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Drone Pics of Northern Montezuma

We put the drone up Friday for her first workout and took a few pics.  It's tough getting whole marsh pics at places like Marten's Tract or Guys Marsh without flying higher than is legal or being at an angle that makes it tough to pic out detail. You can see in some...

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Montezuma Winter Raptor Survey

The 2016/2017 Montezuma Winter Raptor Survey season is underway.

Surveys have been conducted annually at Montezuma since 2010, and will be conducted weekly on Wednesdays, one half hour before sunset to one half hour after sunset through the end of March.

Volunteers are directed to a variety of locations across the complex by our Raptor Survey guru, volunteer David Marsh. Those who are experienced in identifying Raptors are needed.

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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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Duck Banding on Cuyuga Lake

What a great celebration of wildlife in the Finger Lakes! We had a great turnout of about 80 people of all ages and interests. Students from SUNY ESF and Oswego made the trip. Ducks cooperated pretty well, with almost 40 mallards and black ducks. It is a highlight for...

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