Thank you for another successful Muckrace.

Another Muckrace is in the books, but you can still donate to your favorite team! Read this year’s Muckrace Musings.

Mark your calendar! Muckrace 2020 (#24) is Friday-Saturday September 11th–12th, 7PM-7PM .








2019 Highlights


Species Seen

Funds Raised

Muckrace News Past and Present

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).

The 20th Annual Muckrace Musings

A great turnout of enthusiastic birders enjoyed the ‘Big Day’, 24-hour birding event and premier fund-raising effort of the Friends of the Montezuma Wetlands Complex. This was the 20th annual Muckrace and it continues to provide good times for birders of all skills and ages.

The 19th Annual Muckrace Musings

This ‘Big Day’, 24-hour birding event and premier fundraising effort of the Friends of the Montezuma Wetlands Complex continues to provide good times for birders of all ages. Although rain paid a visit mid-day on Saturday, and returned with about a half-hour to go, spirits were not dampened for the all-time record numbers of 135 participants and 37 teams.

The 18th Annual Muckrace Musings

[cycloneslider id="muckrace-2014"] Cool weather prevailed and a mid-day rain shower confounded some of the best laid birding strategies, but a crazy good time was had by all at the 2014 Montezuma Muckrace. This ‘Big Day’, 24-hour birding event is the premier...

What is the Muckrace?

Teams bird together from 7:00 PM Friday until 7:00 PM Saturday, trying to locate as many bird species as possible. Winning teams over the past several years have identified as many as 148 species, and collectively, as many as 192 species have been seen by the 15 to 28 teams, in a single day

In the 20-year Muckrace history, over $125,000 has been donated in support of bird habitat restoration, research or public access.  Recent projects have included: a touch screen display at the Montezuma Audubon Center highlighting habitat restoration, removal of invasive plants and replacement with wildflowers for pollinators at the Refuge Visitor Center, improvement of water level management on a 448-acre impoundment, construction of the Deep Muck observation deck, and support for American Black Duck winter banding.

Items for Muckrace Enthusiasts

Past Muckrace Musings for your enjoyment: