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Montezuma Winter Raptor Survey

The 2017/2018 Montezuma Winter Raptor Survey season is underway.

Surveys have been conducted annually at Montezuma since 2010. Wetlands and grasslands are surveyed weekly from November through March to determine whether management and restoration efforts in the Complex are providing high quality habitat for wintering raptors. Two raptor species, the Northern Harrier (NOHA), a locally breeding resident, and the Short-eared Owl (SEOW), generally a winter visitor from areas to our north, receive special attention. Monitoring of these species is conducted state-wide in an attempt to protect and improve habitat.

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Rail Banding Project 2016

One project accomplished in 2016 was the launch of a multi-year rail banding study. Rails are common in the Montezuma Marshes, but they are secretive and infrequently encountered. The goal of the study is to uncover important information about their secret lives – to better understand, especially, the movement and habitat utilization of rails in the Northern Montezuma Wildlife Management Area marshes.

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The 20th Annual Muckrace Musings

A great turnout of enthusiastic birders enjoyed the ‘Big Day’, 24-hour birding event and premier fund-raising effort of the Friends of the Montezuma Wetlands Complex. This was the 20th annual Muckrace and it continues to provide good times for birders of all skills and ages.

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