Bald Eagles

In 1976 NYSDEC and US Fish and Wildlife Service joined resources in an unprecedented attempt to bring bald eagles back to the Finger Lakes.

During a five-year period they brought young eaglets to a “hacking tower” at Clark’s Ridge on the Refuge and finished raising them in preparation for release. They ultimately released 23 birds. When the program ceased at Clark’s Ridge it was moved to a DEC management area in western New York.

In 1987 a local farmer discovered an active bald eagle nest with two eaglets near the Refuge. We now have at least 15 nests on or near the Montezuma Wetlands Complex.

Bald Eagle nesting update May 11, 2020

Bald Eagle nesting update May 11, 2020

In and around the Montezuma Wetlands Complex: 12 out of 15 nests have hatched; I have seen a total of 14 eaglets in those nests so far!! 3 of them have 2 eaglets and the others have 1. Some of those nests could have more eaglets as the season progresses, I just can’t see them yet. 3 nests can’t be checked right now and 1 nest has had no nesting activity yet.

Bald Eagle nesting update April 29, 2020

Bald Eagle nesting update April 29, 2020

In and around the Montezuma Wetlands Complex: 11 out of 15 nests have hatched; I have seen a total of 14 eaglets in those nests so far!! 3 of them have 2 eaglets and the others have 1. Some of those nests could have more eaglets as the season progresses, I just can’t see them yet. 3 nests can’t be checked right now and 1 nest has had no nesting activity yet.

Bald Eagle nesting update April 15, 2020

In and around the Montezuma Wetlands Complex: 11 out of 15 nests have hatched; have seen a total of 5 eaglets in 3 of those nests so far! 1 nest appears to still be incubating; 2 nests can’t be checked right now and 1 nest has had no nesting activity yet.

Bald Eagle nesting update April 3, 2020

In and around the Montezuma Wetlands Complex: We have discovered another nest bringing our total to 15 nests!
6 out of 15 nests appear to have hatched, 5 nests appear to still be incubating, one nest has no activity and we couldn’t check three other nests.