Acres for Owls Campaign - Help save endangered Owls!

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ACRES FOR OWLS - HELP FIBA Purchase & Protect 64 Acres of "Critical Habitat"

Short-eared owls were once one of our most common owls. Now, less than 100 remain.

The Washington County Grasslands Important Bird Area (IBA) is critical to the survival of Short-eared owls in New York State. The area provides critical habitat for Short-eared owls, Snowy owls and over 100 other bird and animal species. It supports 10 of 11 of New York's most imperiled grassland bird species, including Short-eared owls, Northern harriers, American kestrels, Eastern meadowlarks, Upland sandpipers, Grasshopper sparrows and Bobolinks.

Friends of the IBA (FIBA) is the only nonprofit acquiring and permanently protecting critical habitat in the Washington County Grasslands IBA for NY’s endangered and at-risk grassland birds.  We’re asking you to help us raise $60,000 so we can purchase and permanently protect this critical habitat! (photo of Snowy owl courtesy Ken Rohling)

Your contribution will help ensure that this land – and the life it supports – is permanently protected. 

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This 3 minute video highlights the endangered, threatened and rapidly declining birds of the Washington County Grasslands Important Bird Area. This unique area is critical to the survival of Short-eared Owls in New York State!

Friends of the IBA is working to conserve critical lands in the IBA before these amazing owls disappear from New York State - and our own back yard - forever. Contact us, if you would like to learn more.

Your tax deductible contribution can be mailed to: Friends of the IBA, P.O. Box 82, Fort Edward, NY 12828

Special thanks to Sean Junda Junda Video Enterprises for the generous donation of videography and production services, filmmaker David deVries for script development and oversight, and Dr. Gordon Ellmers for his terrific bird photos!

Friends of the IBA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit land trust conserving critical habitat for New York's endangered and at risk grassland birds.

Grasslands are disappearing across the U.S. at an alarming rate - and so are the birds that depend on them.  Short-eared owls, Northern harriers, Eastern meadowlarks and Grasshopper sparrows are just a few of the grassland bird species who have seen their populations plummet by 70% - 90% or more!  The extirpation/ extermination of NY’s grassland birds poses a serious threat to our food supply and the health of our environment.

The Washington County Grasslands Important Bird Area (IBA) is critical to the survival of Short-eared Owls in New York State.  Listed as a regional conservation priority in the NYS Open Space Plan, it supports 10 of 11 of the state’s most imperiled grassland birds.*  Yet less than 300 acres of this 2,000 acre grassland area have been protected!  

Help ensure that native grassland birds do not disappear from New York State -  Donate Today!

*Species include: Short-eared owl (endangered), Northern harrier (threatened), Upland sandpiper (threatened), Horned lark (threatened), Sedge wren (threatened), Eastern meadowlark, American kestrel, Grasshopper sparrow

[PHOTO: View from FIBA's handicapped accessible Alfred Z. Solomon Grassland Bird Viewing Area in Fort Edward; photo courtesy Laurie LaFond]

News

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 on for survival.

Thousands of bird watchers and photographers flock to the area soon after.  Most of the owls’ fans understand the need to keep a respectful distance, but there are always some who try to get too close.

Acres for Owls - Online Campaign to Raise Funds for 64 Acres

Please Help us purchase and protect 64 Acres of critical habitat for state endangered Short-eared owls and other at-risk grassland birds! Short-eared owls were once one of New York’s most common owls. Now, less than 100 remain. Friends of the IBA is the only nonprofit acquiring and conserving critical habitat in the Washington County Grasslands for NY’s endangered and at-risk grassland birds. Birds like Short-eared owls, Northern harriers, American kestrels, Eastern meadowlarks, Upland sandpipers, Grasshopper sparrows, Bobolinks and dozens more!

DEC ANNOUNCES SUCCESS OF I BIRD NY!

Fall Bird Migration Kicks Off with New Signage Added to 38 Bird Conservation Areas

I Bird NY Challenge Engages Young People in Beginning Birding  

 

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos today announced the progress of I BIRD NY, launched in May to build on the State’s efforts to increase access to New York’s vast natural resources and promote low-cost opportunities to explore the great outdoors and connect with nature.

Friends of the IBA Awarded $50,000 for Grassland Bird Conservation!

Friends of the Washington County Grasslands IBA had an exciting announcement to coincide with the public launch of a fundraising campaign to purchase a 64-acre parcel of land in Washington County. The purchase will preserve critical habitat for New York’s endangered and threatened grassland birds.

“Thanks to a generous grant of $50,000 from the Open Space Institute we’re more than half way to our goal,” Friends of the IBA president Mark DiIanni and director Laurie LaFond told enthusiastic crowds at Winter Raptor Fest on May 13 & 14.

Upcoming Events & Trips

Owl Watch & Winter Raptors!

Date: 
Saturday, January 27, 2018 - 2:30pm
Saturday, March 17, 2018 - 4:00pm
Description: 

Grab your binoculars and head out to the Washington County Grasslands with Friends of the IBA Executive Director Laurie LaFond & avid birder Rich Speidel to look for Short-eared owls and other wintering raptors. Likely sightings include Short-eared owls, Rough-legged hawks, Red-tailed hawks, Northern harriers, Horned larks, Snow buntings and more! Snowy owls always possible. Group size is limited.