Education

Montezuma Audubon Center Programs and Events

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

The Montezuma Audubon Center’s autumn programs are a great way to connect with nature and spend time with friends and family. Birding hikes, van tours, Happy Owl-ween, and other special events will help you experience the millions of waterfowl, shorebirds, songbirds and birds of prey that migrate through the Montezuma Wetlands Complex.

Space is limited. Registration required.

Call 315-365-3588 or e-mail montezuma@audubon.org

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

Sandhill Cranes. Photo by Bill Bahmer

Click here to download the Autumn programs brochure. 

  • Thursday, Sept. 26, 3:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Migration Mania Van Tour   The peak of the waterfowl migration is upon us. Join us for a birding van tour to see dozens of ducks, geese and swans as they settle into Montezuma’s marshes to feed and rest. Binoculars and field guides will be provided. Fee: $8/child, $15/adult, $40/family. PRE-PAID RESERVATIONS 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 artists will show and sell their handcrafted creations at this fun, family event. The festival will also feature great food, live music, kids games/crafts, 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 montezuma.audubon.org. Admission: $5/person, $10/carload.
  • Thursday, Oct. 3, 9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Montezuma Birding Van Tour  The peak of the waterfowl migration is upon us. Join us for a birding van tour around the Montezuma Wetlands Complex to learn how to identify dozens of duck, goose and swan species based on their calls and plumage. Binoculars and field guides will be provided. Fee: $8/child, $15/adult, $40/family. PRE-PAID RESERVATIONS REQUIRED.
  • Wednesday, Oct. 9, 1:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.  Montezuma Birding Van Tour  The peak of the waterfowl migration is upon us. Join us for a birding van tour around the Montezuma Wetlands Complex to learn how to identify dozens of duck, goose and swan species based on their calls and plumage. Binoculars and field guides will be provided. Fee: $8/child, $15/adult, $40/family. PRE-PAID RESERVATIONS REQUIRED.
  • Saturday, Oct. 19, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Happy Owl-ween  We are happy to welcome back Jean Soprano, of Kindred Kingdoms Wildlife Rehabilitation, who will have live owls on display during her presentation about the silent hunters of the night. Then, join our staff for a hike through the forest and grassland to explore the night sights and sounds. This annual event will sell out so register early to reserve your seat. Fee: $5/child, $10/adult, $25/family.
  • Wednesday, Oct. 23, 1:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Montezuma Birding Van Tour  The peak of the waterfowl migration is upon us. Join us for a birding van tour around the Montezuma Wetlands Complex to learn how to identify dozens of duck, goose and swan species based on their calls and plumage. Binoculars and field guides will be provided. Fee: $8/child, $15/adult, $40/family. PRE-PAID RESERVATIONS REQUIRED.
  • Saturday, Oct. 26, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Nature of Montezuma Lecture Series: Glacial Geology of the Finger Lakes  Join Dr. Bruce Gilman, retired Professor of Environmental Conservation at Finger Lakes Community College, as he walks us through the glacial history of the Finger Lakes region. Learn about how glacial ice was formed, how the landscape features (like the Finger Lakes) were formed, and about the megafauna wildlife that used to call NY home about 10,000 years ago. Fee: $5/child, $8/adult, $25/family. FREE for Friends of the Montezuma Wetlands Complex.
  • Saturday, Oct 26, 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Girl Scouts Conservation Day  Girl Scouts from Daisies to Ambassadors are invited to participate in various habitat restoration projects around the Center. Scouts will learn about forest, wetland, and grassland conservation while participating in invasive species removal and native vegetation plantings.  Each Scout must have a leader, chaperone, or parent in attendance. Fee:  $5/Scout.
  • Thursday, Oct. 31, 3:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Migration Mania Van Tour   The peak of the waterfowl migration is upon us. Join us for a birding van tour to see dozens of ducks, geese and swans as they settle into Montezuma’s marshes to feed and rest. Binoculars and field guides will be provided. Fee: $8/child, $15/adult, $40/family. PRE-PAID RESERVATIONS REQUIRED.
  • Saturday, Nov. 2, 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Scouts BSA Conservation Day  What are invasive species and why do they need to be removed?  All ages of Scouts are invited to learn about invasive species management while participating in various habitat restoration projects throughout the forests and grasslands. Each Scout must have a leader, chaperone, or parent in attendance. Fee: $5/Scout.
  • Saturday, Nov. 2, 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Guided Nature Walk  Join us for a guided, easy to moderate 1-mile stroll through the forest and grasslands and around the wetlands. Along the way, you will learn about how the Montezuma Wetlands Complex came to be, and we will look and listen for signs of birds and other wildlife. Binoculars will be provided, but feel free to bring your own. Fee: $5/child, $10/adult, $25/family, FREE for Friends of the Montezuma Wetlands Complex. PRE-PAID RESERVATIONS REQUIRED
  • Saturday, Nov. 9, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. OR 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Girl Scout Cadettes Archery Badge  Archery is an exciting sport that takes strength, focus, good form and practice. Girl Scout Cadettes are invited to Heritage Outdoor Sports (1886 Melvin Hill Rd, Phelps, NY) to learn about archery equipment, the proper way to draw a bow, and how to shoot a bullseye.  Scouts will challenge themselves as they build archery skills and learn how to safely enjoy this fun activity. All Scouts must be accompanied by a parent, leader, or chaperone.  PRE-PAID RESERVATIONS REQUIRED.  Fee:  $20/Scout.
  • Saturday, Nov. 9, 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Cayuga Lake Wine and Wings Tour   Cayuga Lake is an Audubon Important Bird Area because of the incredible number of waterfowl that use the lake during migration seasons.  Hop in our van for an excursion to the north end of the lake where up to 30 species of ducks, geese and swans can be seen.  During the tour, we will stop at Apple Station Winery for wine tastings and learn how agriculture and wildlife thrive side by side. Binoculars and field guides will be provided. Must be 21+. Fee: $20/adult, includes wine tasting fees. PRE-PAID RESERVATIONS REQUIRED.
  • Wednesday, Nov. 13, 1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Montezuma Birding Van Tour  The peak of the waterfowl migration is upon us. Join us for a birding van tour around the Montezuma Wetlands Complex to learn how to identify dozens of duck, goose and swan species based on their calls and plumage. Binoculars and field guides will be provided. Fee: $8/child, $15/adult, $40/family. PRE-PAID RESERVATIONS REQUIRED.
  • Saturday, Nov. 16, 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Scouts BSA Fish and Wildlife Management Merit Badge  Please be prepared to go outside and dress appropriately for the weather. Pre-requisites/pre-registration is required.  All Scouts must be accompanied by a parent, leader, or chaperone.  Fee: $8/Scout. PRE-PAID RESERVATIONS REQUIRED.
  • Saturday, Nov. 23, 2:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Northern Montezuma Birding Van Tour  As the sun sets on a late autumn day, waterfowl are settling into Montezuma’s marshes and nocturnal raptors are getting ready to begin their dusk hunt. Hop in our van for an excursion to the northern part of the Montezuma Wetlands Complex to look for ducks, geese, swans, and wintering raptors. Binoculars, a spotting scope, and field guides will be provided. Fee: $8/child, $15/adult, $40/family. PRE-PAID RESERVATIONS REQUIRED.
  • Saturday, Nov. 30, 10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Montezuma Birding Van Tour  Looking to get out of the house after the holiday? Join us on this late autumn day for an excursion to explore the Montezuma Wetlands Complex. We will look for ducks, geese, swans, and wintering raptors. Binoculars, a spotting scope, and field guides will be provided, but feel free to bring your own and a camera as well. Fee: $8/child, $15/adult, $40/family. PRE-PAID RESERVATIONS REQUIRED.
  • Wednesday, Dec. 4, 1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Montezuma Birding Van Tour  Waterfowl have left their breeding grounds and are ready for the long, cold winter. Join us for a birding van tour to see dozens of ducks, geese and swans as they rest, feed, and socialize in Montezuma’s marshes. Binoculars, a spotting scope, and field guides will be provided. Fee: $8/child, $15/adult, $40/family. PRE-PAID RESERVATIONS REQUIRED.
  • Saturday, Dec. 7, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Family-Friendly Winter Nature Walk  Join us for a guided, easy to moderate 1-mile stroll through the forest and grasslands and around the wetlands. Along the way, you will learn about how the Montezuma Wetlands Complex was formed and we will look for winter signs of birds and other wildlife. Afterwards, join us inside for a mug of hot cocoa. Binoculars will be provided, but feel free to bring your own. Fee: $5/child, $10/adult, $25/family, FREE for Friends of the Montezuma Wetlands Complex. PRE-PAID RESERVATIONS REQUIRED.
  • Saturday, Dec. 14, 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Wine and Wings Birding Van Tour  The holiday season is here and so are the wintering raptors.  Join us as we head out in our van to look for elusive Short-eared Owls, hunting Northern Harriers, soaring Bald Eagles, and more.  During the tour, we will stop at the Montezuma Winery for wine tastings and to learn how vineyards and Important Birds Areas happily exist side by side. Must be 21+. Binoculars, a spotting scope, and field guides will be provided. Fee $25/adult, includes tasting fee and a souvenir glass. PRE-PAID RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED.
  • Monday, December 16. Montezuma Christmas Bird Count  The Christmas Bird Count (CBC) is a long-standing program of the National Audubon Society, with over 100 years of citizen science involvement. It is an early-winter bird census, where thousands of volunteers across the US, Canada and many countries in the Western Hemisphere, go out over a 24-hour period on one calendar day to count birds.  As the CBC enters its 119th year, join us as we count the birds wintering throughout the Montezuma Wetlands Complex.  For more information, please call Chris Lajewski at (315) 365-3588 or email clajewski@audubon.org
  • Thursday, Dec. 19, 9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Montezuma Birding Van Tour  Waterfowl have left their breeding grounds and are ready for the long, cold winter. Join us for a birding van tour to see dozens of ducks, geese and swans as they rest, feed, and socialize in Montezuma’s marshes. Binoculars, a spotting scope, and field guides will be provided. Fee: $8/child, $15/adult, $40/family. PRE-PAID RESERVATIONS REQUIRED.
  • Wednesday, Jan. 1, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. First Day Snowshoe Hike  Join us to ring in 2020 by strapping on some snowshoes and taking a leisurely 1-mile hike through snow muffled forests, across restored grasslands and around the frozen marshes to explore hearty winter birds and look for signs of active mammals. *Note- if conditions are not conducive for snowshoeing, we will still hike.  After the hike, you’re invited inside to warm up with a cup of hot cocoa. Fee: FREE! If borrowing snowshoes (adult and child are available), please pre-register.

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

montezuma@audubon.org

http://montezuma.audubon.org

 (315) 365-3588

The Center is open and free to visit Tuesday – Saturday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., however, you are welcome to enjoy our trails and wildlife daily from dawn to dusk, year-round.

Visit montezuma.audubon.org for more information about our facilities, trails, and events.

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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. www.audubon.org

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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 montezuma@audubon.org.
  • 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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