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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). 

ACTION ALERT: Save NY's Grassland Birds!

Tell New York State Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie and Ways and Means Chair Helene E. Weinstein to protect critical habitat for endangered and threatened grassland birds NOW!

Tell them to pass Bill #A-6759 so that Short-eared owls and other imperiled grassland birds do not disappear from New York State. Session ends June 20!

I Love My Park Day – Give Back

Give Back to the Places You Love on May 5, 2018

I Love My Park Day is an annual event that brings together thousands of volunteers to celebrate and enhance New York’s parks, historic sites, and public lands. Join FIBA and DEC in the Washington County Grasslands WMA to help clean up, restore, and enhance this special place.

FIBA Receives $40,000 State Grant!

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and the Land Trust Alliance (LTA) announced $2.29 million in Conservation Partnership Program grants at the New York State Land Symposium in Albany on Tuesday. Fifty-one nonprofit land trusts across the state will receive a total of seventy grants.

Short-eared owl returns to wild!

This little Short-eared owl was found starving to death in late December. He’s pictured here with wildlife rehabilitators Dave Larrow and Cathy Lehman at the moment of his release during FIBA’s March field trip.  (photo courtesy Gordon Ellmers - see link below for more photos...)
 

WASHINGTON COUNTY GRASSLANDS IBA, FORT EDWARD

“Everyone ready? I’m going to open the box.”

The Short-eared owl erupted from the carrier and winged rapidly across the snowy expanse in front of us...   

Grassland Birds Benefit Everyone!

Grassland birds prey on insects and rodents that damage crops or carry diseases such as Lyme and other tick-borne illnesses. They share their habitat with bees and butterflies that pollinate fruits, vegetables, hay and other crops. Farmers and gardeners would see their crop yields decrease without the FREE ecological services these birds provide. Losing these services could encourage producers to increase chemical usage, resulting in more harmful substances in our food, soil and water.

Join the Winter Raptor Fest 2018 Honorary Committee!

Winter Raptor Fest is FIBA’s largest fundraiser…

Help make this year the best Winter Raptor Fest ever!!

Become a WRF 2018 Honorary Committee Member and show your support for New York’s endangered and threatened grassland birds.

You’ll be acknowledged in the Winter Raptor Fest 2018 Program and our official Winter Raptor Fest website. Joining is easy!

Make a contribution of:

  • $250 – receive 2 WRF 2018 VIP PASSES
  • $500 – receive 4 WRF 2018 VIP PASSES

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.

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