Good evening all! The Montezuma Audubon Center has just posted our event schedule coming up beginning on Jan 1 with a First Day Hike! I've highlighted several events below, but please see our complete listing at: Montezuma Audubon Center Winter 2020 Progams<https://ny.audubon.org/education/montezuma-audubon-center-programs-and-events>. To register, feel free to reply directly back to me, or call us at (315) 365-3588. Please note that the MAC will be closed until January 2nd.
First Day Snowshoe Hike Wednesday, Jan. 1, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Join us to ring in 2020 by strapping on snowshoes and taking a leisurely 1-mile hike through snow muffled forests, across restored grasslands and around frozen marshes to explore hearty winter birds and look for signs of mammals. We have a special commemorative gift for you to take home and will raffle off a 2020 Empire State Park pass, provided by NYS Parks. *Note- if conditions are not conducive for snowshoeing, we will still hike. After the hike, you are invited inside to warm up with a cup of hot cocoa. Fee: FREE! Pre-registration is required as snowshoes are limited. Nature of Montezuma Lecture Series: The History of Howland's Island Saturday, Jan. 11, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Travel back in time with local archaeological enthusiast Christopher Cramer, Town of Montezuma Historian Cheryl Longyear, and Montezuma Audubon Educator Alyssa Johnson as they explore the known history of Howland's Island during the last 500 years. Native American history to present day NYSDEC ownership will be discussed and illustrated with locally found artifacts, historical maps, and a variety of photographs. Fee: $5/child, $10/adult, $25/family, FREE for Friends of the Montezuma Wetlands Complex. Introduction to eBird and the New York State Breeding Bird Atlas Saturday, Jan. 18, 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Jumpstart your birdwatching adventures by learning about two community science programs. eBird helps you and scientists keep track of birds you've seen and in so doing you contribute to a global effort to track bird populations. After a hands-on demo of how to use the eBird app and website, you'll learn how you can use your new skills for the third New York Breeding Bird Atlas, a five-year community science project that will form the definitive resource to guide bird conservation in New York. Please bring a laptop, tablet, or smartphone and create a free eBird account at ebird.org prior to the event. If you bring a mobile device, please install the free eBird app and make sure you can sign in to your account. Appropriate for ages 12 and up. Fee: $5/child, $10/adult, $25/family. FREE for Friends of the Montezuma Wetlands Complex. Pre-paid reservations required. Owl Prowl Saturday, Feb. 22, 3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Get up close to live owls during an indoor presentation by KrittrKris and Feathered Friends and find out what special adaptations these birds have that allow them to survive the winter months. Then, join Audubon staff for a stroll through Montezuma's grasslands to search for the endangered Short-eared Owls. It will be a real hoot! Fee: $5/child, $10/adult, $25/family. Bird Dissection & Discussion Workshop Saturday, March 7, 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Join us to learn how the Montezuma Audubon Center came to be in possession of these federally protected migratory birds. From heron to hummingbird, if you have ever wanted to see and examine a variety of wild birds up close and personal, this is your chance. Participants will explore the internal and external anatomy of birds and be guided through a dissection to learn about their unique adaptations. Each participant will be provided a study specimen, a dissection kit, disposable gloves, and a face mask. No parts or pieces of the birds may be kept by participants. Headlamps are recommended. Appropriate for children ages 12+ and must be accompanied by a parent. Fee: $15/child, $20/adult, $40/family. Pre-paid reservations required. Happy holidays, and winter birding! Alyssa -- Alyssa Johnson Environmental Educator 315.365.3588 Montezuma Audubon Center 2295 State Route 89 P.O. Box 187 Savannah, New York 13146 montezuma.audubon.org Montezuma Audubon Center on Facebook<https://www.facebook.com/MontezumaAudubonCenter/> -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsRULES http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsSubscribeConfigurationLeave.htm ARCHIVES: 1) http://email@example.com/maillist.html 2) http://www.surfbirds.com/birdingmail/Group/Cayugabirds 3) http://birdingonthe.net/mailinglists/CAYU.html Please submit your observations to eBird: http://ebird.org/content/ebird/ --