Hello Cayugabirders,

Some of you may already be aware of this, but my dad, Guy Baldassarre, passed 
away from leukemia just over a year ago. Guy was a professor of ornithology at 
SUNY ESF in Syracuse specializing in waterfowl ecology and management. At the 
time of his death he was just finishing up a massive revision of the go-to 
waterfowl species account book "Ducks, Geese, and Swans of North America" that 
is due out early next year. Guy spent countless hours up in the Montezuma 
wetland complex. His ornithology field trips there were the stuff of legends 
among the ESF undergrads. There's a very good chance that, even if you don't 
know Guys personally, you bumped into him if you've been birding Montezuma over 
the last 25 years. He was the friendly guy with the afro and the Boston Red Sox 
cap on.

Friends of Montezuma, in partnership with the NYS DEC, Ducks Unlimited, SUNY 
ESF, and many other contributors is planning a marsh restoration project in 
Guy's name. They will be restoring a 87 acre abandoned muck farm into a healthy 
wetland. The site is located in Savannah, at the corner of Van Dyne Spoor Rd. 
and Savannah Spring Lake Rd. It will be named "Guy's Marsh", and promises to be 
a great spot for birders (there have been black terns scouting out the area 
over the last few years), complete with a boardwalk and observation tower.

If you would like to make a contribution towards the Guy's Marsh restoration 
project, or just to get more information about it, please visit the Friends of 
Montezuma website: http://friendsofmontezuma.org/guys-marsh.html

Thanks!

-Dan Baldassarre, PhD student at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology



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