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FIBA Closes on Loftus property!!!
FIBA Closes on Loftus property
Thanks to the generosity of Gerald and Joanne Loftus Friends of the IBA has conserved 14 acres of critical habitat in the heart of the Washington County Grasslands Important Bird Area for our endangered and at risk birds! The parcel supports several at risk grassland bird species and is a favorite hangout for wintering Snowy Owls and Rough-legged Hawks.
With your support we can build an endowment to maintain and manage this special property in the years to come. Check our events page for more info on the Ribbon Cutting event.
Thanks to all who contributed! Special Thanks to Couch White Attorneys Melanie LaFond and Stephanie Ferradino and Attorney Leslie Ryan of Fort Edward!
Friends of the IBA Receives $20,000 Grant
Friends of the Washington County Grasslands IBA (Important Bird Area) received a terrific gift just in time for the holidays – a $20,000 grant from the Alfred Z. Solomon Charitable Trust for the creation of the Alfred Z. Solomon Grassland Bird Viewing Area! Friends of the IBA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in Fort Edward and Whitehall.
Friends of the IBA President Laurie LaFond said the handicapped accessible Viewing Area will be built on the nonprofit’s recently acquired Loftus parcel, located on County Route 42 in the Town of Fort Edward. She said the group expects to break ground on the project this spring. Design is being donated by engineering firm CT Male of Latham.
The land was donated to the nonprofit Friends of the IBA group by Gerald and Joanne Loftus. The donation advanced Friends of the IBA’s mission of educating the public about and protecting critical grassland bird habitat for endangered Short-eared Owls and other threatened birds that depend on the Washington County Grasslands for their survival.
Land for Owls... and people too!!
Friends of the IBA (FIBA) is the only nonprofit organization working to conserve land in the Washington County Grasslands IBA and the endangered and threatened birds it supports!
FIBA’s work with local residents, farmers, landowners, government agencies and other nonprofits is growing support for our efforts to protect the birds and conserve their habitat while benefiting local communities.
Look at our progress:
FIBA will open our first Outreach Center at the Whitehall Canal Center summer of 2014
FIBA, with Washington County and Lakes to Locks Passage, was one of two groups in the state selected to host an I Love NY Wildlife Viewing Planning workshop
FIBA is under contract for our first donation of land in the IBA!
FIBA is a proud member of the Land Trust Alliance.
FIBA is the first official steward of the Washington County Grasslands State Area!