Montezuma Audubon Center

The Montezuma Audubon Center is a cooperative effort by Audubon New York, the NYSDEC, the FWS and the FOTMWC.
Montezuma Audubon Center

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The Montezuma Audubon Center (MAC) is about one mile north of Savannah. The Center is sited immediately adjacent to two reclaimed marshes, open meadows, upland forest, seasonally flooded forest and a natural lake. The location makes possible education programs in a variety of habitats all within a short walk from the center building.

The MAC is Audubon New York’s first education facility in central New York, an important part of the network of Audubon Centers, and a new resource for educating residents and tourists about one of New York’s greatest wildlife resources.

Upcoming Events at the MAC

Winter Breakout Day Camp

February 22 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Winter Break is here and the fun is heating up! Students ages 5-12 will enjoy a winter adventure program that includes snowshoeing, winter games, nature exploration, and nature crafts. Come for the day (bring a lunch) or just the morning or afternoon sessions. Fee: $30/whole day, $20/half day.

Montezuma Raptor Tour

February 24 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Raptors have invaded the Montezuma Wetlands Complex and now is a great time to see them! Hop in the Montezuma Audubon Center van for an excursion to Montezuma’s premier birding locations to encounter Short-eared Owls, Bald Eagles, Northern Harriers, Rough-legged Hawks and more! Binoculars and field guides will be provided. Fee: $8/child, $15/adult.

Hot Cocoa and Snow – Snowshoe Night Hike

February 25 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

A white blanket of snow covering the rolling hills, the hoots from hunting owls, and twinkling stars overhead will set the scene for this guided hike through Montezuma’s forests and grasslands. Join us for a 1-mile hike over level terrain to explore the nighttime sights and sounds of these wildlife habitats. Then, warm up with […]

Cayuga Lake Birding Tour

March 1 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Cayuga Lake is an Audubon designated Important Bird Area because of the incredible number of waterfowl that use the lake during winter and migration seasons. Hop in the Montezuma Audubon Center van for an excursion to the northern part of the lake where up to 30 species of ducks, geese and swans can be seen. […]

Home School Nature Series: Montezuma Van Tour

March 10 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Spring migration is underway and our marshes, ponds, fields and lakes are teeming with waterfowl. Homeschoolers ages 5-12 will ride in the MAC van and tour the Montezuma Wetlands Complex. Students will improve their bird identification skills while viewing massive flocks of Snow Geese, Tundra Swans and other birds during their long journey. Fee: $8/student.

St. Patrick’s Day Wine and Wings Tour

March 18 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Wear your green and join us in the Montezuma Audubon Center’s van to search for elusive Short-eared Owls, Northern Harriers, Bald Eagles, and more! During the tour we’ll stop at the Montezuma Winery to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day while tasting award winning wines and learning how vineyards and Important Birds Areas can exist side by […]

Montezuma’s Migration Mania Tour

March 23 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

The Montezuma Wetlands Complex is Audubon’s first globally significant Important Bird Area because of the incredible number of waterfowl that stop here during the spring and fall migrations. Enjoy a leisurely ride in the Montezuma Audubon Center ‘s van for an excursion to Montezuma’s birding hot spots where hundreds of thousands of ducks, geese and […]

Boy Scout Merit Badge – Reptile and Amphibian Study

March 25 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Boy Scouts are invited to complete the Reptile and Amphibian Study Merit Badge requirements during this fun and interactive program. Scouts will need to complete a few requirements prior to the program. As always, please be prepared to go outside. Fee: $8/scout.

Derby Hill Hawk Watch Trip

March 28 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Visit Lake Ontario for the spectacular spring raptor migration and leave the driving to us. Travel with other birders in our van to view thousands of Bald Eagles, Red-tailed Hawks, Sharp-shinned Hawks, Turkey Vultures and more! This program is sponsored by the Onondaga Audubon Society. Please pack a lunch. Fee: $17.50/child, $25/adult.

Directions to the Montezuma Audubon Center

2295 Route 89, Savannah, NY 13146

Directions from Rochester (West):

Take I-490 East to Thruway I-90. Take Waterloo/ Seneca Falls exit 41. Turn Right onto NY-414/Ridge Rd. Turn Left onto NY 318. Turn Left onto NY-89. Stay straight onto Wiley Rd/ CR-374. Stay straight to go onto Hogback Rd./CR-376. Turn left onto NY-31. Turn Right onto Messner Rd/ CR-273. Turn left onto 89 North. MAC will be on the left past the town of Savannah.

Directions from Syracuse (East):

Take 690 West to I-90 West on Thruway. Take exit 40 toward Weedsport. Turn right onto 34 West. Take slight right onto 31 West. Merge onto 31/89. Continue on 89 North into Town of Savannah. Take right onto 89 North. MAC is on the left.

Directions from the South:

From Ithaca follow Route 89 North along Cayuga Lake. 89 North merges with 31 West. Continue into Savannah and take a right at the blinking light. MAC will be on the left 2 miles north of Savannah past Crusoe Creek.