(Montezuma Alliance for the Restoration of Species & Habitats)

MARSH is part of a larger effort to restore, protect, and enhance wildlife habitat on nearly 50.000 acres in the Montezuma Wetlands Complex.

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Cattails Newsletter new SPRING issue!

The Spring 2015 issue of Cattails is available now!

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Guy Baldassarre Memorial Marsh Project Updated 2014 Progress Report

In recognition of his many contributions, a special marsh restoration project is being planned as a lasting tribute to Guy’s memory.

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Volunteer Handbook

Ruth and Don Kalen have updated the Refuge Volunteer Handbook, and decided to put it online. There is some great information now accessible online, you can view the volunteer handbook here.

Montezuma Wetlands Complex Map and Guide

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What is the Montezuma Wetlands Complex?
The Montezuma Wetlands Complex (MWC) Project is an effort by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, and Ducks Unlimited, Inc. to protect, restore and enhance wildlife habitat. It encompasses approximately 50,000 acres (20,242 hectares) in Seneca, Cayuga and Wayne counties in upstate New York and includes the federal Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge, the state Northern Montezuma Wildlife Management Area, and lands owned by conservation groups, farmers, and other private landowners. Public lands and some private land are managed to provide habitat for wildlife and recreation and education for people.

Important reminder to refuge visitors... To protect wildlife and their habitat and to provide the best opportunities in wildlife observation and photography, it is important not to disturb, injure, or damage plants and animals on the refuge. In fact, it is a prohibited act as stated in 50 CFR 27.51. This disturbance includes flushing birds (remember to stay in your car along the Wildlife Drive, unless you're at a designated viewing area such as the photo blind, the Spillway and Benning Marsh) and other wildlife or using electronic calls (or called “taping”) to lure birds closer for observation or photography. Please remember to take only memories and photographs and leave only footprints.