The Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge in central New York has done its midwinter bald eagle survey and the numbers are great!
After only seeing 43 eagles last season, over 70 of our national symbol, the bald eagle, were counted at the Montezuma National Wildlife refuge in central New York.
According to a report, the final count was a stunning 77 birds!
Montezuma is located between the cities of Rochester and Syracuse in the central part of the state. Its nearly 11 square miles of wetlands makes for one of the most visited sites in New York for bird watchers.
Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge is located at the north end of Cayuga Lake. The refuge is operated by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
The Midwinter Bald Eagle Survey is held in over 40 states from Jan. 4- 18, 2016. Hundreds of volunteers, in a joint effort with the U.S Army Corps of Engineers and the U.S. Geological Survey, come together to make the survey a success.
Waterfowl hunting and even deer hunting can be done in the refuge with the proper permit. Bird watchers and tourists flock to the refuge in great numbers to view our national symbol and enjoy a plethora of other wild birds as they move through on their winter and spring migrations.