News From Friends of The Montezuma Wetlands Complex

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...

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...

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...

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.

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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Ninth Annual Robert DeRoo Memorial Conservation Dinner and Youth Hunt

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.

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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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