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“Enough to delight young children”

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed July 23, 2013

Spent a warm summer afternoon with my 8 year old granddaughter walking the mile long pathway and then driving the 3 miles around the perimeter of the reserve. We saw mostly geese families (not uncommon, but delightful to watch their antics) and a few other small birds, despite using our binoculars. Did not spot any other wildlife except butterflies and dragonflies. This reserve is pretty small and the viewing was nothing like larger reserves I've been to, like the one on Sanibel Island in Florida. The wildflowers were beautiful and the shaded walk through the forested area was pleasant, except for the ground wasps which momentarily freaked out my granddaughter. Our biggest thrill was seeing 3 occupied osprey nests high atop the power lines on the highway, visible from outside the preserve.

Thank PeaceSalaamShalom
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Reviewed July 15, 2013

good visitor center, may be the season is not right, not too many birds to watch at this time. Its not that big, only take 20 drive from start to end, Compare to other wetland that I did go before, This is so so.

Thank David W
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Reviewed July 13, 2013

We chose a wrong time to visit - Best time to visit would be early morning or early evening. We went around 5:30 PM when it was still very hot and sunny! It was a nice and peaceful drive through the refuge - only sound you would have is the birds chirping. Take a camera with a tele - lens or a binocular (We forgot!) - you would be rewarded by seeing a wide variety of birds and wonderful photo opportunities. There are a few eagle's nests but we could not see any eagle - though we saw a variety of other birds. The thing I liked best was the closeness to nature I felt in the quiet wilderness. The speed limit in the drive is 15 miles per hour and you can stop but not get out of the car, except at designated spots. We took some nice bird pictures and of us from the car, and from the designated viewing area.
There is no charge for this attraction.

1  Thank Shubhrajit C
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Reviewed July 8, 2013

There is a lot of effort that goes into this attraction. We visited the area outside of the visitor's center, and then chose to drive west through the reserve on the way back to the expressway. We would have enjoyed it much more if it hadn't been sooo very hot that weekend. Given better weather, there would be more to see if we could have taken the walking path through. The interior of the visitor center boasts a live cam of baby birds. I also enjoyed browsing in the gift shop.

Thank Lesley P
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Reviewed July 2, 2013

We would like to say that there are different types of birds to be seen at this place, saw lots of ospreys, finches, yellow perch, and many many more. Was very nice drive around the park.

Thank 282Juliette282
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