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

Home School Nature Series: Owls

October 20 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

When you hear the word “owl,” what comes to mind? Do you picture a mysterious big-eyed bird of the night? Maybe you think about a symbol of wisdom or a character in books. Clearly, people are fascinated by owls and the best way to understand them is to learn as much as possible about them. […]

Happy Owl-ween

October 21 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

We are happy to welcome back Jean Soprano, of Kindred Kingdoms Wildlife Rehabilitation, who will have live owls on display during her presentation about the silent hunters of the night. Then, join the Montezuma Audubon Center staff for an owl prowl around the woods and grasslands to search for Montezuma’s wild owls and other nighttime […]

Montezuma Bird Watching Tour

October 25 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am

The peak of the waterfowl migration is upon us. Join our edu-cation staff and we’ll drive you in our van to visit three or four Montezuma birding hotspots where dozens of ducks, geese and swans rest and feed during their long and impres-sive journey. Binoculars and field guides will be provided. Fee: $8/child; $15/adult, $40/family.

Cayuga Lake Wine and Wings Tour

November 4 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 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 Monte-zuma Audubon Center van for an excursion to the northern end of the lake where up to 30 species of ducks, geese and swans can be seen. […]

Home School Nature Series: Bird Migration

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

Migration season is upon us and millions of birds are on the move! But, how do our feathered friends know where to go when they migrate? Homeschooled children ages 5-12 will discover how birds uses nature’s maps to find their way to their wintering locations and back home again. Fee: $8/student

Boy Scout Merit Badge: Environmental Conservation Merit Badge

November 11 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Boy Scouts are invited to complete the requirements for the Environmental Conservation Merit Badge with our fun and interactive program. Please be prepared to spend time out-side, and dress for the weather. Pre-requisites and pre-registration are required. All scouts must be accompanied by a parent, leader, or chaperone. Fee: $8/scout.

Bird Migration Mania Tour

November 16 @ 2:30 pm

The peak of the waterfowl migration is upon us and we know where to find thousands of ducks geese and swans. Join our education staff for a van tour around Montezuma to experience the birds as they settle into marshes for the night. Binoculars and field guides will be provided. Fee: $8/child; $15/adult, $40/family.

Girl Scouts Cadette Badge: Trees

November 18 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Girl Scout Cadettes are invited to grab their naturalist hats and get to know trees. From the shade to the science, thefruit to the forest, and the legends to the lumber. To know trees is to love them! All scouts must be accompanied by a parent, leader, or chaperone. Fee: $7/Scout.

Nature Photography Tour with Jim Montanus

December 2 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Ever wonder how to take the best picture with your camera? No camera is too big or small to take the perfect picture. Joinus for a traveling photography class lead by renowned photographer, Jim Montanus who will begin with a presentation about birding throughout the Montezuma Wetlands Complex and the fundamentals of photography. Later, we’ll […]

Home School Nature Series: Wild About Birds

December 8 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

The Montezuma Wetlands Complex is one of the most unique birding habitats in the northeast United States with 50,000 acres of forests, grasslands, wetlands, and open water and nearly 300 species can be found here. Some are colorful and some are drab. Some are tall and some are small. Through fun, interactive and hands-on educational […]

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.