I just picked up new brochures at the Cayuga County Tourism office called, ‘For the Birds: Bird Watching in Cayuga County.” This colorfully feather-designed brochure is full of information to get started on bird watching. The bird guide features a check list of 35 birds identified in colorful photographs, a description of the “Hot Spots” in Cayuga, Seneca, Wayne Tompkins and Oswego Counties. There are plenty of tips for getting started including how to prepare and find birds in Cayuga County. There’s no lack of different bird species in this area. Did you know that Cayuga County offers 350 or more “Life List” birds?
Montezuma Heritage Park is listed in the brochure as a prime location for viewing marshland birds and nature trails throughout the deep woodland areas. The 140 acre-park borders the Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge that provides resting, feeding, and nesting habitat for waterfowl and other migratory birds. Montezuma is situated in the middle of one of the most active flight lanes in the Atlantic Flyway. All four seasons bring plenty of opportunities to enjoy birding and wildlife activities, and right now summer is showcasing nesting activities with plenty of new babies.
Soon you’ll be able to look out over the marshland area on the new lookout deck our Friends of the Park volunteers have been building, and use this handy checklist to start you on a great bird watching adventure. They’ve made great progress in just two weekends. Thanks to 84 Lumber and Home Depot materials were donated, and it should be ready to use soon.
The brochures will be available at both the High Street and Chapman Road kiosks. Why not get out and start checking off your bird list soon!