Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge, Seneca Falls

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Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge is a wildlife preserve operated by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, encompassing part of the Montezuma Swamp at the north end of Cayuga Lake. The refuge lies between the cities of Rochester and Syracuse, New York (5mi east of Seneca Falls, and 10mi west of Auburn), including parts of Seneca, Cayuga, and Wayne counties. Most of the refuge lies in the Town of Tyre, in the northeast corner of Seneca County.
The Montezuma Marshes were designated a National Natural Landmark in May 1973; the citation notes that "A small, 100-acre area within the site is one of the best examples of undisturbed swamp woodlands in New York or New England."
The New York Northern Montezuma Wildlife Management Area borders the national wildlife refuge and protects additional parts of the Montezuma Swamp.
A significant spot along the Atlantic Flyway, the Refuge provides crucial habitat for migratory waterfowl and other birds.
The Finger Lakes Region was formed by the melting glaciers of the last glacial period, over ten thousand years ago. The northern and southern ends of the lakes gradually developed into extensive marshes. First the Algonquin Indians and later the Cayugas of the Iroquois Nation were the earliest known inhabitants to reap the rewards of the bountiful life in the marsh. The name "Montezuma" was first used in 1806 when Dr. Peter Clark named his hilltop home "Montezuma" after the palace of the Aztec Emperor Montezuma in Mexico City. Eventually the Marsh, the Village, and the Refuge all acquired the name.
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  • Stop at the welcome center and get a map of the walking/hiking trails and driving trail. We spoke with, Anne, at the welcome center and she was very helpful. They also have a display of all the wildli...  more »
  • Happily taken care of restoring the environment for bald eagles. Beautiful birds abundant where I live in VA. happy to see them in NY  more »
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  • Absolutely fantastic. Being a lifelong lover of all things waterfowl and birds in general and a lover of wildlife, this place is awesome and beautiful. Just a jewel here in Upstate New York that all you folks will appreciate and be proud of. Take my word and come spend a day here. It will do your soul good.
  • A very nice place to walk your dog. Beautiful creek and nicely maintained.

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