[cayugabirds-l] Muckrace volunteers needed

2018-07-25 Thread gagekm
My name is Kyle Gage. As a member of the Muckrace Committee, I am tasked with recruiting volunteers for the 22nd Annual Muckrace. The Muckrace is a 24-hour birding event sponsored by the Friends of Montezuma, which takes place on Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge (MNWR), Department of

[cayugabirds-l] nesting outcomes (OOB)

2018-08-06 Thread gagekm
My nestboxes on the property (3 acres) here at home in Canandaigua were pretty successful for the most part this yr. 3 pairs of Bluebbirds were successful in fledging 27 young this yr. 1 pair nested 3 times fledging a total of 13 young (they lost 1 nestling in a brood of 4 during the inclement

[cayugabirds-l] 2019 Montezuma Muckrace results

2019-09-30 Thread gagekm
Some final numbers for the 23rd annual Montezuma Muckrace which took place 9/6-9/7: 34 teams took part with a total of 152 participants! 176 species overall were recorded including a 1st for the Muckrace, Laughing gull. Top team in each category;

[cayugabirds-l] MNWR hunting/fishing comment period

2020-03-30 Thread gagekm
FYI. Montezuma NWR is Seeking Public Input on Proposed Updates to Hunting & Fishing Plans. Draft plan documents are available online at the refuge's website homepage https://www.fws.gov/refuge/montezuma/. There you will find a link to the proposed changes and updates. The comment period is open

[cayugabirds-l] Lindsey Parsons Preserve-Olive-sided flycatcher (and ticks)

2020-05-20 Thread gagekm
A search this morning from the top of the hill where the worm-eating warblers breed did not yield the worm-eating for my friends and I. We heard song several times but after seeing an eBird report from Lindsey at the base of the hill about the same time we were at the top which said they were able

[cayugabirds-l] Neotropic cormorant (waaay OOB but worth it)

2020-09-06 Thread gagekm
Yesterday (9/5) I was fortunate to come upon a Neotropic cormorant at the Batavia Wastewater Treatment Plant. The bird was associating with numerous Double-crested cormorants and was fairly active, never staying in one spot for long. I originally located it in Pond A-2. I then saw it briefly in

[cayugabirds-l] 2020 Montezuma Muckrace cancelled

2020-08-11 Thread gagekm
To all you loyal participants of the Montezuma Muckrace: After considering our options, and various ways we might run the Muckrace this year with changes to accommodate recommended safety issues, we have concluded that it seems both prudent and reasonable to cancel the event this time around. We

[cayugabirds-l] Montezuma Muckrace 2021

2021-07-06 Thread gagekm
After cancellation last year due to Covid-19 concerns the Montezuma Muckrace is back on! We are scheduling the event for September 10-11th, 7pm-7pm. The Muckrace is a 24 hour birding event in which teams (or individuals) search the Montezuma Wetlands Complex trying to see or

[cayugabirds-l] Muckrace 2021 & early deer season

2021-09-04 Thread gagekm
Muckrace Participants, We’d like to make all Muckrace participants aware of an early gun season for deer which will start on September 11th, during the Saturday portion of the Muckrace. NYSDEC Wildlife Management Units in the Northern Complex fall within the areas open for

[cayugabirds-l] Muckrace 2021 & early deer season

2021-09-09 Thread gagekm
I contacted the DEC's Frank Morlock who heads the Northern Montezuma Field Office on Morgan Rd. and below are excerpts of his response re: WMU's open for the early antlerless deer season. Frank has been very supportive of the Muckrace and has installed signage and alerted hunters to the

[cayugabirds-l] Muckrace 2021 & early deer season

2021-09-09 Thread gagekm
I also posed the question of the possibility of Knox/Marcellus/Puddlers Marshes being closed on Saturday to hunting to refuge management and staff. Below are excerpts of their response which illustrates the reasoning behind the decisions to allow hunting and birding for the Muckrace.

[cayugabirds-l] MUCKRACE 2021- STILL ON (but with some modifications)

2021-08-08 Thread gagekm
First and foremost, the Muckrace fundraiser/birding event WILL take place on September 10-11th 7pm-7pm!! However, given the rise in Covid-19 and Covid-19 variant cases and the subsequent recommendations of state and federal health departments we have decided NOT to have the pizza dinner