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!
Your support for Winter Raptor Fest helps conserve critical habitat for NY’s endangered, threatened and rapidly declining grassland birds.
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 www.ibafriends.org and by watching our video below…
(photo courtesy Connie Bush)
(photo courtesy Connie Bush)
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!
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