Endangered Owls Need Your Help!

ACRES FOR OWLS - HELP FIBA Purchase & Protect 64 Acres of "Critical" Bird 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 important 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, Horned larks, 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 $125,000 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 dedicated to conserving NY's endangered and at-risk grassland birds. We are the only nonprofit conserving this critical habitat! 

Grasslands are the fastest disappearing habitat in the U.S. and grassland birds are disappearing right along with 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 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 Short-eared owls and other 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

We did it! Governor signs Washington County Grassland IBA Bill into law

Albany, NY – August 20, 2018

We did it! Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the Washington County Grassland Bill (S.1672 (Little) / A.6759 (Woerner) into law on August 17, 2018. The law requires the State of New York to pay property taxes on State-owned land  in the towns of Argyle, Fort Edward, and Kingsbury in Washington County, NY.

ACTION ALERT: Last Chance to get Grasslands Bill signed into law!

Our bill authorizing New York State to pay taxes on lands it owns in the Washington County Grasslands has been sent to the Governor for his review.  He has 10 days to sign or veto the bill. 
Let's make sure he signs it! 

PLEASE CALL Governor Cuomo today and ask him to sign Bill S-1672/ A-6759 into law!

PHONE:  518-474-8390

(Identify yourself as a Friends of the IBA member and remember to thank him at the end of your message)

DEC adds 180 Acres to Washington County Grasslands WMA!

Snowy owl in 180 acres, photo courtesy Gordon Ellmers
 

from NYS DEC Press Release, 07-30-18:

$326,000 Acquisition Increases Size of Protected Grassland Habitat to 466 Acres

Legislators Pass Grassland bird bill!

ALBANY Assemblywoman Carrie Woerner (D-Round Lake) announced the passage of legislation in the Assembly on Monday that will benefit grassland birds and the Washington County towns they call home.

The Senate previously passed a companion bill introduced by Senator Betty Little (R-45th Senate District). 

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