Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge – Seneca Falls NY

Description

 In 1937 the Bureau of Biological Survey (from 1940, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service) purchased 6,432 acres of the former Montezuma Marsh at the northern end of Cayuga Lake (one of the finger lakes of upstate New York).  In 1938, the Montezuma Migratory Bird Refuge was established by Executive Order 7971 to provide a refuge and breeding ground for migratory birds on the Atlantic Flyway. The name was changed to the Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge in 1940.  Today, the refuge covered about 9,800 acres.

The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) established a camp to work on this wildlife refuge, as it did in many other refuges. CCC men built a series of low dikes to hold water and restore part of the marsh habitat that had previously existed.

Source notes

https://www.co.seneca.ny.us/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/Montezuma-National-Wildlife-Refuge.pdf (accessed Dec. 9, 2017)

https://www.fws.gov/refuge/montezuma/

 

Project originally submitted by Evan Kalish on December 9, 2017.
Additional contributions by Richard A Walker.

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Location Info


Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge
Seneca Falls, NY 13148

Coordinates: 42.96265, -76.74094

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