A place for birds and people.
A place the sun will rise over a vibrant marsh, filled with life each morning.
A place for people to enjoy and learn about the birds that Guy revealed to us.
Guy's Marsh in the Montezuma Wetlands Complex
The Montezuma Wetlands Complex is a landscape-level conservation project with a goal to protect, restore, and enhance up to 50,000 acres of wetlands and adjacent uplands in Central New York. A diverse, protected mosaic of National Wildlife Refuge, State Wildlife Management Area and private lands supports hundreds of thousands of waterfowl on migration and many species of endangered waterbirds during the nesting season. The Complex is New York's foremost Waterfowl Focus Area in the Atlantic Coast Joint Venture. It also is New York's flagship project under the North American Waterfowl Management Plan, and was the first site designated as an Important Bird Area by Audubon New York. Water drainage that was enabled by construction of the Barge and Erie Canals resulted in conversation of much of the land in the Complex from wetland to agriculture decades ago. Approximately 50% of the 40,000 acres of wetlands in the Complex were drained during the 1900's. Today, thanks to the efforts of many partnering conservation organizations, the Complex is a popular nature-based tourism destination, a hub for conservation education, and a globally-recognized high-value wildlife habitat.
The Guy Baldassarre Memorial Marsh is a 52-acre restored marsh and associated uplands centrally located on State WMA land in the Crusoe Creek floodplain. The marsh will provide nesting habitat for rare marsh birds such as Least Bittern, Pied-billed Grebe, American Bittern, Virginia Rail, Sedge Wren and possibly Black Tern. Waterfowl will be seasonally abundant in Guy's Marsh and DEC will actively manage water levels to provide abundant and diverse seeds and tubers to fuel migration and invertebrates to feed growing ducklings during summer. The current bird list for Guy's Marsh includes such notable species as: Northern Shrike, Sandhill Crane, Marsh Wren, Northern Harrier, Virginia Rail, Least Bittern, Northern Pintail, Black-bellied Plover, Bald Eagle, Pied-billed Grebe, American Green-winged Teal, Osprey, Trumpeter Swan, Short-eared Owl and American Black Duck.
Public use of Guy's Marsh will be encouraged and rules and regulations will follow the Area Management Plan and NY State regulations. The area will be open to all forms of wildlife-based recreation. Facility improvements, beyond the norm, are proposed to include: a trail network that includes the exterior dike along Crusoe Creek, additional potholing to provide more open water, and observation platform, an informational kiosk, a boardwalk, a "Guide-by-Cell" station, a platform suitable for use as an outdoor classroom, observation tower and memorial sign.