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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...

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...
Drone Pics of Northern Montezuma – Fall 2018

Drone Pics of Northern Montezuma – Fall 2018

Update October 29, 2018 – Current conditions at Northern Montezuma WMA, with Howland Island marshes being the exception, are generally dryer than normal. Seneca River water levels are currently rising, but remain low, with some associated impoundments being relatively...

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Drone Pics of Northern Montezuma

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

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

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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