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Montezuma Audubon Center Announces Birding Programs

The end of May and early June is a great time to see many different migrating songbirds in the Montezuma Wetlands Complex. Join Montezuma Audubon Center educators for a variety of different ways to see them and other bird species this summer. Prepare to see Osprey, Bald Eagles, Great Blue Herons, Purple Martins, and potentially the Cerulean Warbler! With a wide variety of activities, there is surely a way for everyone to enjoy time in nature.
Sunset Yoga with the Birds- Friday, May 31 at 7PM
Enjoy a relaxing evening with the birds of the Montezuma Audubon Center! As the birds begin to retreat to their nests for the evening, the Montezuma Audubon Center welcomes you for a peaceful evening of sunset yoga with Linda Galbato of Pure Moon Yoga based in Auburn, New York. Will we see a Great Blue Heron show off their elegant one-legged pose or Sandhill Cranes fly by with their stretched-out legs for inspiration? Will the beginning of native wildflower blooms create a sense of excitement for the summer season ahead?
Known for her training in breathwork and bringing balance to the body and mind, Linda will take you through one hour of gentle yoga practice. All experience levels are welcome as this session will focus on releasing tension, connecting with the breath, and helping participants gain strength and flexibility.
  • Program Fee: $12/Individual.
  • This program is best suited for individuals 13+.
  • We will meet at the Montezuma Audubon Center (2295 State Route 89, Savannah, New York), and the program will be held there.
  • Space is limited and registration is required.
Let’s Go Birding Together- Saturday, June 1 at 10AM
Let’s Go Birding Together is a guided walk that is for everyone who loves birds and the outdoors. We welcome those who identify as LGBTQ, allies, families, and anyone who wants to enjoy an outdoor experience that is inclusive. To kick off Pride month, we are beginning our summer of Let’s Go Birding Together! excursions.
We will take a leisurely two-mile walk to explore a section of Howland’s Island, which is part of the larger NYSDEC Northern Montezuma Wildlife Management Area. There will be little elevation change during the walk, and we will be primarily traveling along a gravel access road. Target bird species include Cerulean Warbler, Blue-winged Warbler, Wood Thrush, Veery, and Red-eyed Vireo.
  • Fee: $7.50/ Child, $10/ Adult, $30/ Family
  • We will meet at Howland’s Island (14085 Carncross Road, Savannah, NY.)
  • Space is limited and registration is required.
Kickoff the Summer Guided Paddle- Saturday, June 1 at 2PM
Summer is here! Join Montezuma Audubon Center educators for a fun Saturday afternoon paddle on the Erie Canal. We will do some birding and learn about some of the nearby aquatic vegetation. Bring some binoculars and celebrate the start of summer!
We are sure to see dabbling ducks with their bills down in the water looking for food, Great Blue Herons majestically taking off, and many warblers flittering along the vegetation of the canal. New to birding and kayaking? No worries! We will have plenty of field guides and binoculars to loan out. Prior to getting on the water, we will go over basic paddle strokes and get everyone comfortable in their own kayak.
You are welcome to bring your own kayak or rent one from us, ticket pricing will vary. All ages are welcome, but children will need to bring their own kayak as we do not provide child kayaks.
  • Program Fee: Child (No Rental)- $15, Adult (No Rental)- $20, Adult (With Rental)- $30
  • We will meet at Rivers Crossing Campground and Marina (508 State Route 89, Savannah, NY 13146) and begin our paddle there.
  • Space is limited and registration is required.  
To make your reservation, click https://ny.audubon.org/montezuma-programs-and-events and select the event you want to attend.
Call 315-365-3588 or email [email protected] with questions.
Cerulean Warbler. Photo: USDA/ DJ McNeil
About Audubon
The National Audubon Society protects birds and the places they need, today and tomorrow, throughout the Americas using science, advocacy, education and on-the-ground conservation. Audubon’s state programs, nature centers, chapters and partners have an unparalleled wingspan that reaches millions of people each year to inform, inspire and unite diverse communities in conservation action. Since 1905, Audubon’s vision has been a world in which people and wildlife thrive. Audubon is a nonprofit conservation organization. Learn more how to help at http://audubon.org and follow us on Twitter and Instagram at @audubonsociety.
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