Forwarded at Dave Nicosia’s request.

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> From: David Nicosia <>
> Subject: Fwd: Montezuma NWR Shorebird Walk This Saturday 1 September 7 am
> Date: August 28, 2018 at 4:44:08 PM EDT
> To: Jay McGowan <>, Ann Mitchell <>, 
> bob mcguire <>, Dave Nutter <>, 
> I got permission for another shorebird walk at KM and Puddler Marsh this 
> Saturday 1 Sept 7 am.  Sometimes my emails get spammed out of Cayugabirds 
> listserve, can you make sure folks know about the shorebird walk this coming 
> Saturday? Thank you! 
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> From: David Nicosia < <>>
> Date: Tue, Aug 28, 2018 at 4:41 PM
> Subject: Montezuma NWR Shorebird Walk This Saturday 1 September 7 am
> To: Cayuga birds < 
> <>>, NY Birds < 
> <>>, BroomeBirds < 
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> Cc: Van Beusichem, Andrea < 
> <>>, Ziemba, Linda < 
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> All, 
> This coming Saturday morning, 1 September, there will be another shorebird 
> walk into normally restricted areas at the Montezuma National Wildlife 
> Refuge. 
> At 7am we will caravan from the Montezuma NWR Visitor Center to the East Rd 
> overlook. Folks can meet us at the East Road overlook at 715 am if they want. 
> Directions: 
> 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 interest. 
> Bring binoculars and a field guide. If you have a spotting scope, please 
> bring it. 
> 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 
> afterward. 
> 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 Nicosia 


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