photograph wildflowers, butterflies, and birds; perfect subjects for new photographers. At the conclusion of the program, we will view the photos on the big screen. Children must be accompanied by an adult or guardian. Fee: $8/child. PRE-PAID RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED.
  • Wednesday, July 24, 6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Montezuma Birding Tour  The summer is full of young birds learning about life outside their nests. Join us as we look for raptors, waterfowl, shorebirds and songbirds and observe how dedicated parents prepare their young for the fall migration. We will explore Montezuma’s birding hotspots where dozens of species can be seen and heard. Binoculars and field guides will be provided. Fee: $8/child, $15/adult. PRE-PAID RESERVATIONS REQUIRED.
  • Thursday, July 25, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Summer Break Day of Play  It is summer break and it is time to explore Montezuma. Children ages 6-12 are welcome to join us for outdoor and indoor activities including a pond exploration, nature crafts, games, and more. Please bring: shoes/sandals that can get wet, a change of clothes and shoes, a lunch/water bottle, and a white t-shirt (for tie-dye). Fee: $25/child, $40/two children. PRE-PAID RESERVATIONS REQUIRED.
  • Saturday, July 27, 1:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Birding and Boating at Montezuma  Join us for a relaxing canoe/kayak paddle to explore the waterways around the Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge. This is a unique to explore Montezuma’s birds and their habitats and to try canoeing/kayaking for the first time. Bring your own canoe/kayak or rent a boat from us. Fee: $10/child without rental, $15/adult without rental, $25/solo kayak rental, $40/canoe rental (maximum 2 adults plus 1 child). PRE-PAID RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED.
  • Friday, August 2, 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Birding and Boating on the Seneca River  What better way to enjoy a summer sunset than a relaxing canoe/kayak paddle to explore the birds, other wildlife and their habitats near the Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge. We will paddle along the Seneca River to explore a variety of songbirds, shorebirds, and raptors like Bald Eagles and Osprey. Bring your own canoe/kayak or rent a boat from us. Fee: $10/child without rental, $15/adult without rental, $25/solo kayak rental, $40/canoe rental (maximum 2 adults plus 1 child). PRE-PAID RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED.
  • Saturday, August 3, 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Montezuma Paddle Dip & Wine Sip  What better way to enjoy a summer afternoon than a relaxing canoe/kayak paddle to explore the birds, other wildlife and their habitats near the Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge. We will launch boats into the Seneca River to explore a variety of songbirds, shorebirds, and raptors like Bald Eagles and Osprey. Afterwards, quench your thirst with a refreshing wine tasting at Montezuma Winery and keep the souvenir glass. Bring your own canoe/kayak or rent a boat from us. Fee:  $50/couple with canoe rental, $35/person with single kayak rental, $25/person without rental. PRE-PAID RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED.
  • Friday, August 9, 7:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. Montezuma Moth Night  Join us as we welcome Dr. Meena Madhav Haribal, semi-retired Chemical Ecologist from Cornell University who studies the behaviors and interactions between different organisms based on their chemistry. Dr. Haribal will lead an informative indoor presentation about the unique characteristics of moths and set up equipment outside to attract Montezuma’s moths so you can see them up close. This is a family-friendly event and all ages are welcome. Bug spray, a flashlight and camera are recommended. Fee: $5/child, $10/adult, $20/family. FREE for Friends of the Montezuma Wetlands Complex. PRE-PAID RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED. *RAINDATE 8/16/19, 7:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, August 14, 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm Montezuma Sunset Birding Tour  The autumn bird migration has begun and Montezuma is a unique ecosystem where millions of migratory birds can be seen. Join us in our van to explore several birding hotspots where shorebirds, marsh birds, songbirds and raptors rest during their long and impressive journey. Binoculars and field guides will be provided. Fee: $8/child, $15/adult. PRE-PAID RESERVATIONS REQUIRED.
  • Saturday, August 17, 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Kayaks and Canoes on Cayuga Lake  Join us for a 1-hour paddle on the tranquil waters of Cayuga Lake to experience the late summer bird migration. No experience is necessary and instructions will be provided. Following the paddle, we will visit the Buttonwood Grove Winery tasting room for wine and cheese pairings.  Then, Daena Ford from Braddock Bay Raptor Research will lead a birds of prey presentation featuring hawks and owls. The event will run rain or shine. If it rains, the paddle will become a guided birding hike at the winery. Fee: $50/couple with canoe rental, $35/person with solo kayak rental, $20/person without rental. PRE-PAID RESERVATIONS REQUIRED.
  • Wednesday, August 21, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm Boy Scout Merit Badge: Geology  All Boy Scouts are invited to complete the requirements for the Geology Merit Badge with regional geologist, Fred Hayes. Scouts should be prepared to go outside to explore the glacial terrane. All scouts must be accompanied by a parent, leader, or chaperone. Fee: $8/Scout. Pre-requisites/pre-registration is required.
  • Friday, August 23, 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Tales along the Trails  Join us for a family-friendly, 1-mile walk through forests and grasslands to explore Montezuma’s birds, toads, turtles, and frogs. At the conclusion of the walk, we will cozy up to a campfire for s’mores and stories about the history of the Montezuma area. Flashlights, bug spray, and cameras are recommended. Fee: $5/child, $10/adult, $20/family. FREE for Friends of the Montezuma Wetlands Complex. PRE-PAID RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED.
  • Wednesday, August 28, 9:30 am - 12:00 pm Northern Montezuma Birding Tour  Leave the driving to us as we explore the Northern part of the Montezuma Wetlands Complex. Join us in the Audubon van to explore several locations where shorebirds, waterfowl and songbird species can be seen and heard including Sandhill Cranes, Bald Eagles, and Osprey. We’ll also highlight the 10,000-year cultural history of this unique area. Binoculars and bird guides will be provided. Fee: $8/child, $15/adult. PRE-PAID RESERVATIONS REQUIRED. 
  • Friday, August 30, 5:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Cayuga Lake Sunset Paddle  What better way to enjoy the end of the summer than a relaxing paddle to explore the birds, other wildlife and their habitats at the north end of Cayuga Lake. This is a great opportunity to see migratory songbirds, marsh birds and raptors like Bald Eagles and Osprey. Bring your own canoe/kayak or rent a boat from us. Fee: $10/child without rental, $15/adult without rental, $25/solo kayak rental, $40/canoe rental (maximum 2 adults plus 1 child).PRE-PAID RESERVATIONS REQUIRED.
  • Thursday, Sept. 5, 10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Montezuma’s Bird Migration Van Tour   The Montezuma Wetlands Complex is Audubon’s first globally significant Important Bird Area because of the incredible number of birds that stop here during the spring and fall migrations. Enjoy a leisurely ride in the Audubon van for an excursion to Montezuma’s birding hot spots where a variety of waterfowl, songbirds, raptors and shorebirds can be seen. Binoculars, a spotting scope, and field guides are provided. Fee: $8/child, $15/adult. PRE-PAID RESERVATIONS REQUIRED.
  • Friday, Sept. 6 & Saturday, Sept. 7 23rd Annual Montezuma Muckrace  This 24-hour Big Day competition begins Sept. 6 at 7:00 p.m. 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 the Montezuma Audubon Center. The higher purpose behind the fun is to raise $10,000 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. Visit http://www.friendsofmontezuma.org to register or sponsor a team. 
  • Friday, Sept. 13, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Camera Trapping Guide: Tracks, Sign, and Behavior of Eastern Wildlife  Come meet Janet Pesaturo, founder of Winterberry Wildlife, and a Massachusetts naturalist. Janet will present her first book, Camera Trapping Guide and how she uses trail cameras and tracking skills to study animal behavior to provide data to local conservation organizations. She has a master’s degree in conservation biology and a level III CyberTracker certificate in Track & Sign. After her presentation, Janet will have her book available for purchase and for signing. Fee: $5/child, $10/adult, $20/family. FREE for Friends of the Montezuma Wetlands Complex. PRE-PAID RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED.
  • Saturday, Sept. 14, 10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Montezuma Bird Watching Tour  The summer is coming to a close and the autumn bird migration is well underway.  Join us as we search for raptors, waterfowl, shorebirds and songbirds and observe how they are preparing for their long and impressive journey. We will explore Montezuma’s birding hotspots where dozens of species can be seen and heard. Binoculars, a spotting scope, and field guides will be provided. Fee: $8/child, $15/adult. PRE-PAID RESERVATIONS REQUIRED.
  • Saturday, Sept. 21, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Native Americans of the Finger Lakes  Archeological enthusiast Christopher M. Cramer will present an overview of the ancient Native American civilization of the Finger Lakes Region, focusing on the stone artifacts left behind. Regionally collected examples of stone tools will be on display, some dating back 10,000 years and more. Attendees will participate in a hands-on activity identifying the various types of artifacts, as well as distinguishing authentic artifacts and modern reproductions. A pair of reading glasses and a headlamp or flashlight are recommended. Fee: $5/child, $10/adult, $20/family. FREE for Friends of the Montezuma Wetlands Complex. PRE-PAID RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED.
  • Saturday, Sept., 28, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 5th Annual Savannah Arts Festival  Fine artists, photographers, sculptors, crafters, quilters, jewelers, wood workers, and other talented people will show and sell their handcrafted creations at this fun, family event. The festival will also feature great food, live music, fine art contests, photography contests, art workshops, sidewalk chalk art, Lego building, the Trashin’ Fashion Runway Show, prizes, and more! Vendor registration forms can be found at http://ny.audubon.org/montezuma. Admission: $5/person, $10/family.

 

Bald Eagle Photo by Greg Craybas

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