Grassland Bird Field Day

Date: 
Saturday, June 8, 2019 - 8:00am to 12:00pm
Description: 

Join Grassland Bird Trust (GBT) expert birders for a fun and relaxing morning of guided bird walks, viewing and related activities at two locations in Fort Edward.

1) ALFRED Z SOLOMON GRASSLAND BIRD VIEWING AREA
160 County Route 42, Fort Edward 

7:30 am – Guided “Early Bird” Walk with GBT volunteer Rich Speidel
Explore 64 acres of prime grassland bird habitat we recently added to our viewing area in Fort Edward. Be among the first to get out on this newly conserved parcel that supports at least 8 of New York’s most imperiled grassland bird species, including Northern harrier, American kestrel, Eastern meadowlark, Bobolink and Grasshopper sparrow.  Call Rich at: 518-623-2587,  Preregistration required. 

9:30 am – Guided Bird Walk with GBT volunteer Bo Harris – same as above except you get to sleep a bit later! Call Bo to register: 518-677-3350

2) LITTLE THEATER on the FARM – 27 Plum Road, Fort Edward

8:00 a.m. – Noon – Bird Watching & Bird Walks
DEC biologists and GBT volunteers will help you spot and identify a variety of breeding and migratory songbirds. We may take short walks on newly conserved state lands around the Little Theater depending on conditions.  These lands are part of the Washington County Grasslands Wildlife Management Area (WMA) managed by NYS DEC (Department of Environmental Conservation).

10:00 a.m. – Noon: Live Birds of Prey with Adirondack Wildlife Refuge
Meet a few of our grassland raptors, including an endangered Short-eared owl!

Noon – 12:30 – Awards Presentation & Remarks
GBT will honor New York State Senator Betty Little and Assemblywoman Carrier Woerner for their tireless efforts to pass our “Grassland Bird Bill.”  Thanks to these two legislators and three years of effort by Grassland Bird Trust staff and volunteers, this vital piece of legislation was signed into law in 2018. It requires the state to pay taxes on lands it owns in the IBA towns, ensuring that the cost of protecting critical habitat for grassland birds in Washington County does not fall solely on local communities.  Its passage has increased local support for grassland bird conservation in the Washington County IBA.