This coming Saturday morning, 18 August, there will be another shorebird walk 
into normally restricted areas at the Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge. I 
will be leading it, substituting for Dave Nicosia, but the plans remain the 

At 7am we will caravan from the Montezuma NWR Visitor Center to the East Rd 

The Montezuma NWR Visitor Center address is 3395 U.S. Route 20 East, Seneca 
Falls, a road also known as NY-5/US-20 or simply “5 & 20”. The refuge entrance 
is between intersections with NY-90 and with NY-89 and located just west of the 
bridge over the Seneca River which forms the border between the Cayuga County 
Town of Montezuma in and the Seneca County Town of Tyre. 
>From that driveway:

Turn right/west on NY-5/US-20, and go 1.6 miles to the traffic light, 
Turn right/north on NY-89, and go 3.9 miles,
Just after crossing the big bridge over the Clyde River and Erie Canal, turn 
right/east onto North Mays Point Rd, and go 1/10 mile, 
Turn left/north onto unmarked East Rd, and go 7/10 mile to the gravel parking 
area for the Knox-Marsellus Marsh overlook.

Assemble about 7:15am at the parking area overlook on East Rd, joining people 
who have gone there directly. 

After a brief introduction & scan of the marsh from the overlook, we will walk 
down to the north dike of Knox-Marsellus Marsh, probably continuing to the 
northeast dike of Puddler Marsh, and possibly along the dike in between the two 
impoundments as well. 

Our primary goal is to observe shorebirds on their southbound migration who 
stop here to feed and rest in the shallow water, on the mud, and in the nearby 
short vegetation within the impoundments. Other birds and wildlife are also of 

Bring binoculars and a field guide. If you have a spotting scope, please bring 
The trip is open to the public and there is no fee, but I ask that people 
participate in these ways: 
If you have ID expertise, please share it. 
If you have ID questions, please ask them. 
If you notice birds or behaviors that other folks seem not to have yet noticed, 
please point them out. 
Although shorebirds are fairly tolerant of people, other birds may move away 
from us, such as herons, ducks, and songbirds. Please try to stay with the 
group enough that we can communicate and enable the most people to observe any 
birds before or when they flush. 
I will be compiling a list of the birds we observe to share with CayugaBirds-L 
and refuge staff, so please tell me what you find.
These trips are a great opportunity to learn about shorebirds, and with luck we 
will see and compare several species. 

This will be a slow walk with much stopping and standing on grass & weeds which 
have been mowed awhile back and also driven upon by refuge vehicles. Most of it 
is level, but East Rd is atop a drumlin above the impoundments, so there is a 
substantial hill at the beginning and the end of the walk. The round trip 
distance is only a couple miles, but we could be out until noon, although 
certainly anyone can leave early. Dress for the weather, as there is no 
shelter. Bring water & a snack. Insects have not been much of a problem, but 
you should probably make some effort to deter ticks and check for them 

Thank-you to the refuge staff for maintaining the habitat for shorebirds. It’s 
actually not easy to have expanses of mud and shallow fresh water on demand for 
several months in a place where vegetation can quickly overgrow it, or 
evaporation can dry it out, or rains can flood it. Thanks particularly to 
Biologist Linda Ziemba and Visitor Services Manager Andrea Van Beusichem for 
arranging these trips to happen.

- - Dave Nutter


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