Past Events & Trips

Mysterious Owls of the Washington County Grasslands

Date: 
Wednesday, March 1, 2017 - 7:00pm
Location: 
Crandall Library, Glens Falls
Description: 

A flock of Short-eared owls hunting an uncut field in front of you is a sight you never forget! Dan Albano and Laurie LaFond take you on a journey into Short-eared owl behavior and ecology with an update on their status in North America. These mysterious owls are declining across their historic range as they face increasing threats to their survival. Flocks of 40 - 50 owls were once a common sight in grasslands across New York. Now, they hover on the brink of extinction... 

Owl Watch & Winter Raptor Viewing

Date: 
Saturday, January 28, 2017 - 2:30pm
Saturday, March 18, 2017 - 4:00pm
Description: 

Short-eared owls flock to Washington County Grasslands! Grab your binoculars and head out to the Washington County Grasslands with Friends of the IBA Director Laurie LaFond & Field Trip Leader Rich Speidel to look for Short-eared owls and other wintering raptors.

AZS Viewing Area Grand Opening

Date: 
Sunday, October 23, 2016 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm
Location: 
160 County Route 42
Fort Edward, NY 12828
Description: 

Join Friends of the IBA for the grand opening of our Alfred Z. Solomon Grassland Bird Viewing Area on Sunday, October 23. The site offers premier viewing of kestrels, harriers, hawks and breeding grassland songbirds, including Bobolinks, Savannah sparrows and Eastern meadowlarks. It’s also one of the best sites in the IBA for viewing wintering Short-eared and Snowy owls! 

Grassland Breeding Birds in the IBA

Date: 
Saturday, June 4, 2016 - 7:30am
Location: 
Washington County Grasslands IBA
Description: 

Join Friends of the IBA for a guided bird walk and tour in the Washington County Grasslands to look for and listen to breeding songbirds.  An avian chorus awaits, from the flute-like trill of the meadowlarks to the cheerful burbling of Bobolinks to the songs, trills, and twitters of dozens of other species that call the IBA home!

Warblers & Grassland Songbirds Birding Tour

Date: 
Saturday, May 28, 2016 - 8:00am
Location: 
Northern Washington County
Description: 

Join Friends of the IBA's experienced birders for a guided tour of birding hot spots in Northern Washington County! We'll visit a forest edge where we've often seen Golden-winged, Blue-winged, American Redstart, Black and White and other warblers, as well as Great Crested flycatcher, Rose-breasted grosbeak and many other woodland edge species. A visit to nearby fields usually yields sightings of Bobolinks and other grassland birds. Orchard oriole possible.

Owl Watch & Winter Bird Walk

Date: 
Saturday, February 6, 2016 - 3:00pm
Location: 
Washington County Grasslands
Description: 

Join Friends of the IBA with leader Ron Renoni on a winter birding adventure as we look for wintering raptors and songbirds in the Washington County Grasslands Important Bird Area (IBA). Sightings last year included Red-tailed and Rough-legged Hawks, Northern Harriers and Snowy Owls Horned larks and Snow Buntings were common, especially after a fresh snow. We even had a Northern Shrike last year!

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