A trip two weeks ago to Central New York presented a fine opportunity to drop in on the Montezuma Audubon Center just north of Savannah, which is itself just north of the Thruway and Cayuga Lake on Route 89. Here’s a glimpse of the center’s 1-mile “Warbler Walk”:
The walk took us out to an observation deck above two marshes, over which we spotted red-winged blackbirds, Canada goose, ducks, bluebirds, swallows and terns. At the end of the walk, we headed into the visitors’ center, where we tried out a spotting scope for free public use and looked at the bird board, a listing of sightings of species by day.
We were just in time for a presentation by Ron Walker of Friends With Feathers, an outfit that shelters birds of prey too injured to survive in the wild. Walker showed us a kestrel, a screech owl and a broad-winged hawk, explaining the differences in form and behavior between the birds. During this presentation, a child seated beside me determinedly drew sketches and wrote down descriptions of each bird. “He’s been looking at field guides,” a parent later explained.
The Montezuma Audubon Center has programs focused on the fauna and the flora of the giant wetlands complex of which it is a part. If you find yourself in the area, check out the center’s latest schedules and give it a go.