Montezuma Holds National Wildlife Refuge Week Celebration

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NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE WEEK CELEBRATION AT MONTEZUMA!

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 19

Clean water. Clean air. Unusual and abundant wildlife. World-class recreation. The National Wildlife Refuge System provides and protects it all on 150 million acres of land and water from the Caribbean to the Pacific, Maine to Alaska. There is at least one national wildlife refuge in every state (http://www.fws.gov/refuges/ ). National Wildlife Refuge Week celebrates the richness of the more than 560 units that make up America’s National Wildlife Refuge System. And it’s a great opportunity to spend a day at the Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge—one of our nation’s premiere national wildlife refuges so close to where you live!

 

Enjoy a day at the Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge (3395 US Rte. 20 East, Seneca Falls, NY 13148) at our National Wildlife Refuge Week Celebration, Sunday, October 19, 2014.  Begin the day with a guided birding tour, 9:00-11:00 AM.  Meet at the Refuge Visitor Center.  Hop in our vehicles or caravan in your own car down the Wildlife Drive.  Along the way you will hear the story of how Montezuma was made while you watch the birds that use the refuge today!

 

All weekend, you can view our Share Your Photos display highlighting photographs of the refuge taken by visiting photographers, both amateur and professional.  From 1:00-3:00 PM on Sunday, October 19, attend our come-as-you-are reception, with live music by Jim Clare (http://jimclare.org/ ) and Perry Cleaveland. Refuge staff and volunteers will be on-hand with binoculars, spotting scopes, and information about the refuge, its wildlife, and opportunities for you to enjoy it year-round!

 

To submit a photograph of the refuge for our Share Your Photos display, select your favorite photo of the refuge and send a print to fit an 8×11 window mat (the outside mat measurement is 11×14), by Oct. 15, to Share Your Photo, Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge, 3395 U.S. Route 20 East, Seneca Falls, NY 13148.  Note, this is not a photography contest.  It is a display meant to highlight your talent and creativity, as well as to showcase scenes from the refuge.

 

Here’s what Montezuma has planned to help you celebrate National Wildlife Refuge Week on October 19:

  1. Guided Birding with Refuge Staff & Volunteers, 9:00 – 11:00 AM, meet at the Refuge Visitor Center
  2. Share Your Photos Weekend.  Send in your favorite photo taken at Montezuma by October 15 to 3395 U.S. Route 20 East, Seneca Falls, NY, 13148.  Your photo will be matted and displayed for the weekend!  Mat size is 11×14 inches, with an 8×11 inch window.
  3. Reception, 1:00 – 3:00 PM, at the Refuge Visitor Center.  Enjoy live music by Jim Clare and Perry Cleaveland and seasonal refreshments.

For more information, contact Andrea at 315-568-5987 or Andrea_VanBeusichem@fws.gov.

Montezuma Refuge Sunset

The Montezuma Wetlands Complex is an effort by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, and Ducks Unlimited, Inc., The Nature Conservancy, Audubon New York and private landowners to protect, restore and enhance wildlife habitat. It encompasses approximately 36,000 acres in Seneca, Cayuga and Wayne counties, New York and includes the federal Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge, the state Northern Montezuma Wildlife Management Area, and lands owned by conservation groups, farmers, and other private landowners. Public lands and some private land are managed to provide habitat for wildlife and recreation and education for people.

 

The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with others to conserve, protect and enhance fish, wildlife, plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. We are both a leader and trusted partner in fish and wildlife conservation, known for our scientific excellence, stewardship of lands and natural resources, dedicated professionals and commitment to public service. For more information on our work and the people who make it happen, visit www.fws.gov.