Winter Raptor Fest 2020 goes virtual!

Streaming available October 18, 2020 (starting at 9am EST) to November 30, 2020

Watch Owls, Hawks and Falcons in Flight – Virtually!

Grassland Bird Trust (GBT) invites you to help us make the 10th anniversary of Winter Raptor Fest the best one ever! We’re combining the best features of our traditional Live Bird of Prey programs, Flight demos and WILD Encounter to bring you a professionally designed and directed virtual event that will keep you glued to your seat!

Due to the pandemic, we are counting more than ever on Winter Raptor Fest, our largest annual fundraiser, to propel our work forward. Your attendance will directly support our work to permanently protect critical habitat for the rapidly vanishing grassland birds we all love.

Winter Raptor Fest supports Grassland Bird Trust’s work to preserve critical wildlife habitat for endangered and at-risk grassland birds. We cannot do what we do without your help – don’t delay, get your pass by donating today!

This production was filmed live at the Washington County Fairgrounds in collaboration with Look Media and Junda Video Enterprises (photo courtesy Gordon Ellmers)

p.s. If you purchase your Viewing Pass by October 18th, you will automatically be entered for a chance to win a FREE Grassland Bird Trust T-shirt from Bird Collective! Two lucky winners will be contacted on October 18th via email. The number of tickets awarded to each participant for the drawing is proportional to the donation:

Viewing Pass = 1 ticket | Raptor Package = 2 tickets | Owl Package = 4 tickets









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Grassland Bird Trust!

See exciting NEW live bird of prey programs


Watch 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 Peregrine falcons to majestic Snowy owls!

(photo courtesy Connie Bush)

Learn about the endangered, threatened and at-risk birds


Learn about state-endangered Short-eared owls and the grassland habitat they depend on for their survival. You’ll see and learn about dozens more native owls, hawks and falcons along the way!

(photo courtesy Connie Bush)


Grassland Bird Trust (GBT) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit LAND TRUST permanently protecting critical habitat for endangered, threatened and at-risk grassland birds across and beyond New York State.  We’ve conserved or helped conserve over 250 acres of critical habitat since our founding in 2010.  GBT is currently working on projects to conserve thousands more acres of critical habitat across the state!

There’s so much to do!
Conserving land for grassland birds, and the birds themselves, provide multiple benefits for humans – from protecting our food supply to preserving biodiversity to mitigating climate change!  Help us expand grassland bird conservation across New York State and beyond – DONATE TODAY!

Your contribution will help permanently protect critical habitat for Short-eared owls and other imperiled grassland birds!

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Winter Raptor Fest will return live to the public in October 2021! 

We hope you enjoy this year’s Winter Raptor Fest – view it virtually with your family and stay safe!

Grassland Birds need us – and we need them.

Your support will help save our world!

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