Short-eared owl returns to wild!

Short-eared owl returns to wild!

This little Short-eared owl was found starving to death in late December. He’s pictured here with wildlife rehabilitators Dave Larrow and Cathy Lehman at the moment of his release during FIBA’s March field trip.  (photo courtesy Gordon Ellmers) WASHINGTON COUNTY...
Grassland Birds Benefit Everyone!

Grassland Birds Benefit Everyone!

Grassland birds prey on insects and rodents that damage crops or carry diseases such as Lyme and other tick-borne illnesses. They share their habitat with bees and butterflies that pollinate fruits, vegetables, hay and other crops. Farmers and gardeners would see...
Is a closer view or photo worth an owl’s life?

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 they depend...
Acres for Owls – Online Campaign to Raise Funds for 64 Acres

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 NY’s...
New York’s Vanishing Owls

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 in our own...
DEC ANNOUNCES SUCCESS OF I BIRD NY!

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 progress of...