Montezuma provides rare chances to identify birds that aren’t found in the woods. These shorebirds live in a variety of habitats the most important being the marshes and wetlands. As wetlands and marshes decrease in size, the population of many shorebirds diminishes. Therefore, Montezuma is a key place that can support and help benefit shorebirds. Currently, the refuge receives around $2.3 million in donations for wetland and marsh restoration. Ken Salazar, Secretary of the Interior, said, “Thanks to the contributions of hunters, stamp collectors, and others who purchase Duck Stamps, our National Wildlife Refuge System continues to provide habitat for wildlife as well as pristine places for outdoor recreation for tens of millions of people.” Through the efforts of nature lovers, Montezuma continues to educate the public on the importance of species and their habitats.