Winter Raptor Fest

May 16th & 17th 2020 at the Washington County Fairgrounds - Greenwich, NY

See Owls, Hawks and Falcons in flight!

Winter Raptor Fest offers you a chance to see and learn about native raptors up close and personal!  Flight demos, live bird of prey programs and much more!!  This exciting event supports FIBA’s work to preserve critical wildlife habitat for endangered and at-risk grassland birds.  (photo courtesy Gordon Ellmers)

GENERAL ADMISSION: $12 for ages 13 and older, $6 for ages 7-12, age 6 and under are free
FIBA MEMBERS: $10 for ages 13 and older, $5 for ages 7-12, age 6 and under are free – Bring Membership card

Event takes place Rain or Shine. All presentations and exhibits are indoors.

VIP Reserved Seating

Your donation of $25 or more by May 17th at 5pm includes admission and guarantees you front row seating at ALL Live Bird of Prey Programs!

Honorary Committee

Your support for Winter Raptor Fest helps conserve critical habitat for NY’s endangered, threatened and rapidly declining grassland birds.

Business Sponsorship

Businesses have an amazing opportunity to support Winter Raptor Fest and Friends of the IBA’s mission and reach thousands of people across the region!









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Grassland Bird Trust (formerly Friends of the IBA) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit land trust conserving critical habitat for endangered, threatened and rapidly declining grassland birds. We are the only nonprofit conserving critical habitat in the Washington County Grasslands Important Bird Area (IBA)!

The Washington County Grasslands is critical to the survival of Short-eared Owls in New York State.  It provides important habitat for ten of eleven of NY’s most imperiled grassland bird species, including including Northern harriers, Upland sandpipers, American kestrels, Eastern meadowlarks, Horned larks, Bobolinks, Grasshopper sparrows and more!  It also supports more than 100 other bird and animal species, including Snowy owls, and thousands of pollinators.

Learn more at and by watching our video below…

Friends of the Washington County Grasslands IBA
See exciting NEW live bird of prey programs


See exciting NEW flight demos and live bird of prey programs starring many of our native raptors! You’ll see everything from tiny Saw-whet owls to falcons and hawks to endangered and mysterious Short-eared owls and majestic Snowy owls!

(photo courtesy Connie Bush)

Learn about the endangered, threatened and at-risk birds


Learn about NY’s endangered Short-eared owls – less than 100 left in the wild! Learn about many other owls, hawks and falcons and their habitats and find out what you can do to help native wildlife!

(photo courtesy Connie Bush)

Meet the raptors up close in the Exhibitor Barn


Meet live owls, hawks & falcons up close and personal as you follow a trail through our all NEW Wild Encounter! Keep an eye out for live mammals that share the habitats these birds depend on
for their survival!

(photo courtesy Gordon Ellmers)

About the Washington County Grasslands

The Washington County Grasslands encompasses 13,000 acres of fields and meadows within the Atlantic and Hudson River flyways in upstate New York. It extends from the fertile valleys and rolling hills of southern Washington County to the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains. This rich natural area is watered by numerous streams and waterways of the Hudson River valley and Lake Champlain basin.  It provides a livelihood for human residents and an “all you can eat buffet” for hundreds of species of birds and other wildlife. 

A 2,000 acre core area in the heart of the Washington County Grasslands has been designated as an Important Bird Area (IBA). It supports 10 of 11 of New York’s grassland bird species of greatest conservation need and is critical to the survival of Short-eared owls in New York State.

Grassland Bird Trust is the only nonprofit acquiring and conserving critical habitat for New York’s endangered and at-risk grassland birds in the Washington County Grasslands Important Bird Area (IBA). We’ve conserved over 250 acres as of February 2018 and own and manage 78 acres in the heart of the IBA.

There’s more to do! Your contributions will help permanently protect critical habitat for state endangered Short-eared owls and other imperiled grassland birds across New York State.

Please Donate today!

Recent News

Grassland Bird Trust Closes on 64 Acres!

ARGYLE Grassland Bird Trust, formerly Friends of the IBA, officially acquired another 64 acres of critical habitat in February. The two-year project was completed on schedule thanks to a $63,000 grant from NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation...

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Landowner Harassment Harms Owls

Love owls?  Actions speak louder than words, and the thoughtless actions of a small number of people who've been harassing landowners in the Washington County Grasslands IBA shows a blatant disregard for the owls and their hosts. Landowners have become...

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FIBA Awarded $63K New York State Grant!

Fort Edward Friends of the IBA (Important Bird Area/FIBA) received a nice surprise just in time for the holidays – a New York State Regional Economic and Community Development grant for $63,191. The grant, awarded through the NYS Office of Parks,...

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