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News From Friends of The Montezuma Wetlands Complex

The 23th Annual Muckrace Musings

On Friday September 6th at 7:00 pm, 151 birders (a new record – previous high was 141 in 2018) from 34 teams scoured the Montezuma Wetlands Complex for a 24-hour period and successfully rustled up good looks at a diverse mix of 176 species (4 below the 5-yr average and 9 below last year).

Bird List for 11/15/2019

We surveyed this morning with calm air and temps in the high 30's. Overall, pleasant conditions considering our recent blast of winter weather. We encountered mostly ice on the impoundments, no surprise there. The smaller units around the Wildlife Drive were ice...

Announcing the Launch Our New Mobile Phone Tour

We are pleased to announce the launch of a new mobile phone tour. The tour features 16 points of interest with the promise of more on the way. Created by the Friends of the Montezuma Wetlands Complex volunteers with help from  the Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge,...

The Stinging Possibility of Bee Extinction

Population levels of more than 700 North American bee species are declining at a breakneck pace, according to a report by the Biological Diversity Organization. There is an urgent drive by habitat restoration agencies like the partners within the Montezuma Wetlands...

Northern Montezuma WMA – February 2019 Update

MotusGrant awarded to greatly expand the number of Motus towers across 5 or 6 states, including ~20 in NY.  Braddock Bay tower to be installed soon.  They will use both types of receivers.  Seneca Meadows tower is up but running into technical difficulties.RailsOf our 11 nano-tagged Virginia Rails, only 1 was confirmed to stay in the area for more than 20 days.  Nine of them stayed in the NMWMA area for less than 6 days.

The 23th Annual Muckrace Musings

The 23th Annual Muckrace Musings

On Friday September 6th at 7:00 pm, 151 birders (a new record – previous high was 141 in 2018) from 34 teams scoured the Montezuma Wetlands Complex for a 24-hour period and successfully rustled up good looks at a diverse mix of 176 species (4 below the 5-yr average and 9 below last year).

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Bird List  for 11/15/2019

Bird List for 11/15/2019

We surveyed this morning with calm air and temps in the high 30's. Overall, pleasant conditions considering our recent blast of winter weather. We encountered mostly ice on the impoundments, no surprise there. The smaller units around the Wildlife Drive were ice...

read more
Announcing the Launch Our New Mobile Phone Tour

Announcing the Launch Our New Mobile Phone Tour

We are pleased to announce the launch of a new mobile phone tour. The tour features 16 points of interest with the promise of more on the way. Created by the Friends of the Montezuma Wetlands Complex volunteers with help from  the Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge,...

read more
The Stinging Possibility of Bee Extinction

The Stinging Possibility of Bee Extinction

Population levels of more than 700 North American bee species are declining at a breakneck pace, according to a report by the Biological Diversity Organization. There is an urgent drive by habitat restoration agencies like the partners within the Montezuma Wetlands...

read more

Northern Montezuma WMA – February 2019 Update

MotusGrant awarded to greatly expand the number of Motus towers across 5 or 6 states, including ~20 in NY.  Braddock Bay tower to be installed soon.  They will use both types of receivers.  Seneca Meadows tower is up but running into technical difficulties.RailsOf our 11 nano-tagged Virginia Rails, only 1 was confirmed to stay in the area for more than 20 days.  Nine of them stayed in the NMWMA area for less than 6 days.

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2019 Montezuma Midwinter Bald Eagle Survey

2019 Montezuma Midwinter Bald Eagle Survey

The Mid-Winter Bald Eagle Survey was conducted this morning by 32 surveyors over the same fourteen routes surveyed in prior years. A total 74 Bald Eagles (BAEA) were reported, a little below the record setting 81 Eagles sighted during last year's survey. This survey...

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Rail Banding Project Update – Northern Montezuma WMA – 2018

Rail Banding Project Update – Northern Montezuma WMA – 2018

The Northern Montezuma crew was out banding rails again this past field season.  This project began in 2016, and over the past 3 years we have banded a total of 142 Virginia Rails and 15 Soras.  A new element to the project in 2018 was the attachment of radio...

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