On The Canals Snowshoe Excursions
When the snow begins to fall, the fun starts to heat up at Montezuma Audubon Center! Join us for a leisurely 1-mile snowshoe hike around the marshes, among the grasslands, and through the forest while learning about the many birds that are found here during the winter months such as the Bald Eagle, Golden-crowned Kinglet and Eastern Bluebird. Additionally, we'll explore the winter carpet of freshly fallen snow which captures the story of hardy mammals like the coyote, mink, red fox, and muskrat.
This program is funded by the New York State Canal Corporation.
- Program Fee: FREE
- All ages welcome
- Space is limited and registration is required
- Snowshoes, binoculars and bird guides will be provided
- The program will proceed as a guided hike if there isn't enough snow for snowshoeing
- Masks are required while inside Montezuma Audubon Center
- Call 315-365-3588 or email firstname.lastname@example.org with questions
As of January 7, all the excursions are sold out.
- January 8 @ 10 a.m. SOLD OUT
- January 8 @ 1 p.m. SOLD OUT
- January 15 @ 10 a.m. SOLD OUT
- January 15 @ 1 p.m. SOLD OUT
- January 22 @ 10 a.m. SOLD OUT
- January 22 @ 1 p.m. SOLD OUT
- January 29 @ 10 a.m. SOLD OUT
- January 29 @ 1 p.m. SOLD OUT
- February 5 @ 10 a.m. SOLD OUT
- February 5 @ 1 p.m. SOLD OUT
- February 12 @ 10 a.m. SOLD OUT
- February 12 @ 1 p.m. SOLD OUT
- February 19 @ 10 a.m. SOLD OUT
- February 19 @ 1 p.m. SOLD OUT
- February 26 @ 10 a.m. SOLD OUT
- February 26 @ 1 p.m. SOLD OUT
(Public) Montezuma Birding Tours
Join Montezuma Audubon Center staff for a birding tour this winter and you won’t be disappointed! There is an abundance of migratory as well as year-round resident birds in the Montezuma Wetlands Complex this time of year. Throughout the winter, we can expect to find songbirds including American Tree Sparrows, Dark-eyed Juncos, woodpeckers, finches, and even Eastern Bluebirds flitting around the grasslands and forests. As the season wears on, we welcome hundreds of thousands of waterfowl including several dozen species of ducks, Canada and Snow Geese, and swans to Cayuga Lake, as they migrate to (or through) the Finger Lakes. We will also keep our eyes and ears open for sounds of over-wintering raptors like Northern Harriers, Bald Eagles, Rough-legged Hawks, and Short-eared Owls.
These tours take place in your own vehicle as you follow behind the Audubon van. 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, so facial coverings will be required unless you are fully vaccinated. We will also continue to follow physical distancing guidelines.
- Fee: $5/child, $10/adult, $30/family
- Suitable for ages 5 and up
- Space is limited and pre-paid online reservations are required.
- Meet at the 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.
- Bring your binoculars and camera to capture images of the beautiful habitats and wildlife.
- Call 315-365-3588 or email email@example.com with questions.
Click on the links below to register.
- 01/13/22 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
- 01/26/22 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
- 02/09/22 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
- 02/25/22 1 – 3:30 p.m.
- 03/05/22 1:30 – 4 p.m.
- 03/09/22 9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
- 03/12/22 1:30 – 4 p.m.
- 03/17/22 1:30 – 4 p.m.
- 03/19/22 9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
- 03/26/22 1 – 3:30 p.m.
Additional tour dates coming soon.
Montezuma Audubon Center School Field Trips
Designed for pre-K through high school students to connect with nature through minds-on and hands-on lessons and activities—inspiring children today to conserve the Earth for tomorrow.
Program Cancellation/Reimbursement Policy:
- If the Montezuma Audubon Center (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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
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 email@example.com
"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)
Bald Eagle Photo: Jim Chagares
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