Friends of the IBA Conservation Success!

Friends of the IBA’s conservation of over 100 acres of critical habitat in the heart of the Washington County Grasslands Important Bird Area (IBA) since last summer is paying off! We’ve been seeing increased activity by Rough-legged and Red-tailed hawks, threatened Northern harriers and as many as 4 endangered Short-eared Owls all winter!! We expect to see a similar increase in breeding birds this spring and summer…

However, more land protection is needed. Friends of the IBA has new conservation initiatives under way, but development pressure remains high. We need your help to restore New York State’s endangered and threatened grassland birds to sustainable levels. Please send your donation today!

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.