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26th annual Montezuma Muckrace set to draw birding enthusiasts for conservation fundraiser

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Birdwatchers are set to convene at the Montezuma Wetlands Complex for the 26th Annual Montezuma Muckrace from September 8 to 9.

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The Montezuma Muckrace, a 24-hour birding challenge organized by the Friends of the Montezuma Wetlands Complex, aims to raise funds for bird conservation projects and environmental education initiatives in the area. The Montezuma Audubon Center in Savannah, NY, will serve as the event’s headquarters.


Recognized as a globally significant Important Bird Area by Audubon New York, the Montezuma Wetlands Complex is a premier birding location in the state.

Every year, the complex acts as a vital stopover for millions of migratory birds, including several endangered species. The Muckrace spans the 242-square mile Montezuma Focus Area, noted for its importance to migratory bird habitats under the North American Waterfowl Management Plan. Competing teams will attempt to identify as many bird species as possible from 7 p.m. on September 8th to 7 p.m. the following day.

Over the years, the Muckrace has witnessed growing participation, with records being set in each of the past five years. The event has garnered over $156,000 for habitat restoration, wildlife research, and public access projects. With an array of categories, teams aim to spot as many species as possible, with previous top teams identifying up to 148 species in a single day. To learn more or to register, visit the Friends of the Montezuma Wetlands Complex website.