Montezuma Audubon Center

Montezuma Audubon Center Programs and Events

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Montezuma Guided Birding Tours

Bald Eagles. Photo: Stephanie Orlando/Audubon Photography Awards

Join Montezuma Audubon Center staff for a guided birding tour of the Montezuma Wetlands Complex and surrounding areas! Waterfowl are moving through our wetlands and Snow Geese are beginning to make their way through as migration season quickly approaches. On our guided excursions, we can expect to find various types of waterfowl, gulls, and always a high possibly of seeing a Bald Eagle among other raptors. Each adventure creates a new birding experience, and we hope to have you join us this season. 

We will meet at the MAC (2295 State Route 89, Savannah, NY 13146) and depart for our route from there. An Audubon educator will drive all participants in our accessible van. If you are interested in following us in your own car, please send an email to montezuma@audubon.org.

  • Fee: $15/participant
  • Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult
  • Registration is required

Call 315-365-3588 or email montezuma@audubon.org with questions. 

To make your reservation, click the date you want to join us for a birding tour and complete the registration form. 

Listed below are specific routes we will follow for intended birds & migration patterns we hope to see. Routes are subject to change depending on where the birds are!

Wednesday, February 28, 2024 @10am- Northern Cayuga Lake

Wednesday, March 6, 2024 @ 10am- Northern Cayuga Lake

Wednesday, March 13, 2024 @ 2pm- Northern Cayuga Lake

Friday, March 15, 2025 @ 2pm- Spring Migration in the Complex

Wednesday, March 20, 2024 @ 10am- Northern Cayuga Lake

Friday, March 29, 2024 @ 2pm- Spring Migration in the Complex

Saturday, April 6, 2024 @ 10am- Montezuma Wetlands Complex 

Wednesday, April 10, 2024 @ 10am- Montezuma Wetlands Complex

Friday, April 12, 2024 @ 2pm- Spring Migration in the Complex

Wednesday, April 17, 2024 @ 10am- Montezuma Wetlands Complex

Friday, April 26, 2024 @2pm- Spring Migration in the Complex

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Harriet Tubman- The Master Naturalist with Brittany Lane from Harriet Tubman National Historical Park

Thursday, February 29 at 7PM

On the left, Harriet Tubman's church in Auburn, New York. In the middle, the image fades into an image of Harriet Tubman.
Harriet Tubman Photo: Harriet Tubman National Historical Park/NPS
Harriet Tubman is best known for her role as a conductor on the Underground Railroad, but did you know she was also a naturalist? Brittany Lane, lead ranger at Harriet Tubman National Historical Park, will be joining Montezuma Audubon Center educators to give a presentation on how Harriet Tubman used the natural world to lead enslaved people to freedom. Following the presentation, we will go for a mile long guided night hike where we will learn some of the same skills Harriet used, such as astronomy, bird calls, and native plant identification. 
This program is open to all who wish to join us. We will meet at the Montezuma Audubon Center (2295 State Route 89, Savannah, New York) and begin the program there.
  • Fee: $10/ individual
  • Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult.
  •  Registration is required.

 Please email montezuma@audubon.org or call (315)365-3588 with any questions.

Register Here!

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*This event is sold out!*

Walking in a Winter Wineryland with Hunt Country Vineyards

Saturday, March 2, 2024, at 10am

Forest trail at Hunt Country Vineyards. Pine trees among a snow dusted forest floor.
Forested trails at Hunt Country Vineyards. Photo: Teresa Pietrusinski

Get outside this winter with the Montezuma Audubon Center at Hunt Country Vineyards (4021 Italy Hill Road, Branchport, NY 14418). An Audubon Educator will lead a guided leisure hike through Hunt Country’s vineyard trails to explore what birds and wildlife are hanging out. After our excursion, we will warm up in the tasting room for a glass of wine and soup. While you are enjoying your wine and soup, Daena Ford from Braddock Bay Raptor Research will give a presentation on her live bird of prey ambassadors for an up-close experience of her raptor friends. Participants are welcome to stay at the winery for more tasting experiences, extra glasses, and light snacks to enjoy this winter day.  A majority of this program will take place outside so please dress accordingly.

Call 315-365-3588 or email montezuma@audubon.org with questions. 

  • Fee: $35/person
  • Location: 4021 Italy Hill Road, Branchport, NY 14418
  • Program Duration: 10am-1pm
  • All participants must be 21 years of age. Winery staff may ask for identification 

Register here

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Rachel Carson Presentation and Sensory Walk

Friday, March 8 at 3:30PM

A bald eagle with wings spread just above the water with a fish in its talons. Entire photo has a red hugh over it.
Bald Eagle Photo: Rich Riggins/Audubon Photography Awards

Rachel Carson was one of the nation’s leading environmentalists, and her work helped to kickstart the global environmental movement. Join Montezuma Audubon Center educators and celebrate Women’s History Month by learning about Rachel Carson’s legacy and her influence on bald eagle protection. Then, join us for a one mile sensory walk where we will appreciate the sounds, sights, and smells of nature. While we’re out, we will do some birding.   

This program is open to all who wish to join us. We will meet at the MAC (2295 State Route 89, Savannah, NY 13146) and depart for our route from there.

  • Fee: $10/ Individual.
  • Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult
  • Registration is required.

​Please email montezuma@audubon.org or call (315)365-3588 with any questions.  

Register Here!

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Learn How to Use iNaturalist

Saturday, March 16, 2024 at 10am

The Montezuma Audubon Center building. A tree with flower buds covers a portion of the foreground.
Montezuma Audubon Center Photo: Luke Franke/Audubon

Have you ever wanted to participate in a community science project that real researchers use? Join Montezuma Audubon Center educators and learn how to use iNaturalist as a tool to identify different species. Then, we will participate in a BioBlitz where we will go into the field and use our new skills, and that data will be stored in iNaturalist for researchers to use. Please have the apps iNaturalist and Seek by iNaturalist downloaded to your personal device prior to the start of the program. They can be found on both the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store. 

This program is open to all who wish to join us. We will meet at the MAC (2295 State Route 89, Savannah, NY 13146) and depart for our route from there.

  • Fee: $10/ Individual
  • Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. 
  • Space is limited and registration is required.

​Please email montezuma@audubon.org or call (315) 365-3588 with any questions.

Register Here! 

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Raptor Migration & LIVE Bird of Prey Presentation with Kindred Kingdoms

Saturday, March 16, 2024 at 2pm

American Kestrel flying over a clear blue sky
American Kestrel Photo: Gary Grossman/Audubon Photography Awards

Springtime is a buzzing time filled with migration happening all over the world! The Montezuma Wetlands Complex and Lake Ontario are no strangers to migratory birds, especially raptors. Join the Montezuma Audubon Center and Jean Soprano of Kindred Kingdoms for a presentation of raptor migration and an up-close look at live birds of prey that are in the area. After our presentation, we will head out on the MAC trails for a 1-mile birding walk to spot any raptors soaring overhead. 

This program will be held at the Montezuma Audubon Center (2295 State Route 89, Savannah, NY 13146). This program is great for all ages and families.

  • Fee: $10/participant
  • Registration is required
  • Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult

Call 315-365-3588 or email montezuma@audubon.org with questions. 

Register here!

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Spring Equinox Guided Hike

March 19, 2024 at 11AM

A yellow rumped warbler sitting in a tree with many flowers blooming
Yellow Rumped Warbler Photo: Glenda Simmons/ Great Backyard Bird Count

The spring equinox tells us that warmer weather is on the horizon! Join Montezuma Audubon Center educators and learn about the different signs of spring we can find in nature. Since many of our bird species are beginning to return from their winter down south, we will observe them on a 1.5 mile walk on the trails around the Center. We will also learn about other signs that more will be returning soon, like leaf buds, berries, and ice melting. 

This program is open to all who wish to join us. We will meet at the MAC (2295 State Route 89, Savannah, NY 13146) and depart for our route from there.

  • Fee: $10/ Individual
  • Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Registration is required.

​Call (315)365-3588 or email montezuma@audubon.org with any questions.

Register Here! 

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All About Snow Geese! Presentation & Guided Birding Walk

Friday, March 22, 2024 at 3pm

Snow Geese flying in clear blue skies
Snow Geese. Photo: Robert Shupak/Audubon Photography Awards

Did you know the Montezuma Wetlands Complex is on the migration flyway for the Snow Goose? Join the Montezuma Audubon Center for an educational presentation on the thousands of Snow Geese who utilize our land for feeding grounds as they make their way back to the Canadian and Northern Alaska Tundra. We will cover all things about feeding habits, mating, nesting habits, and flight patterns. 

After our presentation, we will embark on a 1-mile guided birding walk through the Center's marsh trails to spot any Snow Geese flying overheard or taking a rest on our marshes. In addition to looking for Snow Geese, we will be on the look out for a Bald Eagle, a Northern Harrier, and swans. 

This program will be held in the Montezuma Audubon Center's auditorium and trails (2295 State Route 89, Savannah, NY 13146). This program is great for all ages and families.

  • Fee: $10/individual 
  • Registration is required
  • Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult

Call (315) 365-3588 or email montezuma@audubon.org with any questions

Register here!

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Bald Eagle Walking Tour

Saturday, March 23, 2024 at 10AM

A leaf-less tree takes up most of the image. On the left, a large nest. On the right, an eagle perches in the tree.
Bald Eagle Photo: David Young/Audubon Photography Awards

It’s nesting time! Join Montezuma Audubon Center educators on a walk around the property to observe bald eagles while they prepare to raise their young. We will bring our spotting scope to the edge of the restricted nesting area and hopefully get a good look at the nesting pair. We will also walk our trails and hope to see some of our other resident eagles flying around. Note- wear proper footwear. To view the nest, we will be walking through partially flooded swampland. Muck boots acceptable, hip waders preferred. 

This program is open to all who wish to join us. We will meet at the MAC (2295 State Route 89, Savannah, NY 13146) and depart for our route from there.

  • Fee: $10/ Participant
  • Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult
  • Registration is required.

Please email montezuma@audubon.org or call (315) 365-3588 with any questions.

Register Here!

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Bird Friendly Homes

April 6, 2024 at 2PM

An Audubon Plants for Birds sign in front of a vine
Audubon Plants for Birds Photo: Jeremy M. Lange

Have you considered how your home could be more bird friendly? Want to revamp your outdoor & indoor spaces this spring? Join Montezuma Audubon Center educators in a hands-on workshop & outdoor excursion to make your home a safe haven for birds just in time for gardening season.  

In this program, we will learn the different ways to make all types of living spaces, indoor and outdoor, an area for bird conservation. Topics include using Plants for Birds, how to prevent window collisions, and creating a safe and healthy environment for pets and wildlife. We will follow this by taking a one mile walk through the MAC's forested trails to see how our efforts of native plantings and invasive removal support bird habitat.  

The best part? None of these methods require a yard! Participants will be able to take home their very own window decal and native plant seed bombs to provide habitat for birds at home. Registration is required. Children and adults are welcome to join us.

  • Fee: $10/ individual
  • Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult
  • Registration is required

Please call (315) 365-3588 or email montezuma@audubon.org with any questions.

Register Here! 

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Total Solar Eclipse Birding Excursions

April 8, 2024 Hourly Starting at 11AM

A total solar eclipse. Sun spot around 1:00 on the moon
Total Solar Eclipse Photo: Fred Leff

Join us for a 1-mile birding excursion at Montezuma Audubon Center to experience how birds respond to the total solar eclipse! Will owls start hooting? Will songbirds return to their nests? Will waterfowl stop calling? We will explore the forest, grassland and wetland habitats to find answers these questions and discuss how Montezuma is managed for songbirds, waterfowl, shorebirds and birds of prey. Wear sturdy shoes (that you may not mind getting a little muddy), bring your binoculars (or borrow from us), and a bottle of water if you like. Biting insects should not be an issue this time of year, but dress comfortably for the season. A limited number of eclipse glasses will be available. Space is limited and pre-paid registrations are required. 

  • Fee: $10/ Individual 
  • Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult
  • Registration is required

Please call (315) 365-3588 or email montezuma@audubon.org with any questions.

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Woodcock Walks!

April 13 and 27 at 7:30PM

An American Woodcock on the ground with its feathers fluffed. A branch of hemlock in the background.
American Woodcock Photo: Vincent Iadevaia/Audubon Photography Awards

Spend a Saturday night observing some of Montezuma's most interesting birds! The American woodcock, also known as the timberdoodle, are known for their “sky dance” breeding displays. The males will “peent” before taking off into an erratic flight display to attract females. We will go for a 1 mile walk through the woodcock's preferred habitat in hopes of seeing this amazing display. While we are out, we will likely also see some waterfowl species, migratory songbirds, and even hear some spring peepers!  Bring a flashlight, as part of the walk will be after dark.

This program will be held at the Montezuma Audubon Center (2295 State Route 89, Savannah, NY 13146). It is great for participants of all ages. 

  • Fee: $10/ Individual
  • Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult
  • Registration is required.

Please call (315) 365-3588 or email montezuma@audubon.org with any questions. 

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April 27

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Beginner Birder Guided Hike

April 19, 2024 @ 3PM

A pair of binoculars sitting in a bed of ferns and moss
Binoculars Photo: Camilla Cerea/ Audubon

Spring migration is a great time to dip your toes into birding! Whether you've gone birding a few times or have never gone before, this program is designed to help you learn the basics of identifying birds by sight and sound. Once participants feel ready, we will get comfortable with binoculars and hit the trails for a one mile birding walk!   

This program will be held at the Montezuma Audubon Center (2295 State Route 89, Savannah, NY 13146). It is great for all ages and families. 

  • Fee: $10/ Individual
  • Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult
  • Registration is required.

Please call (315) 365-3588 or email montezuma@audubon.org with any questions.

 Register Here!

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Guided Spring Birding Hikes with Cracker Box Palace

Baltimore Oriole and Cercis canadensis (Redbud), Mansfield Center, Connecticut Photo: Ann M. Pacheco/Audubon Photography Awards

Want to see the bright blue of the Cerulean Warbler? Looking to add Scarlet Tanager to your life list? Or are you curious about exploring new birding spots along Lake Ontario and the greater Finger Lakes region?

The Montezuma Audubon Center is excited to expand our birding excursions to new communities! Join a Montezuma Audubon Center educator at Cracker Box Palace (6420 Shaker Road, North Rose, NY, 14516) for a series of 3 guided birding walks this spring season to see the bright colors of the migratory warblers that have made their way back up north.

This guided excursion will cover 2 miles of trail with one steep incline. Sturdy and comfortable shoes are strongly recommended. No prior birding experience needed. We will provide all binoculars and field guides. 

Cracker Box Palace at Historic Alasa Farms is an animal shelter that cares for horses, cows, sheep, goats, pigs, geese, chickens, rabbits, and more. Cracker Box Palace is also home to 10 miles of trails filled with great habitat for a plethora of birds, especially migratory warblers, and sits up against Sodus Bay, providing a great resource to waterfowl. 

Please note: We will meet at the parking lot across the street at Cracker Box Palace (6420 Shaker Road, North Rose, NY, 14516). 

  • Fee: $10/individual
  • Registration is required
  • Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult

Call (315) 365-3588 or email montezuma@audubon.org with any questions or concerns. 

To make your reservation, click on the date you want to join us at Cracker Box Palace and complete the registration form.

Wednesday, April 24 at 10am

Tuesday, May 7 at 5pm

Saturday, June 29 at 10am

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Warbler Migration Presentation & Guided Walk

Wednesday, May 1, 2024 at 3pm

Blackburnian Warbler. Photo: Shirley Donald/Audubon Photography Awards

Happy first day of May! What better way to start a new month than to learn about the tiny migratory birds that have made their long-awaited journey back to the Montezuma Wetlands Complex? Join a Montezuma Audubon Center educator for a presentation on warbler migration this time of year and all the different kinds of warblers that call the Complex home for summer. Common Yellowthroat Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, and Cerulean Warblers are just a few we will highlight and hope to see! We may even hear the buzz from our small but mighty pollinators in our wildflower meadow. 

With our new warbler knowledge, we will head out for a 1-mile leisure birding walk in our forest and grassland trail. No prior birding experience necessary! We will provide binoculars and field guides for the duration of the program. We will meet at the Montezuma Audubon Center (2295 State Route 89, Savannah, NY 13146).

  • Fee: $10/individual
  • Registration is required
  • Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult

Call (315) 365-3588 or email montezuma@audubon.org with any questions. 

Register here!

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Songbird Walk

Friday, May 3, 2024 at 2PM

An eastern bluebird sitting on an ilex vomitoria branch. The plant has produced leaves and berries.
Eastern bluebird. Photo: Steve Herron/ Audubon Photography Awards.

By the beginning of May, many species of songbirds will have returned to the Finger Lakes Region, and their song will be filling the air. We will use Audubon's Online Bird Guides as well as the Cornell Lab of Ornithology's app Merlin to learn some distinct and not so distinct calls! We will go for a 1 mile walk through the forested trails to see some of our songbird species, listen to their calls, and improve our identification skills.  

This tour will take place at the Montezuma Audubon Center (2295 State Route 89). It is great for participants of all ages.

  • Fee: $10/ Individual
  • Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Space is limited and registration is required. 

Please call (315) 365-3588 or email montezuma@audubon.org with any questions. 

Register Here!

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Nature Journaling at the MAC: Mental Health Awareness Month

Saturday, May 4, 2024 at 2pm

Girl with Blank Journal. Photo: Walt Stoneburner/CC BY 2.0 DEED

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Studies have shown being immersed in nature has a variety of positive effects on one’s health; lowering blood pressure and decreasing stress levels. Join a Montezuma Audubon Center educator for a nature journaling and nature immersion experience.

Nature journaling is the practice of recording your observations in nature. How does this relate to mental health? This practice creates a space for you to use your senses to experience the outdoors and ground yourself to nature. Will we hear Eastern Bluebirds singing along with our pollinators buzzing? Will we see American Robins bring food to their nests?

We will go through exercises of sketching, drawing, and writing to document your observations. All supplies will be provided, and all participants will take home their own nature journal made by local company, Acorn Designs. This program will take place at the Montezuma Audubon Center (2295 State Route 89, Savannah, NY 13146). 

  • Fee: $15/individual
  • Registration is required
  • Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult

Call (315) 365-3588 or email montezuma@audubon.org with any questions. 

Register here! 

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Guided Spring Birding Hike with Montezuma Winery & Hidden Marsh Distillery

Saturday, May 11 at 10am

Yellow-rumped Warbler Photo: Megumi Williamson/Audubon Photography Awards

Embrace the spring season with the Montezuma Audubon Center and Montezuma Winery & Hidden Marsh Distillery! Join an Audubon educator for a guided birding hike along the U.S. Fish & Wildlife South Spring Pool trail to welcome our warblers back from their southern migration. After our guided excursion, continue the fun at Montezuma Winery & Hidden Marsh Distillery for a wine & snack pairing flight. After you sample your wine and have a bite to eat, Daena Ford from Braddock Bay Raptor Research will present her raptor ambassadors for a live and up-close look!

All are welcome to join us for this program, whether you would like to do a wine tasting or not. Please select your preferred flight when purchasing tickets. If your preferred flight is not available, please send an email to montezuma@audubon.org with your selection. 

Location: This event will start at the National Wildlife Refuge South Spring Pool Trail off State Route 89, across the street from the Hunter Check Point Station. We will then make our way to Montezuma Winery & Hidden Marsh Distillery: 2981 Route 20, Seneca Falls, NY 13148. If coming in a group, we recommend carpooling as space is limited at the lot of the trailhead. More parking is available across the street at the National Wildlife Refuge's Hunter Check Point Station. Please email montezuma@audubon.org if more directions are needed. 

  • Fee: $35/participant with wine flight, $20 participant without a wine flight
  • Registration is required
  • Program duration: 10am-1:30pm
  • This event is 21+ years old and winery staff may ask for identification

Please call (315) 365-3588 or email montezuma@audubon.org with any questions or concerns. 

Register here!

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Mother's Day Guided Hike

May 11, 2024 at 3PM

A pine warbler sitting on some wildflowers in the foreground. Background is blurred.
Pine Warbler. Photo: Judy Lyle/ Great Backyard Bird Count.

Celebrate your mom by spending time with her in nature! On the Saturday before Mother's Day, join Montezuma Audubon Center educators for a 1 mile guided hike on the trails behind the center. Many species of songbirds will have returned to the Finger Lakes region and will serenade us as we walk. We may also see swans, waterfowl, and perhaps even a bald eagle! At the end of the program, all moms will be given a seed packet of wildflowers native to the Finger Lakes Region to plant in her garden.   

This program will take place at the Montezuma Audubon Center (2295 State Route 89). This program is great for all ages and families.

  • Fee: $10/ Individual
  • Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult. 
  • Space is limited and registration is required. 

Please call (315) 365-3588 or email montezuma@audubon.org with any questions. 

Register Here!

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Girl Scout Badge Day!- Trail Adventure

Saturday, May 18, 2024 at 2pm

Grassland Trail at the MAC Photo: Teresa Pietrusinski

Are you a Girl Scout Troop leader or parent looking for your scout to earn more badges? The Montezuma Audubon Center is hosting a badge specific day for all levels of Girl Scouts. This session will focus on the Trail Adventure badge which services Daisy, Brownie, Junior, Cadette, Senior, and Ambassador levels.

Audubon educators will introduce your scouts to trail adventures through the following:

-Choosing your trail adventure

-Planning and preparing for a trail adventure

-What gear to bring on a trail adventure

-How and why to train for a trail adventure

-How to set a goal for your trail adventure

-How to respectfully interact with nature through going on a trail adventure at the MAC

 This two-hour program will include a presentation on the above topics and then a guided birding hike on the Center's two-mile trail system. Scouts will be divided up from Daisy-Junior and Cadette-Ambassador. Please bring the following gear for your scouts: backpack, water, sturdy shoes, sunscreen. We will provide binoculars and maps. Please email montezuma@audubon.org or call (315) 365-3588 with any questions

  •  Fee: $10/participant
  • Registration is required for all scouts
  • Children must be accompanied by troop leader or guardian

Call (315) 365-3588 or email montezuma@audubon.org with any questions.

Register here!

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Sunset Guided Birding Hike

Saturday, May 18 at 6pm

Sandhill Crane. Photo: Mark Wright/Audubon Photography Awards

Bright colors of pinks, blues, and purples are starting to pop up in the Montezuma Audubon Center’s trails providing great habitat for songbirds, hummingbirds, and our pollinator insect friends. Join a MAC educator on a sunset guided hike through our marsh, forest, and grassland trails to learn about how our diverse habitat supports all the different types of birds in the Montezuma Wetlands Complex! 

Our trails provide a great landscape to see the sun set against our native wildflower fields and reflective marshes. We will be able to hear a variety of songbirds getting ready for mating and nesting season, possibly a Great-horned Owl beginning its day, and hope to see a Bald Eagle or Sandhill Cranes soar above. 

This 2-mile leisure hike is open to all who wish to participate! No prior birding experience necessary. We will have binoculars and field guides to loan out for the duration of the program. 

  • Fee: $10/participant
  • Registration is required
  • Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult

Call (315) 365-3588 or email montezuma@audubon.org with any questions or concerns. 

Register here!

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Montezuma Wildflower Walk

Thursday, May 23, 2024 at 4:30PM

A field of black-eyed susans, with the front and center flower the most clear.
Black-Eyed Susan Photo: Camilla Cerea/ Audubon

May is one of the best times to see the first blooming wildflowers. Join Montezuma Audubon Center educators to learn about wildflowers and their importance to birds while going on a 1.5 mile hike on the trails behind the center. At the end, participants will be able to bring home seed packets of wildflowers native to the Finger Lakes Region to plant in their gardens. While we're out, we will do some birding. 

This program will take place at the Montezuma Audubon Center (2295 State Route 89, Savannah, New York). It is a great program for all ages and families. 

  • Fee: $10/ individual
  • Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. 
  • Space is limited and registration is required.

Please call (315) 365-3588 or email montezuma@audubon.org with any questions.

 Register Here!

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Ponding with an Educator

Saturday, May 25, 2024 at 10AM

Aquatic macroinvertebrate identification sheets on a picnic table. Two children's arms bent over the identification sheets. One child holds a crayfish.
Macroinvertebrate identification Photo: USFWS Southeast/ CC BY 2.0

Have you ever wondered what critters live just below the surface? Get out your water shoes and find out! Montezuma Audubon Center educators will provide dip nets and identification help to solve the mystery of who lives in a wetland. Participants will have the opportunity to interact with live frogs, tadpoles, turtles, and many of the insect larvae who live in our ponds. This is a fun way for families to get outside to kickoff Memorial Day Weekend! 

This program will take place at the Montezuma Audubon Center (2295 State Route 89, Savannah, New York). It is a great program for all ages and families. Please note that we will be getting our feet wet, so proper footwear is recommended. 

  • Fee: $10/ individual
  • Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. 
  • Space is limited and registration is required.

Please call (315)365-3588 or email montezuma@audubon.org with any questions. 

 Register Here!

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Memorial Day Weekend Birding & Boating

Saturday, May 25 at 2pm

Florida Assembly Kayakers Photo: Luke Franke

Happy Memorial Day weekend! The Montezuma Audubon Center is ready to get out on the water and see what birds are enjoying out freshwater channels. Join a MAC educator for an afternoon paddle at Rivers Crossing Campground and Marina along the Erie Canal. 

We are sure to see dabbling ducks with their bills down in the water looking for food, Great Blue Herons majestically taking off, and many warblers flittering along the vegetation of the canal. New to birding and kayaking? No worries! We will have plenty of field guides and binoculars to loan out. Prior to getting on the water, we will go over basic paddle strokes and get everyone comfortable in their own kayak. 

You are welcome to bring your own kayak or rent one from us, ticket pricing will vary. All ages are welcome, but children will need to bring their own kayak as we do not provide child kayaks.

  •  Fee:
    • Child (No rental): $15/child
    • Adult (No rental): $20/adult
    • Adult (Kayak rental): $30/adult
  • Registration is required
  • Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult

We will meet at Rivers Crossing Campground and Marina (508 State Route 89, Savannah, NY 13146) and begin our paddle there.

Call (315) 365-3588 or email montezuma@audubon.org with any questions. 

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Private Birding Tours—Reconnect with Nature at Montezuma

Enjoy a unique bird-watching tour of the 50,000-acre Montezuma Wetlands Complex! These outings 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.

For driving tours, you will 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 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 (facial coverings required and physical distancing guidelines must be followed).

  • Fee: $150
  • Available year-round for groups of up to 10 people
  • To plan and reserve your customized tour, call 315-365-3588 or email montezuma@audubon.org

Testimonial

"The highlight of our visit to the Finger Lakes region was the private bird watching tour through the Montezuma Audubon Center. Since it was only my immediate family and the tour guide, it was the perfect COVID-friendly event for our vacation. The tour guide met us at the Audubon Center, lent out sanitized binoculars, and explained what type of birds we were planning to see. We then followed the Audubon Center van in our own car and were able to communicate with the tour guide using a conference line throughout the drive. We made four stops and at each stop, we had the opportunity to ask questions while bird watching. My kids, ages 5 & 8, and my parents in their late 70's enjoyed it as much as I did. We were lucky enough to see a Bald Eagle within close range and saw several circling in the distance. We also learned about waterfowl and spotted several species. My kids couldn't wait to get home and tell my husband all about their adventures of bird watching, while my parents were quick to post their bald eagle photos on social media. The tour guide had proper masking and distancing throughout the entire two and a half hour event. I highly recommend that anyone, regardless of age, consider this for their next Finger Lakes vacation." —Hadas Liebermann (Kingston, NY)

Public Program Cancellation/Reimbursement Policy:

  • If the Montezuma Audubon Center (MAC) cancels an event for any reason, we will initiate a full reimbursement to your original method of payment.
  • If you need to cancel your registration for an event, please call or email the MAC at 315-365-3588 or montezuma@audubon.org at your earliest convenience.
  • If you cancel more than seven days before the event, we will initiate a reimbursement minus a 10% administrative fee, to your original form of payment.
  • No reimbursements are issued for cancellations received less than a week before the date of the event.

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