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The Montezuma Audubon Center (MAC) is a state-owned facility operated through a cooperative agreement between the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and the National Audubon Society. The MAC houses a large exhibit area, classroom, nature store, office area, auditorium, and a meeting room.
On its 198 acres, there are five different types of habitat, two restored freshwater marshes, hiking trails, and an all-access observation platform. The Montezuma Wetlands Complex (MWC) is one of the largest conservation projects in the nation for reclamation of important wildlife and wetland habitat. The complex is a crucial migration stopover point for migrating waterfowl in the northeast. The MWC includes Northern Montezuma Wildlife Management Area as well as Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge.
Audubon New York operates the center, in partnership with the State Department of Environmental Conservation, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Ducks Unlimited, The Nature Conservancy, and Pheasants Forever in the planning of educational and interpretative programs and exhibits.
The MAC is a great addition to the already amazing 36,000 acre Montezuma Wetlands Complex. Visitors will be able to find a full day of activities by coming to enjoy the MAC, the National Wildlife Refuge, and all the creatures great and small in the MWC. When we visited on a cloudy Tuesday, we only saw two other people while we explored the area. The hiking trails are very easy and are well maintained.
The Montezuma Audubon Center is open Tuesday-Saturday 10am-4pm.
DIRECTIONS: The Montezuma Audubon Center is located approximately 2 miles north of Savannah on NY 89 and is a part of the 36,000 acre Montezuma Wetlands Complex (MWC).
From the west: take the New York State Thruway (I-90) to exit 42. Turn left onto NY 14 and follow for approximately 12 miles until you reach the intersection with NY 31. Turn right and follow NY 31 heading east into Savannah, about 15 miles. Turn left heading north at the blinking light onto NY 89. The Center will be on your left approximately 2 miles from the intersection of NY 31 and 89.
From the east: take the New York State Thruway (I-90) to exit 40 in Weedsport. Turn right off the ramp onto NY 34. Turn right on to NY 31 heading west. Follow NY 31 for approximately 12 miles to the intersection with NY 89 in the Hamlet of Savannah. Turn right at the blinking light onto NY 89. The Center is on your left, 2 miles north of the intersection of NY 31 and NY 89.
Trails are easy and well maintained
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