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Montezuma Trip

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Enjoy a weekend in Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge, featuring field trips led by local birding experts.

immature bald eagle at Montezuma Immature bald eagle


Saturday, April 21

7:00 am: Meet at CLO Parking Lot

7:15 am: Depart for Montezuma NWR in car pools (Bring  non-perishable bag lunch/drink for Sat & Sun lunches )

Groups will make multiple birding stops along and between lakes on route to Montezuma NWR

12:00 - 1:00: Arrive at Montezuma NWR visitor center for picnic lunch

1:00-5:00: Birdwatching at Montezuma NWR South (Wildlife DriveVisitor Center, May's Point)

6:00pm:  Check in at the Inn at the Finger Lakes in Auburn (or group may decide to check in after dinner)

7:45 pm: Dinner at Parker's Grille or other nearby spots in Auburn (casual dress, bring money for your meal)

Sunday, April 22

6:00 am: Continental breakfast at hotel

7:00 am: Depart hotel for Montezuma NWR

7:30 - 12:00pm:  Birdwatching at Northern Montezuma Wetlands State Wildlife Management Area (Mucklands, Towpath Road, Audubon Center

12:00-1:00: Picnic lunch at the Montezuma Audubon Center

1:00 - 3:00: Birdwatching at Montezuma NWR (Carncross Road and Howland's Island)

3:00 pm: Depart for Ithaca (arrive back at CLO parking lot at approx. 4:00 pm)

Students will be assigned to groups based on their birding ability and stay with the same group and leader for the weekend.  Schedule is subject to change based on birds, weather and direction of the field group leader.

Please Bring
A non-perishable bag lunch and a drink for Saturday (and also a non-perishable bag lunch and drink for Sunday if you plan to stay past lunch time), money for dinner on Saturday, binoculars (and/or spotting scope - if you have one), field guide, sunscreen, water bottle, and bug repellent.

Casual. Light-colored clothing (long pants) and socks, and sun hats. You may need to bring rain gear and/or a windbreaker.


$90 per person, shared occupancy room; $140 for a single room.  Price includes instruction by top-notch field trip leaders, motel room (shared, double occupancy), and complimentary breakfast at the hotel. Each motel room has two double beds, so you may want to decide who you would like to room with in advance. Private rooms are $50 extra. No refunds after Thursday April 5th. (though you may find someone to take your place if you need to cancel).


Students in the regular field trip section that do not choose to go on the special overnight trip will also be going to Montezuma on this weekend as part of an all day trip (7am to 4pm).


FOR MORE INFORMATION: Telephone 607-254-2165
or (toll-free) 800-843-BIRD
or send an email to: