Visitor Services

  • Montezuma NWR is again the host for this year’s state Junior Duck Stamp contest. Entries are due March 15 and judging will be scheduled for late March.
  • Gayle and Andrea will meet with Visitor Center Desk and Store volunteers on Friday, February 22, for a pre-season informational and scheduling meeting. We will open for the season on Saturday, March 16, 2019. The Wildlife Drive remains closed; opening April 1, weather- depending.
  • Snow goose season is ongoing.
  • We are in the midst of a public comment period for a compatibility determination (CD) about what we call our “Big 4” public uses: Wildlife observation; Wildlife photography; Environmental education; Environmental interpretation. The comment period ends February 25, 2019. This is an updated CD, consolidating regulations and practices like pedestrian/ski/snowshoe use, bicycle use, vehicular travel, etc. These uses facilitate the “Big 4”. The update was caused by a change of circumstances including opening a portion of the east dike at the Sandhill Crane Unit to be part of the Erie Canalway/Empire Trail, as well as plans to extend the Wildlife Drive through the Hidden Marsh area in order to better connect Norther and Southern Montezuma!
  • We are looking for RV work campers or volunteers who could stay in the quarters for the summer; maintenance/mowing skills and visitor center and store duties are most needed.

Biological Program

  • Biologist Linda Ziemba states,”Still catching up from the shut-down. I’ll know the full impact better when the field season starts, and I see what I didn’t get done.”
  • The Annual Bald Eagle Survey was moved from January to February 8 this year to accommodate the count in relation to the government shutdown. A great survey again this year!

Other Info

  • Nancy retired on 1/31/19; we are planning a retirement party and waiting to hear from her about a date.
  • The Administrative Officer Vacancy will be filled (eventually)
  • Brush work beginning now (Fecon work)
  • Continual work on east road at Hidden Marsh