Winter Raptor Fest

May 19th & 20th at the Washington County Fairgrounds
ScheduleReserved seating

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.

VIP SPECIAL: Your Donation of $25 or more guarantees you front row seating at ALL Live Bird of Prey Programs!  Click on RESERVED SEATING to take advantage of this special offer; deadline applies.

ADMISSION FEE: $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
Thank you for NOT SMOKING.

See exciting NEW live bird of prey programs


See exciting NEW live bird of prey programs and “free-flight” demos starring some of our most majestic raptors!

(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 find out what you can do to help our native wildlife!

(photo courtesy Connie Bush)

Meet the raptors up close in the Exhibitor Barn


Meet live owls, hawks & falcons up close and personal in our Wild Encounter! Immerse yourself in their world as you follow a trail through their natural habitats!

(photo courtesy Gordon Ellmers)

Presented, organized & founded by:

Friends of the Washington County Grasslands IBA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit land trust preserving critical wildlife habitat for New York’s endangered Short-eared Owls, threatened Northern harriers and other at risk grassland birds. We are the only nonprofit preserving critical habitat in the Washington County Grasslands Important Bird Area (IBA)! This area is critical to the survival of Short-eared Owls in New York State! It supports more than 100 other bird and animal species, including Snowy owls and 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

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.

HELP FIBA Purchase & Protect 64 Acres of “Critical Habitat”

Short-eared owls were once one of NY’s most common owls. Now, less than 100 remain. Help FIBA purchase and protect 64 acres of critical habitat for Short-eared owls, Snowy owls and other at-risk grassland birds. Your contribution will help ensure that this land – and the life it supports – is permanently protected.  DONATE TODAY!
(photo courtesy Gordon Ellmers)

Acres for Owls
$ 60,000.00
Raised $ 8,770.00 of $ 60,000.00
72 Donors

FIBA is a nonprofit land trust conserving critical habitat for endangered or at risk grassland birds

Campaign is ongoing

Recent News

Is a closer view or photo worth an owl’s life?

Snowy owls and Short-eared owls journey south from breeding grounds in the Arctic every year to spend the winter in the Washington County Grasslands Important Bird Area (IBA).  They come seeking abundant populations of the mice, voles and other small prey...

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New York’s Vanishing Owls

Flocks of 40 – 50 or more Short-eared owls were once a common sight across New York State. Now, less than 100 remain. Join Friends of the IBA (FIBA) at Saratoga Library on November 1st to learn about the hidden life of these mysterious owls and the habitat...

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