Winter Raptor Fest

May 18th & 19th 2019 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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Friends of the Washington County Grasslands 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)! 

This unique area is critical to the survival of Short-eared Owls in New York State and supports more than 100 other bird and animal species, including Snowy owls, Northern harriers, Upland sandpipers, Eastern meadowlarks, Grasshopper sparrows and more – nearly a dozen of NY’s most imperiled grassland bird species!

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 to 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

This 13,000 acre expanse of fields and meadows lies along 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 the numerous streams and canals 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 grasslands has been designated as an Important Bird Area. It supports 10 of 11 of New York’s grassland bird species of greatest conservation need.

Acres for Owls Campaign

Friends of the IBA 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 own and manage 78 acres and provided vital assistance on the state Dept. of Environmental Conservation (DEC)’s acquisition of another 180 acres last year.

There’s more to do! Your contributions will help permanently protect critical habitat for 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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