ACTION ALERT: Take Action to Save Grassland Birds!

ACTION ALERT: Take Action to Save Grassland Birds!

Tell New York State Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie and Ways and Means Chair Helene E. Weinstein you want critical habitat for NY’s endangered and threatened grassland birds protected NOW! Tell them to pass Bill #A-6759 so that Short-eared owls and other imperiled...
I Love My Park Day – Give Back

I Love My Park Day – Give Back

Give Back to the Places You Love on May 5, 2018 I Love My Park Day is an annual event that brings together thousands of volunteers to celebrate and enhance New York’s parks, historic sites, and public lands. DEC has events at a variety of locations – from...
FIBA Receives $40,000 State Grant!

FIBA Receives $40,000 State Grant!

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and the Land Trust Alliance (LTA) announced $2.29 million in Conservation Partnership Program grants at the New York State Land Symposium in Albany on Tuesday. Fifty-one nonprofit land trusts across the...
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...