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Water levels in Montezuma wetlands carefully controlled to benefit wildlife

With the seasonal migration of waterfowl to their northern breeding grounds getting underway, the lack of rain in many parts of the Finger Lakes shouldn’t be a concern.


Water levels in wetland areas monitored for habitat balance

Waterfowl in the Montezuma Wetlands

Montezuma Audubon Center Director Chris Lajewski says water levels throughout the Montezuma Wetlands, which includes the Audubon Center, the National Wildlife Refuge, DEC property, and land owned by the Nature Conservancy can be controlled, using a series of earthen berms.

He says the idea is to maintain a 50/50 balance between watery areas migrating birds use as stopping points along their journeys and the vegetation they rely on for food.

Watch my full live Inside the FLX conversation with Chris Lajewski below.


Related: DEC announces opening of Central-Finger Lakes segment of statewide birding trail



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