I have not wrote about the Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge near Seneca Falls, New York in a few years. Besides me taking a couple of long breaks, Montezuma has been under a long construction project which was only to take a year but ended up taking five years due to Federal and State funding being pulled. That meant the mangers had to make due with their normal maintenance budget to finish it.
For a few years, the disruptions of the work around the Wildlife Drive resulted in animals and birds becoming scarce for people wanting to see and photograph unless they wanted to hike the trails. The work ended earlier this year and the wildlife returned to the new habitats created by the updates. Vegetation is now lush and flowering bringing in the songbirds and re-flooded ponds had wading birds hunting for fish and other small snacks.
I found a group of Great Egrets hunting in a pool which had been drained on my last two visits.
I even found a few Monarch Butterflies fluttering around looking for food.
I tip my hat to the Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge managers and their staff for sticking with it to improve the habitats for a much needed natural area in upstate New York. The refuge is an important rest stop in the Spring and Fall for millions of migratory birds and waterfowl. During the Summer, it is home to the wildlife I have shown here as well as deer, beavers, muskrats, bald eagles, harrier hawks, owls, ospreys, numerous birds, insects, reptiles and amphibians.
I will be back in Autumn for the next migration period.