Our MissionConserving critical habitat for endangered, threatened and rapidly declining grassland birds

Conserving Land

Grasslands are the fastest disappearing habitat in North America. Grassland birds eat insects and rodents that damage crops. They share their habitat with bees and butterflies that pollinate fruits, vegetables, hay and other crops.
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Preserving Biodiversity

Conserved grasslands protect endangered and threatened birds like Short-eared owls, Upland sandpipers and meadowlarks. They also provide important habitat for over 100 other bird and wildlife species, including thousands of pollinators!
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Mitigating Climate Change

Grasses filter carbon out of the air and store it underground in their roots or the soil. Unlike forests, the majority of the carbon is not released if the grasses catch fire, making them better able to withstand climate change.
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Grassland Birds need us – and we need them.

Your support will help save our world!

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700Million Grassland Birds Lost the past 50 years
258Acres Conserved
78Acres Owned & Managed

Upcoming Events

american redstart
May 8, 2021 (8 AM – 1 PM EST)

Global Big Day Birding at Hicks Orchard

Spend Global Big Day 2021 in good company with Grassland Bird Trust (GBT) and Hicks Orchard! Global Big Day is a day to celebrate birds everywhere by getting outside and reporting your bird observations to eBird (created by Cornell Lab of Ornithology). Recorded observations help populate databases supporting powerful tools like animated abundance maps that help us understand global bird populations. A ticket to Global Big Day includes: hot mulled cider and cider donuts, birdwatching with experienced bird guides from GBT and Hick’s Orchard, and a LIVE bird of prey program with Trish Markey from Wildlife Institute of Eastern New York. Lunch will be available…
keel billed toucan
January 2022

Embark on a Costa Rican BIRDING Adventure with Grassland Bird Trust!

Join Grassland Bird Trust (GBT) on an incredible journey to the TOP BIRDING DESTINATIONS IN COSTA RICA! GBT trip leaders Laurie LaFond, Executive Director, and Paloma Spina, Board Director, will take you on this exclusive guided tour led by Greentique Birding certified guides.  We’ll see hundreds of native bird and mammal species, including Scarlet Macaw, Resplendent Quetzal, Keel-billed Toucan, Orange-bellied Trogon, Yellow-throated Toucan, Fiery-billed Aracari, Baird’s Tapir, Spider monkey and more! MEET the birds at eye level on a Canopy Tour, WALK the Cloud Forest at night, VISIT an active volcano and more!  Stay at first class eco-lodges and indulge…

Check Out Our Annual Newsletter!

Grassland Bird News is a free publication that discusses our work to expand conservation of critical habitats for endangered and rapidly vanishing grassland birds. Check it out!

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Recent News

GBT Awarded Two Exciting Grants!

The “Capacity & Excellence Grant” From the NYS Conservation Partnership Program (NYSCPP) Land Trust Alliance (LTA) and New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) awarded Grassland Bird Trust (GBT) a $50,000 “Capacity & Excellence Grant” in December 2020. The program is funded through NY’s Environmental Protection Fund. “The grants announced today support – activities […]

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Bird Collective GBT Campaign Nears $20,000!

When NYC entrepreneurs Angie Co, Tina Alleva and Ryan Goldberg launched their first campaign to benefit Grassland Bird Trust’s work to conserve critical habitat for endangered and threatened grassland birds, none of us would have predicted the incredible response it would inspire. “We had orders coming in from all over the country,” said Angie. She […]

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Birding with the Bird Collective

Excerpt from Bird Collective April E-newsletter: “We were on the move at the end of February to see all the amazing work that the Grassland Bird Trust, our first partner organization, is doing in upstate New York. We met Laurie LaFond, the founder of GBT, to share with her the funds we’ve raised so far, […]

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“We commend GBT’s dedication to the conservation of New York’s wildlife heritage.”

– New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos

Acres for Owls Campaign

Grassland Bird Trust is the only nonprofit dedicated to acquiring and conserving critical habitat for New York’s endangered grassland birds.  We’ve conserved or helped conserve over 250 acres of critical habitat since our founding in 2010.  We own and manage 78 acres at the site of our Alfred Z. Solomon Grassland Bird Viewing Area (AZS).  The viewing area is located in the heart of the Washington County Grasslands Important Bird Area (IBA).

Please help us raise $250,000 to purchase and permanently protect another 100 acres of critical habitat! 

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Our Partners:

Washington County Soil and Water Conservation Land Trust Alliance Watchable Wildlife