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Latest from FLX as water levels continue to rise (full-coverage)

It’s a bad situation. As a whole, the region is several inches over “normal” rainfall amounts for the last two months. While the Finger Lakes didn’t see the snowmelt that sometimes contributes to springtime flooding — we have seen plenty of spring rains. On Thursday a road washed out in Geneva. Coastal communities along Lake Ontario have been on edge... more

Volunteers clean up Montezuma Historical Park, help create new trail on Earth Day

Mellony Carner, president of the Montezuma Historical Society, explained in between raking debris from the Montezuma Heritage Park in Montezuma why she was tending to the grassy landscape Saturday morning. “I just feel it’s my obligation. I live here. I love the outdoors. People don’t know what they’re missing here, actually,” Carner said. Carner was one of the people cleaning... more

Montezuma Audubon seeks Wildlife Festival participants

The Montezuma Audubon Center seeks applications from vendors and exhibitors for its 11th annual Wildlife Festival. The festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 6, at the center, 2295 Route 89, Savannah. It will include live animal presentations, food, live music, children’s games and prizes, a bounce house, crafts, guided bird watching hikes, canoe trips,... more

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
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