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!

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!

Winter Raptor Fest 2014 a hit!

Owls, Hawks, Falcons, kids activities, horse-drawn wagon rides and lots of fun!

Friends of the IBA's annual Winter Raptor Fest supports our work to protect endangered Short-eared Owls and other at risk birds of the Washington County Grasslands Important Bird Area (IBA) and their habitat. More info at

View the 2014 Winter Raptor Fest photos here!!