The 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 is open year-round for educational, conservation, and recreational programs for families, Scouts, home schooled children, schools, and other groups. Our largest event of the year is the Wildlife Festival held the first Saturday in May with tons of fun for the entire family.
The Complex, the first globally significant Important Bird Area designated by the National Audubon Society, is comprised of 50,000 acres of federal, state, and private lands with a mixture of wetlands, forests, agricultural areas, and grasslands.
Due to it’s location on the Atlantic Flyway, the Complex provides essential waterfowl feeding and resting areas. Over 500,000 Canada Geese pass through the Complex each migration season. During the spring migration, flocks of hundreds of thousands of Snow Geese regularly use the area. In the late fall, American black duck numbers peak at more than 25,000 and mallards peak at 100,000. Another bird that adds to the significance of the Complex is the Cerulean Warbler, a species of concern in NY. This blue bird with white stripes on it’s wings is a bit smaller than a chickadee. During the breeding season, over 40 male Cerulean Warblers can be seen, but more likely heard, high in the trees of Montezuma’s forests. You never know what you are going to find at Montezuma but it is guaranteed to be wild!
We’re glad you’re here. Inside you’ll find a staff member or volunteer ready to greet you and answer any questions that you have. When you’re not here, you can stay connected with us on the web at http://ny.audubon.org/montezuma or on Facebook. If you would like to find out more information about the Center or to register for a program, call 315.365.3588 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.