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 closed on our first land acquisition in Fall of 2014. Thanks to Gerald and Joanne Loftus for their generous donation! (see photo below) 

  • FIBA expects to open an Outreach Center at the Whitehall Canal Center by Fall 2015

  • 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 a proud member of the Land Trust Alliance.

  • FIBA is the first official steward of the Washington County Grasslands State Area!

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.