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Bird-banding event at Montezuma Audubon Center includes fun, education

Aidan Van Lueken, 7, his bright green coat sticking out from the pale, snow-ridden background of the Montezuma Audubon Center in Savannah, studied the black-capped chickadee in his grasp. After walking with it for a while, Van Lueken released the bird and it flew off. Though he frowned slightly at the small peck marks the chickadee left on his hand... more

Bald eagle survey reveals new occupied nest at Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge

One of the largest groups of volunteers Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge has seen for the Mid-Winter Bald Eagle Survey counted 44 eagles from the north end of Cayuga Lake to the southern shores of Lake Ontario Friday morning. Though last year’s milder weather brought the eagles in droves — 77 of the raptors in total — experienced and novice birders... more

Season’s tweetings: Birders flock to Montezuma Audubon’s Christmas bird count

Two great horned owls court by the light of the moon and the stars, hooting and wooing from dusk until dawn. A male and a female, they finish this lovers' talk between 6 and 7 a.m. Monday — just in time for some volunteers to hear and identify them for the National Audubon Society's Christmas Bird Count. Five bundled birders... more

22-year-old Geneva man dies in Cayuga Co. accident with snowplow

Investigators say that a 22-year-old Geneva man was pronounced dead at the scene after an accident, which took place on Wednesday around 9:31 pm in the Town of Springport. The accident happened on State Route 326 when Alex J. Myers, 28, of Union Springs lost control of his 1999 Audi while traveling south on Route 326. He lost control on... more

25-year-old charged with disseminating indecent materials to 12-year-old Cayuga County child

Sheriff David Gould reports that last Thursday, the Cayuga County Sheriff’s Office initiated an investigation into an allegation that an adult male from Syracuse had been engaging in inappropriate online contact with a 12-year-old child from Cayuga County. As a result of that investigation, 25-year-old Joshua E. Mauro of 209 ½ Lawrence Avenue in Syracuse was arrested on Monday for disseminating... more

New eagle statue installed at Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge

This impressive eagle statue was created by James Seaman and can been seen on the north end of Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge near the New York State Thruway. The eagle has a 21 foot wingspan and was installed to commemorate 40 years of the bald eagle program at Montezuma. Photo by William O’Hora. more

Owasco water tests show highest algae toxins yet, Auburn levels still detectable

Treated drinking water for the town of Owasco and the city of Auburn showed detectable levels of blue-green algae toxins in the latest round of tests — Owasco seeing the highest levels to date. The Cayuga County Health Department said Owasco’s water, which is distributed to the town of Owasco and the Fleming Water District, detected levels of .21 and... more

Three students slightly hurt as school bus goes off the road in Montezuma

The driver and three students were treated for injuries Friday after a school bus went off the road and into a ditch on Route 90 near Laraway Road in Montezuma. The Port Byron Central School District bus went off the road at about 3:15 p.m. Emergency radio transmissions indicated that the bus driver may have suffered from a medical problem... more

Montezuma Winery switches over to solar power

Growing and utilizing the fruits produced in part by the sun has been the basis of the Montezuma Winery’s success all along. So in an effort to further use the suns rays, the winery has undergone the transformation to solar power to generate electricity used in the processing of its products. In June, the winery contracted with Taitem Engineers out... more

Manslaughter charge in fatal Rt. 5 accident last summer

Manslaughter charge in fatal Rt. 5 accident last summer
After an extensive investigation by the Seneca County Sheriff’s Office, working in conjunction with the Seneca County District Attorney’s Office an Oswego man is facing manslaughter and other charges after a fatal car accident last summer. The accident occurred near the Montezuma Wildlife Refuge on New York State Route 5.The accident occurred on August 9th when Ralph C. Brown, 57,... more