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


Annual Benefit

Monday, June 12, 2023  /  11:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Wayne Hills Country Club, 2250 Gannett Rd, Lyons, NY 14489
Step into the sunshine and join us for 18 holes of golf in support of conservation at the Montezuma Wetlands Complex, Onondaga Lake, and other Important Bird Areas in the Finger Lakes Region. Our spring benefit is on, and this fun annual outing just won't be the same without you.

Enjoy a day of golf with lunch, a cocktail reception, bucket raffles, and awards dinner. If you can't stay for dinner, we have a lunch and golf-only option. Not into golf? Join us for dinner instead. Tickets for the dinner reception-only are available too.

You're also invited to help us further protect birds and their habitats within this precious region by participating in our event sponsorship levels. Click here to learn more about the sponsorship levels or to print the registration form and register by mail.

We'll also have a virtual silent auction from June 1 @ 9 a.m. - June 13 @ 5 p.m. You don't need to register for the Annual Benefit to participate.

Make a difference and join us for an amazing day of golf and conservation! Click here to reserve your spot at the Annual Benefit.

Schedule of Events

  • 10:30 a.m. - Golf Check-in
  • 11:30 a.m. - Tee Off
  • 4 p.m. - Cocktail Reception (cash bar), Bucket Raffles, Wine Pull, Nest Box Pull
  • 5 p.m. - Dinner and Awards Reception

All proceeds will benefit Montezuma Audubon Center's conservation projects and environmental education programs.

If you can't join us on June 12 and you want to support our work, click here to make a donation.

For more information or questions, please contact Chris Lajewski at (315) 365-3588 or

Bald Eagle soaring over Onondaga Lake. Photo by Greg Craybas.
Bald Eagle. Photo: Greg Craybas/Onondaga Lake Conservation Corps Photography Exhibit


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 water chestnut removal project on Wednesday, June 28 where we will use canoes to paddle the Seneca River. Work will be performed from 9AM -  12PM with lunch to follow. Lunch is provided by the Friends of the Montezuma Wetlands Complex. Call 315-365-3588 or email to register. Click here for the entire spring MARSH schedule.

Volunteers help the Montezuma Audubon Center remove invasive species like water chestnut. Photo: Montezuma Audubon Center

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