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Montezuma Audubon Center (MAC)

2295 State Route 89

Savannah, NY 13165



Coordinates: 43.07651°N 76.73454°W



Merganser Marsh with the observation platform (background left) and the center's building (background right).


Habitat: North of Cayuga Lake and in the lake's watershed, MAC is 198 flat acres consisting of 50 acres of native grasses, two small connecting marshy ponds and a lovely mixed woods. Swans, marsh birds, ospreys, and other birds frequent the ponds. Native sparrows, marsh birds like red-wings, and other wetland birds should be present from spring through autumn in the vegetation around the ponds. The woods has a variety of common local birds like red-tail hawks, blue jays, woodpeckers, chickadees, and nuthatches as well as migratory passerines like warblers, vireos, and tanagers.

Season: The best season is spring during migration, however, with overflow from Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge, MAC is a good place to bird at any season except for winter when the to marsh ponds are frozen. Even then, you should be able to find a wide variety of wintering birds in the woods, including hawks, owls, kinglets, evening grosbeaks, and siskins.


Amenities: The center has educational displays, exhibits, a nature store, and programs. There is a viewing platform between the woods and the northern pond (Merganser Marsh). A trail of about 2 mi./3.2 km. runs through the property. The kayak launch site for Crusoe Creek is just to the south of MAC on Route 89.

Access: MAC is located north of Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge in Wayne County on State Route 89, 2 mi./3.2 km. north of the Hamlet of Savannah.


For more information about MAC see: http://www.ilovethefingerlakes.com/recreation/naturecenters-MAC.htm


Nearby birding sites:

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge

Seneca Meadows Wetland Preserve


Updated 12 September 2010








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