Past Events & Trips

Owl Watch & Winter Bird Walk

Date: 
Saturday, January 23, 2016 - 2:30pm
Saturday, March 19, 2016 - 4:00pm
Location: 
Washington County Grasslands
Description: 

Join Friends of the IBA with leaders Rich Speidel and Laurie LaFond 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!

Field Photography Workshop

Date: 
Saturday, October 10, 2015 - 8:00am
Location: 
Fort Edward
Description: 

Join Friends of the IBA for a bird photography workshop on Saturday, October 10. Celebrated wildlife photographer Dr. Gordon Ellmers takes us into the field to learn how to photograph birds in the wild. You will learn how to select and use equipment, compose shots, and get tips on the best times and locations for finding birds! This is a great time to catch the fall raptor migration.

Kestrel Nest Box workshop

Date: 
Saturday, September 26, 2015 - 10:00am to 3:00pm
Location: 
Rogers Island Visitor Center - Fort Edward, NY
Description: 

Join Friends of the Washington County Grasslands IBA on Saturday, September 26 for a fun hands-on workshop where you will build an American Kestrel nest box. New York State DEC wildlife biologist Marcelo delPuerto will brief you on a project to restore our smallest falcon species to a healthy breeding population  and provide instruction on building and monitoring the nest boxes. The boxes you build will (hopefully) become future homes for families of American Kestrels.

Friends of the IBA Field Trip

Date: 
Saturday, June 6, 2015 - 7:30am
Location: 
Washington County Grasslands Important Bird Area
Description: 

Join Friends of the IBA on a guided bird walk and brief auto tour in the heart of the Washington County Grasslands Important Bird Area as we celebrate the return of our breeding grassland songbirds. Likely sightings include Bobolinks, Bluebirds, Eastern Meadowlarks, Mockingbirds, orioles, sparrows and many other songbirds, as well as native raptors like the American Kestrel (our smallest falcon), Northern Harrier (threatened) and Red-tailed Hawks. Savannah sparrow possible.

Guided Bird Walk

Date: 
Saturday, May 23, 2015 - 7:30am
Location: 
Christ the King Spiritual Life Center
575 Burton Road
Greenwich, NY 12834
Description: 

Join Friends of the Washington County Grasslands IBA on a guided bird walk to look for and hear colorful sweet singing warblers, thrushes, tanagers, orioles and dozens of other migratory songbird species at the Christ the King Spiritual Life Center.  We’ll explore a couple miles of trails that meander through the open fields and wooded hills of this 600 acre private retreat located in southern Washington County. 

New England Coastal Birding Adventure

Date: 
Monday, May 11, 2015 - 12:00am to Thursday, May 14, 2015 - 12:00pm
Location: 
Plum Island, MA to NH and Wells, ME
Description: 
Join Friends of the IBA as we travel to some of the top birding spots along the New England Coast to see hundreds of native birds at some of the Northeast's most pristine and spectacular coastal habitats. Last year's species total was 93, yet our pace was leisurely. We're hoping to break 100 for this trip!
 

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