Species survey to start at Seneca Meadows Wetland Preserve

Seneca Meadows, Inc. announced that the Montezuma Audubon Center will conduct a bird species survey at the Seneca Meadows Wetlands Preserve, on Black Brook Road, beginning this Saturday, April 30th. The volunteer effort will continue through the June breeding season to identify species confirmed to be breeding on the site. Faunal surveys have been conducted at the created wetlands, owned by Seneca Meadows Landfill, since 2010. Cumulatively, 226 bird species have been observed on site; one-third of which have been confirmed breeding. This is the first survey conducted by Audubon.”We are so grateful for the expertise that Audubon brings to this survey,” said Marcy Neumire, program director for the wetlands preserve. “Our company chose Audubon New York to be the long-term stewards of the Seneca Meadows Wetlands Preserve because they have a great reputation for conservation, and this volunteer effort speaks to that dedication.””The Montezuma Audubon Center and Audubon New York are proud to partner with Seneca Meadows on this bird survey,” said Chris Lajewski, Center Director at the Montezuma Audubon Center. “With 1,100 acres of preserved land, Seneca Meadows Wetlands Preserve is teeming with countless species of wildlife and provides vital habitat, food, and water sources that many bird species depend upon to successfully raise young during the spring and summer and for survival in the cold winter months.” The Seneca Meadows Wetlands Preserve was designated as an Important Bird Area by Audubon, New York in October of 2014. The honor was awarded due to the number of breeding pied-billed grebe, American bittern, least bittern and wintering short-eared owls on the site.The trails at the Seneca Meadows Wetlands Preserve are open daily, from dawn to dusk. On August 27th the preserve will host its sixth 5K Race for Hunger – Sunset Run to benefit local food pantry, the House of Concern.To learn more about the Seneca Meadows Wetlands Preserve & Education Center, log onto senecameadows.com or look them up on Facebook (search for Seneca Meadows Education Center). Maintaining habitat is just one of the ways that Seneca Meadows is working to be a valued partner and trusted neighbor in the community.

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