Montezuma Audubon Center

Montezuma Audubon Center Programs and Events

Please scroll to view all of our events and programs. We offer public programming year-round that includes, but is not limited to: guided birding tours, guided hikes, guided canoe, and kayak paddles, guest speakers, workshops, virtual presentations, and more!

Montezuma Birding Tours 

Grab your binoculars or camera and join us for a guided birding tour! There are dozens of bird species that spend the summer at the Montezuma Wetlands Complex raising their young and preparing for the fall migration. On a tour, we are likely to see or hear Sandhill Cranes, Black Terns, Bald Eagles, Prothonotary Warblers, and many other species of birds. Binoculars will be available for loan. 

You can register for a seat in our van or follow behind the van in your own vehicle. Upon checking in for the tour, 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.   
 

  • Fee for driving in your vehicle: $5/child, $10/adult, $30/family 
  • ​Fee for riding in the MAC van: $10/child, $15/adult 
  • Meet at Montezuma Audubon Center (2295 State Route 89, Savannah, NY). For a prompt departure, please arrive 15 minutes early to use the restroom and check-in. 
  • Suitable for ages 5 and up. 
  • Space is limited and pre-paid online reservations are required. 
  • Feel free to bring your own binoculars, scope, or camera. 
  • Call 315-365-3588 or email montezuma@audubon.org  with questions. 
     
To register for a Montezuma Birding Tour, please click the date you wish to attend and you will be redirected to the registration page.
Friday
07/01/22
1 - 3:30 p.m.
SOLD OUT
Wednesday 07/13/22 1 - 3:30 p.m.  
Thursday 07/21/22 5 - 7:30 p.m.  
Friday 08/05/22 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.  
Wednesday 08/17/22 1 - 3:30 p.m.  
Saturday 08/27/22 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.  
Thursday 09/01/22 5 - 7:30 p.m. Registration link coming soon!
Wednesday 09/14/21 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Registration link coming soon!
Wednesday 09/21/22 1 - 3:30 p.m. Registration link coming soon!
Thursday 09/29/22 4:30 - 7 p.m. Registration link coming soon!

If there is no availability for a tour date and time you would like to attend, please email montezuma@audubon.org to be added to a waitlist. We also offer private birding tour experiences. Please scroll down for more information. 

Birding and Boating: Montezuma Paddle Tours

Join us for a novice-level, guided canoe and kayak paddle at the Montezuma Wetlands Complex! Bring your own boat, or rent one from us, and come along to experience Montezuma from a different perspective. Bald Eagles, Osprey, Great Blue Herons, and a variety of songbirds can be seen or heard along the way. All paddles are no more than two miles in length, and are on calm, flat waters of the Erie Canal, Clyde River, or Seneca River. We have tandem canoes and single kayaks available and provide all the gear needed if you rent from us. Paddle tours are subject to be canceled or postponed due to inclement weather. Please review the cancelation policy for more details.   

  • Specific launch locations will be included on individual registration pages.

  • Fee: $10/child without rental, $15/adult without rental, $25/solo kayak rental, $40/canoe rental (maximum 2 adults plus 1 child). 

  • Suitable for ages 12 and up, and a parent or guardian must participate in the paddle tour as well.   

  • Space is limited and pre-paid reservations are required. 

  • Call 315.365.3588 or email montezuma@audubon.org with questions.  

Paddle tours are subject to be canceled or postponed due to inclement weather. Please review the cancelation policy for more details.   

NYSDEC Boat Launch @ Mosquito Point 08/20/22 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Registration link coming soon!
Rivers Crossing Campground & Marina 08/25/22 5 -7:30 p.m. Registration link coming soon!
Rivers Crossing Campground & Marina 09/03/22 5 -7:30 p.m. Registration link coming soon!
Rivers Crossing Campground & Marina 09/17/22 1 - 3:30 p.m. Registration link coming soon!
A paddle back in time

Birding and Boating: Day Trip Excursion

Join us for a brand-new, guided paddle excursion this summer! For the first time, a long-distance paddle is being offered for more seasoned paddlers. The group will paddle to the Montezuma Heritage Park which is the site of the historic, 31 arch Richmond Aqueduct that was built in 1849.

These free excursions led by Montezuma Audubon Center staff will launch by kayak from the Rivers Crossing Campground & Marina, 508 State Route 89, Savannah, NY 13146. Participants will embark on a guided paddle adventure along the Erie Canal and Clyde River in search of Bald Eagles, Ospreys and other wildlife adjacent to the Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge. Solo kayaks, paddles and personal floatation devices will be provided.

Approximately 2 hours. Suitable for ages 12 & up. Space is limited and registration is required. Click on the links below to register. Call 315.365.3588 or email montezuma@audubon.org with questions.

Friday, July 8 @ 10 AM

Friday, July 8 @ 1 PM

Saturday, July 9 @ 10 AM  FULL

Saturday, July 9 @ 1 PM

Sunday, July 10 @ 10 AM  FULL

Sunday, July 10 @ 1 PM

Friday, July 15 @ 10 AM

Friday, July 15 @ 1 PM

Saturday, July 16 @ 10 AM

Saturday, July 16 @ 1 PM

Sunday, July 17 @ 10 AM  FULL

Sunday, July 17 @ 1 PM

Friday, July 22 @ 10 AM

Friday, July 22 @ 1 PM

Saturday, July 23 @ 10 AM

Saturday, July 23 @ 1 PM

Sunday, July 24 @ 10 AM

Sunday, July 24 @ 1 PM

Friday, July 29 @ 10 AM

Friday, July 29 @ 1 PM

Saturday, July 30 @ 10 AM

Saturday, July 30 @ 1 PM

Sunday, July 31 @ 10 AM

Sunday, July 31 @ 1 PM

Friday, August 5 @ 10 AM

Friday, August 5 @ 1 PM

Saturday, August 6 @ 10 AM

Saturday, August 6 @ 1 PM

Sunday, August 7 @ 10 AM

Sunday, August 7 @ 1 PM

Friday, August 12 @ 10 AM

Friday, August 12 @ 1 PM

Saturday, August 13 @ 10 AM

Saturday, August 13 @ 1 PM

Sunday, August 14 @ 10 AM

Sunday, August 14 @ 1 PM

Friday, August 19 @ 10 AM

Friday, August 19 @ 1 PM

Saturday, August 20 @ 10 AM

Saturday, August 20 @ 1 PM

Sunday, August 21 @ 10 AM

Sunday, August 21 @ 1 PM

Friday, August 26 @ 10 AM

Friday, August 26 @ 1 PM

Saturday, August 27 @ 10 AM

Saturday, August 27 @ 1 PM

Sunday, August 28 @ 10 AM

Sunday, August 28 @ 1 PM

We look forward to paddling with you this summer!

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Cruise With Us On The Sam Patch Tour Boat

See and hear three dozen species of birds during a 90 minute cruise along the Erie Canal near the historic Village of Pittsford, New York. Chris Lajewski, center director at Montezuma Audubon Center, will join the crew of Sam Patch this summer to lead this unique series of cruises for all types of birders - experienced, novice, and just curious. Participants are encouraged to bring their own binoculars, though younger and first-time birders will receive a special pair of starter binoculars. Space is limited and registration is required. Click here to register. 

Great Blue Heron Photo: David Rice

Birding on the Erie Canal is supported by a generous grant from Erie Canalway.

Other Montezuma Audubon Center Programs and Events

Montezuma Moth Night
Montezuma Audubon Center

Montezuma Moth Night

Friday, July 8 @ 8:30 - 10:30 p.m.

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Bats of New York
Montezuma Audubon Center

Bats of New York

Friday, August 26 @ 7 - 9 p.m.

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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.

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)

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