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Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge

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Address: 3395 Route 5/20 East, Seneca Falls, NY 13148
Phone Number: 315-568-5987
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Activities: Birdwatching
Description: Established in 1938 in the scenic Finger Lakes region of New York, the...
Established in 1938 in the scenic Finger Lakes region of New York, the refuge contains 7,068 acres for the resting, feeding and nesting habitat of waterfowl and other migratory birds.
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Fantastic Birds

One of the best upland and wetland birding spots in the Finger Lakes. We go here often and always find new surprises. The wildlife drive and upper wetland complex are musts. Drive... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 3, 2015
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Burdett, New York
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Burdett, New York
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53 reviews 53 reviews
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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

One of the best upland and wetland birding spots in the Finger Lakes. We go here often and always find new surprises. The wildlife drive and upper wetland complex are musts. Drive slowly and you will be amazed at what you find. Please stay in your vehicle.

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Pembroke, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

We visited Montezuma late winter-early Spring 2014. We did not see another person throughout our day-long visit. We were "geeking out" seeing so many different types of birds, including witnessing countless Bald Eagles feeding on fish on top of the ice. We have talked about it many times since we have been there, and absolutely cannot wait to return!

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Rochester, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014

I know that December (late in the afternoon) is not the best time to visit this wildlife refuge, but we took advantage of our passing through anyway. It was a gray day in fading light, but still the enormity of this park showed anyway. All we saw were some Canadian geese, although we've seen a lot more just driving by... More 

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Dublin, Ireland
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

If you are not into bird watching, this will be boring. Wildlife car was a bit interesting - it's gravel and you know... fastest car is rental car. :)

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Iowa City, Iowa
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23 reviews 23 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

We expected to find several walking paths and options to explore nature outside. Instead, the refuge expects the majority of viewing is from your car on a six mile loop. I understand the intent is to avoid spooking the many species of birds, but sitting in a car doesn't fit my picture of a experiencing nature. There was a short... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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17 reviews 17 reviews
9 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

Virtually deserted (except by birds) with really knowledgeable and helpful volunteer rangers. Great way marked paths, drives and hides. Saw loads of birds, including juvenile bald eagles. What a privilege

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61 reviews 61 reviews
14 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014

My other half and I could spend the whole day here. What an untouched place to enjoy a beautiful day and see nature and wildlife up close. This place has so my hidden gems. Do some mapping before ya set out and maximize your day.

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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

My boyfriend and I stopped here probably about 5 times this summer! In the late spring early summer months is when it seems the most active. Specially when all the babies are out and about!!

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Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania
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63 reviews 63 reviews
33 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

For me this was a little hard to find. It covers a huge are with a few different sections. From the visitors center there is a great driving tour skirting the edge of a wetland area where many types of water birds are just outside your window. The woman working the visitors center was incredibly helpful giving us directions to... More 

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Rochester, New York
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

Birders paradise. I visit as often as I can! A variety of habitats and activities (drive the auto loop, walk the Esker Brook trails, scope things out from an overlook) and eagles, eagles everhwre make this a great place to visit if you like looking at creatures other than humans.

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