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

VIP Reserved Seating

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

Honorary Committee

Help Friends of the IBA and Winter Raptor Fest educate generations of people and help us save acres of land in Washington County.

Business Sponsorship

Businesses have an amazing opportunity to help Winter Raptor Fest and Friends of the IBA’s mission, but also partnering to reach thousands of people.









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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
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.

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)

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