Recent News

Acres for Owls – Online Campaign to Raise Funds for 64 Acres

Help FIBA Raise $60,000 to Purchase & Protect 64 Acres of critical habitat for Short-eared owls and other at-risk grassland birds!  Friends of the IBA is the only nonprofit acquiring and conserving critical habitat in the Washington County Grasslands for...

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...

DEC ANNOUNCES SUCCESS OF I BIRD NY!

Fall Bird Migration Kicks Off with New Signage Added to 38 Bird Conservation Areas   I Bird NY Challenge Engages Young People in Beginning Birding   New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos today announced the...

Friends of the IBA Awarded $50,000 for Grassland Bird Conservation!

Friends of the Washington County Grasslands IBA had an exciting announcement to coincide with the public launch of a fundraising campaign to purchase a 64-acre parcel of land in Washington County. The purchase will preserve critical habitat for New York’s endangered...

TAKE ACTION: SAVE OUR ENDANGERED GRASSLAND BIRDS!

Your letters are needed! Tell your legislators to ensure that Short-eared owls and other imperiled grassland birds do not disappear from New York State! The Washington County Grasslands Important Bird Area is critical to the survival of Short-eared owls in New York...

FIBA Receives $75,000 NYS Grant!

WE DID IT!! Friends of the IBA has been awarded a $75,000 Professional Development grant from the 2017 New York State Conservation Partnership Program (NYSCPP)! Thanks to the generosity of our members, supporters and the Board of Directors we raised the $25,000 in...

DEC Guidelines to Wildlife Viewing… Putting Their Survival First

Short-eared owls, a New York State endangered species, nest and roost on the ground. The owls emerge from the tall grasses where they hide and rest around dusk each day to hunt for mice and voles. The sight of a dozen or more "Shorties" flying low over a field is a...

Alfred Z. Solomon Viewing Area Open for Birding!

Friends of the IBA's Alfred Z. Solomon Grassland Bird Viewing Area offers premier bird viewing year-round. This site is a known "hot-spot" for wintering raptors such as Short-eared owls, Snowy owls and Rough-legged hawks.  Northern harriers and Red-tailed hawks hunt...

Friends of the IBA Conservation Success!

Friends of the IBA’s conservation of critical habitat in the heart of the Washington County Grasslands IBA is paying off! At least six Short-eared owls wintered at our site in 2016! We’re also seeing increased activity by threatened Northern harriers, hawks and...