CattailsNews From Friends of The Montezuma Wetlands Complex
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.read more
Check out the aerial images (and follow them as they are updated) to get a birds-eye view often hidden from below.read more
On Friday September 15th at 7:00 pm, 90 birders from 25 teams stormed the Complex for a 24-hour period and successfully rustled up good looks at a diverse mix of 173 species.read more
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...read more
The DeRoo Youth Conservation Event celebrated its ninth year providing youngsters with the opportunity to actually partake in hunting experiences for pheasant, waterfowl, and whitetail deer. The entire event took place over a two weekend period starting with the conservation dinner at the Montezuma Audubon Center (MAC) on Friday September 30th.read more
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.read more