• Alyssa has been working on updating the MAC’s school programs, so that our programs align with the Next Gen Science Standards.
  • She’s also been working on winter programming including leading birding tours and snowshoe hikes, hosting a bird banding demonstration, and leading our popular Owl Prowl. Upcoming plans include working with school districts to get as many area students as possible to the MAC for field trips this spring.
  • Chris continues to be busy with fundraising activities. We reached our annual appeal fundraising goal and acknowledgment letters were mailed to donors. Also, he is working with the Montezuma Audubon Center Advisory Board to plan the Annual Benefit on June 10 at the Wayne Hills Country Club.
    Save The Date June 10 for Audubon Benefit
  • Grant proposals have been submitted to the John Ben Snow Foundation and Audubon Plants for Birds program. Additional proposals will be submitted to local foundations this winter and spring.
  • Chris secured a grant from the Central NY Community Foundation to engage 500 students from the City of Syracuse at the MAC in habitat restoration activities and environmental education programs.
  • Thank you Friends of the Montezuma Wetlands Complex for submitting a letter to Onondaga County in support of the Bald Eagle roost at Onondaga Lake. Chris has been working with our conservation partners to prevent any impact on the Onondaga Lake Bald Eagle roost by attending meetings, leading Bald Eagle tours for the Central NY community, and talking with the media about the significance of this natural phenomena.
  • Following Chris’ interview with Bob Lonsberry this morning, we agreed to talk on a regularly basis on 570WSYR in Syracuse and WAHM1180 in Rochester about recent bird sightings, upcoming programs and special events, and what people can do in their communities to help birds and other wildlife.
  • Planning continues for the 13th Annual Wildlife Festival on May 4th and 5th Annual Savannah Art Festival on September 28.

  • Mary Jo Doyle (Seneca Meadows Education Center educator) has resigned so Chris is interviewing candidates to fill this part-time position ASAP. Three new volunteers and our wonderful, long-time volunteers are helping staff the MAC this winter/spring.
  • Audubon NY and Audubon CT have taken on the task of reviewing, reflecting on, and seeing how we can elevate our best and most impactful work through a strategic planning process. The effort so far has involved the tireless and capable steering of a committee of Audubon NY and CT State, Centers and Chapters board members and extensive and thoughtful work by our staff. We have completed drafts of long term vision, objectives, strategies, critical steps and key performance indicators (KPIs) for all our program areas – Coasts, Working Lands, Climate, Water, Bird Friendly Communities as well as Centers and Sanctuaries.
  • 39 volunteers and staff participated in the Montezuma Christmas Bird Count (CBC) on Dec. 17 and found over 61,000 birds and 67 species. The highlight was a Red-necked Grebe on a pond in Clyde (first one ever found during a Montezuma CBC). The day before the count a few birders found one Gyrfalcon in a field in Seneca Falls so we’ll include that on our Count Week bird list