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Montezuma Wetlands Complex

Seneca Falls, Seneca County

Birdwatching at Montezuma, heron (copyright J. Tollison) and duck (copyright J. Van Niel)

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Montezuma is situated in the middle of one of the busiest bird migration routes on the Atlantic Flyway. More than 240 species of birds can be found on the refuge, along with 43 species of mammals,15 species of reptiles, and 16 species of amphibians.

Wildlife to Watch

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Watch a clip about the Montezuma Wildlife Refuge on DEC TV

Where to Watch

  • Mudflats, marshes, open-water wetlands
  • Forest, shrubland, grassland

Recreational Opportunities

  • Visitor center with Osprey Cam, a real-time view of osprey nest
  • Observation decks, wetland observation tower
  • Four walking trails and a 3-mile wildlife auto-tour

Accessible Features

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This site offers accessible features which include an accessible visitors center, observation decks and trails. A full list of DEC's accessible recreation destinations is available on the DEC website.


7,068 acres


See Google Maps for step by step directions to Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge. (This link will open a page outside of the DEC website. Hold Shift down while clicking on the link to open it in a new window.)

Contact Information

Address: 3395 U.S. Route 20 East, Seneca Falls, NY 13148
Telephone: 315-568-5987
Website: Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge (This link leaves DEC's website)

Photo Credits: Eric Kiel, J. Van Niel, J. Tollison