The Montezuma NWR is truly a haven for wildlife. Its diverse habitats of wetland, grassland, shrubland and forest give food, shelter, water and space to many of Central New York’s wildlife species. Waterfowl and other migratory birds depend on the Refuge as nesting, feeding, breeding and stopover grounds. Some make the refuge a home year-round.
Wildlife comes first on all National Wildlife Refuges. However, Montezuma can also provide wildlife dependent opportunities to you, the public—like the nature trails, observation towers and decks, and the Wildlife Drive. Opportunities to enjoy the refuge vary to encompass the interests of a diverse visitor base. We hope you enjoy YOUR visit!
NOTE: The Wildlife Drive and Visitor Center are open daily April 1 through November 30 each year. Esker Brook and South Spring Pool Trail close annually November 1 through the end of the New York State white-tailed deer hunting season.