The Montezuma Audubon Center’s autumn programs are a great way to connect with nature and experience the millions of birds migrating through this globally Important Bird Area! Bird watching tours, live owl demonstrations, home school and Scout programs will help you explore Montezuma’s forests, wetlands and grasslands and nearly 300 bird species. Space is limited and registration is required for all programs. Please call us at 315-365-3588 or email email@example.com.
Oct. 11, Wednesday, 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Sunset Bird Watching Walk
The peak of the waterfowl migration is here. Join us for a casual, 1-mile stroll through our grasslands and wetlands to see dozens of duck, goose, swan species as they settle into Montezuma for a good night’s rest. Binoculars and field guides will be provided. Fee: $5/child; $7/adult, $20/family.
Oct. 14, Saturday
10th Annual Robert F. DeRoo Memorial Youth Waterfowl and Pheasant Hunts
Youth ages 12 to 15 and their adult mentors are welcome to celebrate conservation through sportsmen activities. Youth hunters must possess a NYS issued Hunter Safety Certificate, a current NYS 2017-2018 Junior Hunting License, an appropriate firearm and should attend with an adult hunting mentor with a current 2017-2018 hunting license. Pre-registration is required. For more information, please call Donna Richardson at (315) 365-3588. Fee: FREE.
Oct. 20, Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Home School Nature Series: Owls
When you hear the word “owl,” what comes to mind? Do you picture a mysterious big-eyed bird of the night? Maybe you think about a symbol of wisdom or a character in books. Clearly, people are fascinated by owls and the best way to understand them is to learn as much as possible about them. Homeschooled children ages 5-12 will explore owl habitat, their unique characteristics and conservation projects at Montezuma. Fee: $8/student
Oct. 21, Saturday, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
We are happy to welcome back Jean Soprano, of Kindred Kingdoms Wildlife Rehabilitation, who will have live owls on display during her presentation about the silent hunters of the night. Then, join the Montezuma Audubon Center staff for an owl prowl around the woods and grasslands to search for Montezuma’s wild owls and other nighttime wildlife. Fee: $6/child, $8/adult, $25/family.
Oct. 25, Wednesday, 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Montezuma Bird Watching Tour
The peak of the waterfowl migration is upon us. Join our education staff and we’ll drive you in our van to visit several Montezuma birding hotspots where thousands of ducks, geese and swans rest and feed during their long and impressive journey. Binoculars and field guides will be provided. Fee: $8/child; $15/adult, $40/family.
Nov. 4, Saturday, 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Cayuga Lake Wine and Wings Tour
Cayuga Lake is an Audubon designated Important Bird Area because of the incredible number of waterfowl that use the lake during winter and migration seasons. Hop in the Montezuma Audubon Center van for an excursion to the northern end of the lake where up to 30 species of ducks, geese and swans can be seen. During the tour, we’ll stop at the Apple Station Winery for wine tastings and to learn how agriculture and wildlife thrive side by side! Binoculars and field guides will be provided. Must be 21+. Fee: $20/adult, includes wine tastings.
Nov. 10, Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 pm.
Home School Nature Series: Bird Migration
The bird migration season continues and millions of birds are on the move! But, how do our feathered friends know where to go when they migrate? Homeschooled children ages 5-12 will discover how birds uses a variety of tools to find their way to their wintering locations and back home again. Fee: $8/student
Nov. 11, Saturday, 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Boy Scout Merit Badge: Environmental Conservation
Boy Scouts are invited to complete the requirements for the Environmental Conservation Merit Badge with our fun and interactive program. Please be prepared to spend time outside, and dress for the weather. Pre-requisites and pre-registration are required. All scouts must be accompanied by a parent, leader, or chaperone. Fee: $8/scout.
Nov. 16, Thursday, 2:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Bird Migration Mania Tour
Over two dozen species of ducks, geese and swans are in the air and on the marshes and we know where to find them. Join our education staff for a van tour around Montezuma to experience the birds as they settle into wetland habitats for the night. Binoculars and field guides will be provided. Fee: $8/child; $15/adult, $40/family.
Nov. 18, Saturday, 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Girl Scouts Cadette Badge: Trees
Girl Scout Cadettes are invited to grab their naturalist hats and get to know trees. From the shade to the science, the fruit to the forest, and the legends to the lumber. To know trees is to love them! All scouts must be accompanied by a parent, leader, or chaperone. Fee: $7/Scout.
Nov. 25, Saturday, 6:00 p.m.—7:30 p.m.
Wait Till It Gets Dark Night Walk
Join guest naturalist George Steele on a walk exploring the nature of night. We’ll explore not only what animals might be out there and how they are adapted to the nighttime but how we can better explore the night by tuning in to our own five senses. Some of these activities will be featured in his new book “Wait Till It Gets Dark”. The walk will be preceded by a short reading from the book and then out in to the night we will go. The new book will be available in the nature store and George will be available to sign copies after the walk. Fee: $5/child, $7/adult, $20/family.
Dec. 2, Saturday, 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Nature Photography Tour with Jim Montanus
Ever wonder how to take the best picture with your camera? No camera is too big or small to take the perfect picture. Join us for a traveling photography class lead by renowned photographer Jim Montanus who will begin with a presentation about birding throughout the Montezuma Wetlands Complex and the fundamentals of photography. Later, we’ll travel around the Montezuma Wetlands Complex with Mr. Montanus to explore birding hot spots while receiving expert photography advice. Fee: $50/adult.
Dec. 8, Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Home School Nature Series: Wild About Birds
The Montezuma Wetlands Complex is one of the most unique birding habitats in the northeast United States with 50,000 acres of forests, grasslands, wetlands, and open water and nearly 300 species can be found here. Some are colorful and some are drab. Some are tall and some are small. Through fun, interactive, and hands-on educational activities, homeschoolers ages 5 to 12 will learn how to recognize field marks to identify birds while participating in a citizen science project that will lead to help Audubon conserve bird habitats. Fee: $8/student.
Dec. 16, Saturday, 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Montezuma Raptor and Riesling Tour
The holiday season is here and so are our wintering raptors. Join Montezuma Audubon Center education staff to tour Montezuma’s birding hotspots in our van to search for the elusive Short-eared Owls, Northern Harriers, Bald Eagles, and Snowy Owls! During the tour, we’ll stop at the Montezuma Winery for wine tastings and to learn how vineyards can provide important bird habitat. Must be 21+. Fee $20/adult, includes tasting fee.
Dec. 18, Monday
Montezuma Christmas Bird Count
The Christmas Bird Count (CBC) is a long-standing program of the National Audubon Society, with over 100 years of citizen science involvement. It is an early-winter bird census, where thousands of volunteers across the U.S., Canada and many countries in the Western Hemisphere, go out over a 24-hour period on one calendar day to count birds. Novice and experienced birders are welcome! Fee: FREE.
Montezuma Audubon Center
2295 State Route 89, Savannah, NY 13146
The Center is open Tuesday-Saturday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Our trails are open daily from dawn to dusk.
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The Montezuma Audubon Center is a state-owned facility operated through a cooperative agreement between the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
and the National Audubon Society.
We’re Dedicated to Enhancing the Habitat of the Montezuma Wetlands Complex & Surrounding Important Bird Areas. The Montezuma Wetlands Complex is Audubon’s First Globally Significant Important Bird Area.
Now in its second century, Audubon is dedicated to protecting birds and other wildlife and the habitat that supports them. Our national network of community-based nature centers and chapters, scientific and educational programs, and advocacy on behalf of areas sustaining important bird populations, engage millions of people of all ages and backgrounds in conservation. www.audubon.org.