New York: Colvin West, Northern Montezuma Wetlands Complex

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The Colvin West project at Northern Montezuma Wetlands Complex was completed in 2002 and restored ia total of 65 acres of emergent marsh. Ducks Unlimited and its numerous partners created a low-rise berm, repaired a breach in an existing berm, and installed a water-control structure in the marsh. The restoration will recreate the natural features of the wetlands, mimicking the varying water depths that encourage diverse plant communities.

Resting, feeding, breeding and wintering waterfowl depend upon the wetlands at Montezuma, located in one of the most active flight paths of the Atlantic Flyway. Montezuma is managed to support waterfowl throughout all stages of their annual life cycle. Tundra swans, Canada geese, mallards, American black ducks, blue- and green-winged teal, American wigeons, northern shovelers and wood ducks frequent the Montezuma marshes. Diving ducks also use the wetlands, including canvasbacks, scaup, ring-necked ducks, redheads and common and hooded mergansers.

The Colvin West project site will receive extensive public viewing as it is adjacent to the Northern Montezuma Audubon Center, which hosts an environmental education center. The Montezuma region is a great waterfowl hunting spot, and also provides opportunities for fishing and hunting white-tailed deer, turkey and upland birds. It is also a world-class birding destination.

This project was funded in part by a North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) grant.

Partners: New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, North American Wetlands Conservation Council and Ducks Unlimited